|In 1925, the so-called 'Second KKK' claimed between 5 and 6 millions adherents in the USA. These included many upstanding members of the traditional establishment. However, until it was effectively destroyed by a grotesque corruption scandal in 1927, 'KKK Inc.' generated millions of dollars annually for its instigators http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D._C._Stephenson .|
A few years back, a British government official, who had been part of a team of accountants tasked with investigating 'Amway UK Ltd.,' told me (off the record) that he 'considered Amway to be the KKK dressed in a suit and tie,' but he also told me that he'd discovered many of his colleagues were 'unwilling to accept' his 'shocking analysis.' However, I told this unusually-frank civil servant that I had long-since formed the same opinion.
Revenue was generated in the 'KKK' simply by obliging its membership to keep buying all manner of over-priced merchandise and services (including: life insurance, publications, recordings, tickets to meetings, hooded robes, jewelry and other esoteric accessories, etc.). To increase their profits, the 'KKK' leadership acquired various manufacturing plants including a textile factory in Georgia which produced the hooded robes. Percentage commissions on all these millions of profitable transactions were offered to 'KKK' adherents as an inducement to recruit further adherents. In theory, the more adherent-customers any individual 'KKK' adherent -customer brought into the organization: the higher he climbed in the command structure and the higher the commission payments he received. Men often joined the 'KKK' believing that it was was means by which they could become not just wealthy, but also admired and respected. This has led many contemporary commentators to describe the 'Second KKK' as a pyramid scam, but fundamentally the organization was a classic, perverted 'secret society' - designed to shut down its adherents' critical and evaluative faculties in order to exploit them, but prevent them from facing reality and complaining.
In the most simple terms, the so-called 'Second KKK' was a enormous racket which survived by hiding in plain view.
Self-evidently, when you examine the evidence, all 'MLM Prosperity Gospel' cults are perverted 'secret societies.' However, even traditional 'secret societies' (i.e. those which have not been instigated or perverted for the clandestine purpose of human exploitation) are essentially deceptive organizations; for, internally, they exhibit the universal identifying characteristics of traditional dualistic religions whilst, externally, they are invariably presented using non-religious vocabulary and imagery. Furthermore, their instigator/leaders have steadfastly pretended that they are not religions. Thus, once you know how they function (by hiding their internal nature), its all too easy to copy the universal structure of traditional 'secret societies' and plagiarise their universal, two-dimensional 'positive versus negative' controlling scenario, but history proves that almost any reality-inverting external camouflage can be employed by the instigators of esoteric, non-rational ritual belief systems (religious, political, cultural, commercial, etc.). In the final analysis, what counts, is what these groups actually do, not what they say they do.
The original 'MLM' cult, 'Amway' and its many copy-cats ('Herbalife', 'Forever Living Products', 'Nu Skin', 'Xango', 'Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing' , etc.) borrowed plenty of essential 'Masonic' key-words and images. e.g. Without the slightest pause for thought, 'MLM' adherents invariably speak of 'Building the Business' (i.e. recruiting new adherents in the hope that they too will recruit new adherents, etc., ad infinitum) and of 'Tools' (i.e. thought-stopping publications, recordings, meetings, etc. which teach the adherents how to recruit and bring more money into the organization).
|'Xango' Pyramid of duplicating 'KKKs' leading to 'FFF' ('Financial Freedom Forever')|
Currently, by the organization's own disclosures, at least 1.5 millions ill-informed individuals are being churned through the 'Amway' pyramid annually. During the previous 50+ years, it is possible to extrapolate that 40- 50 millions so-called 'Amway businesses' have come and gone around the world. Far less than 5% of these de facto slave, human building blocks have remained to support, and build, the shifty 'Amway' structure for more than 5 years, and its not difficult to understand why.
|The 23 Degrees of 'Amway' initiation|
The hidden object of the 'Amway' game has been to trick vulnerable people into paying to climb through its hierarchical levels of 'obedience', and through parallel levels of 'initiation' in a classic esoteric system of 'outer and inner hermetic circles of secret knowledge'. 'Amway's' human building blocks have been graded by 'Pin-Levels' corresponding to the 3 classic, 'Masonic Levels, Entered Apprentices, Fellows of the Craft,' and 'Masters' - which themselves were graded by 23 Degrees.
|The classic 'MLM' illusion of a free-choice - doom or salvation|
At the top of the constantly-churning 'Amway' pyramid, has been a insignificant minority of exemplary human building blocks whose '100% positive' attitude and behaviour are to be duplicated in order to achieve 'Total Financial Freedom.' The highest initiates' secret knowledge, derived from the ‘God,’ must not be passed to the uninitiated and, for obvious reasons, it has generally not been written down. Internally, the 'Amway' leadership has said that their own prosperity, health, happiness, etc. has derived from exactly duplicating a proven 'business building plan.' (i.e. buying a regular quota of 'Amway' products whilst recruiting others to duplicate the same self-perpetuating plan). However, externally, to avoid criminal investigation, the 'Amway' organization has steadfastly pretended that success in 'Amway' can be achieved by selling products. In reality, because there has been no significant, or sustainable, source of external revenue other than the ill-informed participants in a dissimulated closed-market swindle, the hidden, overall loss/churn rate for so-called 'Amway Independent Business Owners,' has been effectively 100%. As ever, in all such frauds, 'Amway' victims have actually been peddled infinite shares of their own finite money.
|'Amway Diamond' ring|
The instigators of the 'Amway' mob, Richard DeVos and Jay Van Andel, have appeared on various lists of famous 'Freemasons,' where they were described as having achieved the '33rd. Degree' of initiation. The above photograph of Richard DeVos, in which his hands are carefully posed in secret a 'Masonic' sign, appeared on the cover of a cassette tape sold to 'Amway' initiates during the 1990s. I am now reliably informed that the 'Amway' organization has firmly denied that Richard DeVos is a '33rd Degree Freemason.' However, it is interesting to note that the 'Amway' organization has apparently not denied that Richard DeVos is, or once was, a 'Freemason.'
David Brear (copyright 2012)