Recently, I have been in contact with a British political scientist/ researcher who has begun to look at so-called 'Multi-Level Marketing.'
The researcher first became aware of 'MLM' after listening to a disturbing American public radio programme about an 'MLM' called 'Wake Up Now.'
He then discovered that 'Wake Up Now' has closed-down.
The researcher was then astonished to discover what has been going on in the USA concerning 'Herbalife,' because the ongoing investigation of this vast publicly-traded 'MLM company' by agencies of the US federal government, hasn't really been reported by the British mainstream media even though 'Herbalife' has been operating in Britain for many years.
Over the weekend, I was asked some uncommonly interesting questions by the same researcher who, after being directed to a significant group of concerned British witnesses to the disturbing results of 'Forever Living Products' (on a popular Internet forum, 'Mumsnet'), now accepts that probably the entire 'MLM' phenomenon is not at all what it seems to be at first glance. The Internet (particularly Facebook), is infested with robotic 'FLP' recruiters, all reciting the same 'Prosperity Gospel' script.
I don't usually take part in public debates on forums, but the researcher persuaded me to post evidence concerning the wider 'MLM' phenomenon (+ my overall analysis of 'MLM' as being part of the cult/totalitarian phenomenon) on 'Mumsnet,' just to see what the reaction of ordinary members of the British public would be. Predictably, the more information I posted and the more I insisted that 'Mumsnet' members should concentrate on examining the wider-picture of 'MLM:' the more overwhelmed certain members became, and the more I became unwelcome on the 'Forever Living Products' thread.
Even though Mumsnet members essentially agreed with my overall analysis, a few of them started to say that my explanation of the MLM phenomenon was both long and hard to read and that it sounded as though I was an obsessed conspiracy theorist.Yet, ironically, I'd made it very clear in my explanation, that in order to understand cultism fully, observers need to be able to put their existing beliefs and instincts to one side, and think the unthinkable.
The researcher then asked me:
- Why do you think the true failure rates in MLMs have not been reported by UK journalists?
- What would you say has been the true extent of MLM in the UK?
- Does MLM have any precedent?
- Do you think that MLM will ever be banned in the UK?
- Why do think some people prefer to see MLMs as frauds, rather than cults?
David Brear (copyright 2015).