'ACN' can be briefly described as the legally-registered corporate camouflage for a pernicious, or criminogenic, cult, i.e. a self-perpetuating, non-rational, ritual belief system, instigated for the clandestine purpose of human exploitation.
| 'ACN' instigators :|
Robert Stevanovski Mike Cupisz Greg Provenzano Tony Cupisz
'ACN' has been presented externally as a traditional association. This was arbitrarily defined by its ostensible instigators as a banal 'commercial' group, the 'American Communications Network Inc.,' a.k.a. 'All Communications Network Inc.'
- has a grandiose sense of self-importance.
- is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, ideal love, etc.
- believes that he/she is special and unique and can only be understood by other special people.
- requires excessive admiration.
- strong sense of self-entitlement.
- takes advantage of others to achieve his/her own ends.
- lacks empathy.
- is often envious or believes that others are envious of him/her.
- arrogant disposition.
Although initiation can at first appear to be reasonable and benefits achievable, the 'ACN/ MLM' economic pseudo-science gradually becomes evermore costly and mystifying. Ultimately, it is completely incomprehensible and its claimed benefits are never quantifiable. The self-righteous euphoria and relentless enthusiasm of 'ACN' proselytizers can be highly infectious and deeply misleading. They are convinced that their own salvation also depends on saving others.
The leaders of 'ACN' have continued to infiltrate traditional culture (particularly, by co-opting celebrities, former law enforcement agents and opinion makers) and to organize the creation, and/or dissolution, and/or subversion, of further (apparently independent) corporate structures pursuing lawful, and/or unlawful, activities in order to prevent, and/or divert, investigation and isolate themselves from liability. In this way, the 'ACN' racket has survived all ill-informed, isolated low-level challenges and spread like a cancer enslaving the minds, and destroying the lives, of countless individuals in the process. At the same time, its leaders have acquired absolute control over capital sums which place them alongside the most notorious racketeers in history. They have operated behind an ever-expanding, and changing, front of ‘limited-liability, commercial companies,’ and/or ‘non-profit-making associations,’ etc.
Although they can appear to be euphorically happy, will insist that no one is controlling them and that they are excercizing free will, the inflexible long-term core-adherents of 'ACN' are demonstrably-psychotic (i.e. suffering from psychosis, a severe mental derangement, especially when resulting in delusions and loss of contact with external reality); for anyone implying that they have generated an overall net-income lawfully by regularly retailing 'ACN' products and services to the general public (based on value and demand), is not telling the truth.
Tellingly, the accurate terms, 'general public' and 'overall net-income,' have been specifically excluded from thought-stopping 'MLM' jargon. These terms are usually replaced by the impressive-sounding, but essentially meaningless, words, 'income' and 'customers and end users.' When faced with wide-eyed adherents, and/or grinning propagandists, spouting this particular 'MLM' jargon, 'income' can be accurately translated as, 'net-loss income,' and 'customers and end users' as, 'members of the never-ending chain of losing-participants who have been deceived into regularly purchasing effectively-unsaleable commodities, and/or services(based on the false-expectation of future reward).'
'ACN' itself can be accurately described as being only one part of a largely-unrecognized, ongoing, criminogenic / cultic phenomenon of historic significance. The quantifiable evidence demonstrates that, for decades, right under the noses of ill-informed, and/or naive, and /or corrupt, regulators, legislators, journalists, etc., hundreds of copy-cat 'MLM' rackets have been organized so that effectively 100% of all contributing participants were compelled to lose their money, whilst the insignificant percentage of bosses have shared billions of dollars of unlawful revenue which they have laundered as lawful 'sales.'
For many years afterwards, recovering former cult adherents can suffer from psychological problems (which are also generally indicative of the victims of abuse): depression; overwhelming feelings (guilt, grief, shame, fear, anger, embarrassment, etc.); dependency/ inability to make decisions; retarded psychological/ intellectual development; suicidal thoughts; panic/ anxiety attacks; extreme identity confusion; Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder; insomnia/ nightmares; eating disorders; psychosomatic illness; fear of forming intimate relationships; inability to trust; etc.
David Brear (copyright 2015)
6. When, and how, were you first approached to participate in 'MLM' and when was the name 'ACN' first mentioned?'
- Was 'ACN' first presented to you individually or as part of a group?
- Did the presentation comprise drawing circles containing numbers and percentages on a board or sheet of paper?
- Did you fully-understand the presentation?
- Was the presentation given by a man with a woman nodding in agreement next to him?
- Were you given to believe that anyone could understand 'MLM?'
- Did the recruiters seem generally happy and excited as though they had wonderful news to share?
- to earn income?
- to buy products and/or services at a discount price?
- Neuro-Linguistic Programming?
- coercive behaviour modification?
- group pressure?
- covert hypnosis?
- thought reform?
- mental manipulation?
- love bombing?
- to alter you habitual way of speaking? (if yes, give a brief explanation)
- to alter your habitual way of dressing? (if yes, give a brief explanation)
- to alter you habitual way of eating? (if yes, give a brief explanation)
- to alter your habitual sleep pattern? (if yes, give a brief explanation)
- to alter you habitual social contacts? (if yes, give a brief explanation)
- that everyone above you in your 'MLM Network' was your 'Upline' and everyone beneath you was your 'Downline?'
- that your 'Upline' was there to help you and was to be 'admired and respected?'
- that your 'Upline's success in MLM depended on helping his/her 'Downline' to succeed?'
- to divide everyone, and everything, in your life into 'negative' vs 'positive?'
- that 'MLM' products were to be deemed 'positive' and non-'MLM' products deemed 'negative?'
- that you should buy a regular quota (by value) of 'positive' products?
- that you should draw up a list of prospective 'MLM' recruits comprising everyone you had ever encountered in your life?
- that you should progressively contact all these 'prospects' and attempt to recruit them using a precisely-worded 'positive' script?
- that when trying to recruit 'prospects' you should exhibit excitement and enthusiasm, and recite your own personal 'story' describing how your life had been been transformed for the better by 'ACN?'
- that you should never say anything 'negative' about 'MLM?'
- that you should never listen to, or look at, anything 'negative' about 'MLM?'
- that all persons who refused to join you (particularly, those who said 'MLM' is a scam) were to be deemed 'negative' and a threat to your own success?
- that all 'negative' persons were to be deemed 'losers, whiners, dream stealers,' etc., and should be excluded from your life?
- that all persons with regular jobs were to be labelled 'Just Over Broke' losers?
- that you should only have contact with 'positive winners?'
- that you should regularly buy, and listen to, recordings of 'positive winners?'
- that you should regularly buy tickets to, and attend, extended meetings conducted by 'positive winners' at which you took part in group, rythmic chanting and moving?
- that you should regularly buy, and read, publications, written by 'positive winners?'
- that you should exactly duplicate the 100% positive mental attitude and behaviour of the 'positive winners' in your 'Upline?'
- that you should regularly visualize your 'dreams an goals' in life (luxury cars, expensive houses, exotic holiday destinations, etc.)?
- that you should fix images of your 'dreams and goals' in strategic places in your home?
- that all persons who develop a '100% positive mental attitude and never quit, ultimately achieve their dreams and goals in MLM?'
- that all persons who 'fail to achieve their dreams and goals in MLM, are negative losers, whiners, quitters etc., who always try to blame others, when they only have themselves to blame?'
- that you should disclose personal information about yourself, and about your friends and family, to your 'Upline?'
- that you should gather personal information about your 'prospects' (i.e. the persons whom you wanted to recruit) in order to find their 'hot button' (i.e. a specific means of approach tailored to an individual's personal situation and which could get him/her excited about 'ACN').
31. As a result of duplicating the 'proven ACN plan,' approximately how many days per week were you active and approximately how much of your own time did you commit each day?
32. How long did you remain under contract to 'ACN?'
33. Did you ever retail any 'ACN' products/services to members of the general public, i.e. to persons who were not under contract to 'ACN?' (if yes, give brief details).
34. Did you ever attempt to retail 'ACN' products/services to any persons (excluding members of your own family) who were not under contract to 'ACN?'
35. Did you ever personally witness anyone retailing 'ACN' products/services to any persons who were not under contract to 'ACN?' (if yes, give brief details).
36. Did you ever manage to recruit anyone into 'ACN?' (if yes, give brief details).
37. What level(s), if any, did you rise to in the 'ACN' hierarchy? (give brief details).
38. What do you now consider yourself to be, or to have been - an 'ACN:'
- 'Customer ?'
40. As a result of your involvement with 'ACN,' did you lose contact with any family members, and/or with anyone with whom you had previously been close? (if yes, give brief details).
41. Have you filed, or attempted to file, a complaint about 'ACN' with any law enforcement agency? (if yes, give brief details).
- · ‘Don’t worry, I wasn’t born yesterday, a cult couldn’t fool me or anyone in my family… only idiots and weaklings join cults.’
- · ‘In a free society everyone has the right to believe in what they want… if adults decide to hand over their time and money to some charismatic guru, it’s their own business.’
- · ‘One man’s cult is another man’s religion.’
- · ‘I suppose you’re including all the people who believe Elvis is still alive.’
- · ‘Unless they are being physically held as prisoners, adults always have a free-choice to walk away if they don’t like what’s happening to them.’
- · ‘Perhaps some cult members get harmed, but that’s their problem not mine.’
- · ‘Cults have been around for centuries, there’s nothing new to learn about them.’ etc.
Cultism is a trap. Obviously, anyone who only examines the bait in a trap and who remains unaware of its true purpose, risks getting caught themselves. Just like a mousetrap, the basic design for the cultic trap has remained the same down the centuries even if the presentation of the bait has become evermore sophisticated. Sadly, many commentators have found it impossible - when faced with the apparently illogical results of cultism - to abandon their existing academic, and professional, disciplines, which are anchored in the logic of the traditional world. Consequently, their understanding has often been made impossible by misplaced objectivity. However, it must be remembered that a counterfeit banknote might be 99.9 % perfect, but the bit that is not makes all of it a fake. Similarly, in order to have any chance of understanding cultism, it must be approached from the apparently subjective point of view that its results are always the product of a contagious deception, the victims of which unconsciously accept fiction as fact. Only then, can the phenomenon be examined with genuine objectivity. Once this vital principle has been learned, the apparently authentic words and images reflected by persons under the influence of cultism - like those printed on counterfeit banknotes - are revealed as dangerous distractions. They should never be taken at face value and, therefore, I try to remind the reader of this at all times. Any commentator who repeats the reality-inverting shielding-terminology of any cultic group, but without detailed qualification (or heavy irony), demonstrates that he/she remains at a pitifully low-level of understanding.