Due to a recent enquiry about two self-styled 'cult advisers' who are still active in the UK, I am re-posting, and updating, an article from the past.
In 1945, whilst most, contemporary mainstream commentators were unable to look beyond the ends of their noses, with a perfect sense of irony, 'George Orwell' (1903-1950) presented fact as fiction in an insightful 'fairy story' entitled, 'Animal Farm.' He revealed that totalitarianism is merely the oppressors' fiction mistaken for fact by the oppressed. In the same universal allegory, Orwell described how, at a time of vulnerability, almost any people's dream of a future, secure, Utopian existence can be hung over the entrance to a totalitarian deception. Indeed, the words that are always banished by totalitarian deceivers are, 'totalitarian' and 'deception.' Sadly, when it comes to examining the same enduring phenomenon, albeit with an ephemeral 'American/Capitalist' label, most contemporary, mainstream commentators have again been unable to look further than the ends of their noses. However, if they followed Orwell's example, and did some serious thinking, this is the reality-inverting nightmare they would find.
Whilst watching this kitsch video of the 'Amway' fairy story, keep in mind that the quantifiable evidence proves (beyond all reasonable doubt) that, since 1959, tens of millions of individuals around the world have been churned through the so-called 'Amway income opportunity' whilst the overall, hidden net-loss/churn rate for so-called 'Amway Independent Business Owners' is effectively-zero.
Again bearing the above in mind, back in the late 1990s, I contacted (separately) two (apparently independent) 'cult advice associations' (legally-registered as ‘charities’ in the UK), ‘Catalyst’ and the ‘Cult Information Centre.’ I had an urgent enquiry about ‘Amway.’ I was obviously upset and in quite a vulnerable state, but I clearly explained to their directors that my brother (a teacher living in the north of England) had completely changed personality and become a would-be 'Amway millionaire.' I also clearly explained that my confused, widowed, elderly mother (with whom my brother was now living and who's large house he had turned into an 'Amway' recruitment centre) was in the process of signing over all my family's considerable capital assets into my brother's name.
In ignorance, I had assumed that Graham Baldwin (Director of ‘Catalyst’) and Ian Howarth (Director of ‘CIC’) were free-thinking individuals who specialised in the study of cults, and who provided independent free advice, and accurate information, to enquirers. However, both systematically excluded all quantifiable evidence to the contrary and they began to gaslight me - pretending that ‘Amway’ is a multi-national corporation offering individuals a business/income opportunity which a minority of participants have imagined to be a pyramid scam because they have lost money. They insisted that my concerns about ‘Amway’ being a cult were ridiculous, unfounded rumours spread by the organization’s commercial competitors and repeated by biased and ill-informed journalists. This was apparently in reference to ‘Amway’ having been profiled in the
After conducting further research, I discovered that Ian Howarth has absolutely no qualifications relevant to the cult phenomenon, whilst Graham Baldwin obtained a standard degree in 'religious studies' at Kings College London in 1986. Baldwin then persuaded members of the faculty of Kings College that there was a growing problem with cult recruiters on campus, and that he was going to tackle it by offering information and advice to students. This led to Graham Baldwin briefly styling himself as 'Chaplain' (a meaningless, but impressive, title). When I made enquiries to the religious studies Dept. of Kings College London to establish whether Mr. Baldwin had once been employed there, and why he had suddenly abandoned his self-appointed post of 'Chaplain,' I was contacted by the college's aggressive legal representative who informed me that, due to data protection legislation, none of my questions could be answered. However, when I contacted the UK Ministry of Defence, I discovered that Graham Baldwin's career as James Bond, is a fabrication.
I later discovered that, at the time I contacted them, Messrs. Baldwin and Howarth were both under contract to ‘Amway
I am reliably informed that not long after I had contact with them, Mr. Howarth (and possibly Mr. Baldwin) had direct contact with my mother, to whom he was presented by my brother as a 'cult expert'. Obviously, he never declared his connections with 'Amway.' In this way, an unqualified charlatan convinced my mother (who had begun to have some doubts) that 'Amway' is not cultic and that I was dangerously-deluded to say so. Indeed, she subsequently became totally-convinced that I was being paid by the British inventor/industrialist, James Dyson (who was in litigation with 'Amway' in the USA), to defame 'Amway' in the UK, and she even signed (along with my brother) a false deposition stating that I had made a full-confession. My mother died in 2004, never having recovered her critical and evaluative faculties.
Unfortunately, since the mid 1990s, Messrs. Baldwin and Howarth have been allowed to promote themselves as 'cult experts' whilst simultaneously living off funds deriving from a classic blame-the-victim, cultic racket. Indeed it's not just the 'Amway' racketeers who have paid them. Despite their self-righteous façade of honesty and philanthropy, the clandestine activities of these two in Europe, on behalf of their billionaire American paymasters, undoubtedly forms part of a pattern of ongoing, major racketeering activity (as defined by the US federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, 1970).
Howarth subsequently published a simplistic, and unoriginal, 44 page booklet entitled, 'Cults, a Practical Guide.' Of course, this contained no mention of 'MLM/commercial' cults. This potentially-dangerous ommission, must have been influenced by 'AmwayMLM' money.