In 1945, whilst most contemporary mainstream commentators were unable to look beyond the ends of their noses, with a perfect sense of irony, Eric Arthur Blair a.k.a. 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.
For more than 70 years, successive grinning generations of two Dutch-American families (DeVos and Van Andel) have got away with building 'Amway' - a labyrinth of legally-registered corporate structures, pursuing lawful, and/or unlawful, enterprises. They have used these private companies to peddle a pernicious totalitarian fairy story entitled, 'Multi-Level Marketing,’ which they, and their propagandists, have steadfastly pretended to have brought great benefit to humanity. During this shameful period, these two clans of world-class liars have become fabulously wealthy, whilst tens of millions of ill-informed individuals around the globe have quietly-continued to be churned through a dissimulated rigged-market swindle (a.k.a. pyramid scheme) and related advance fee frauds. At the same time, many of these victims have had their minds hijacked by a perversion of the ‘positive (good) versus negative (evil)’ Christian belief system. Although the unpaid proselytisers for this self-perpetuating crime-wave were given the illusion that they were making a free-choice, they were, in fact, subjected to co-ordinated, devious techniques of social, psychological and physical persuasion designed to facilitate the shutting down of their critical, and evaluative, faculties (without their fully-informed consent). In this way, a significant minority of chronic 'Amway' victims have been deceived into dissipating all their mental, physical and financial resources to the benefit of a sanctimonious little gang of self-proclaimed ‘compassionate Christian capitalists,’ whom they continued blindly to trust and follow no matter what suffering this entailed.
Major organised crime groups were supposedly identified by US legislators as a cancer that had previously been allowed to gnaw its way into the heart of the republic when, in 1970, severe criminal penalties, and powerful civil remedies, were finally provided as a defence in the form of the US federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. Yet US federal prosecutors have (so far) done nothing to prevent the bosses of 'Amway' (the original, blame-the-victim 'MLM' racket), and their associate criminal enterprises, from maintaining control over billions of stolen dollars. Indeed, certain, corrupt senior political figures and legally-qualified law enforcement agents have enthusiastically assisted in protecting the group’s kitsch front - obstructing full-exposure of the sinister cult that has lurked behind it. Tellingly, the beneficiaries of the 'Amway' racket have invested some of their ill-gotten gains to infiltrate traditional culture to a degree which makes even the most-notorious Mafia 'Wise Guys' look like a bunch of amateurs.
In the following article, Robert FitzPatrick offers his thoughts on his recent visit to 'Amway World HQ' in Ada Michigan. Readers should bear in mind that this impressive edifice (indeed, the entire bedazzling game of Utopian make-believe of which it has been a key-element), has been paid for by the unpaid labour of tens of millions of ill-informed individuals who have continued to be churned through the ranks of 'Amway' adherents over a period spanning several decades. 'Amway World HQ' remains only part of a classic information monoply which the bosses of 'Amway' (just like the bosses of any centrally-controlled totalitarian regime) have always sought to maintain. Yet in the USA, 'a deliberate scheme to obtain financial or similar gain by using false statements, misrepresentations, concealment of important information, or deceptive conduct,' is known in law as: 'criminal fraud.'
David Brear (copyright 2023)