For the benefit of the many new readers coming to this Blog, I opened it by stating that, 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 deceptively-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 actual, hidden net-profitability rate for so-called 'Amway Independent Business Owners' has been effectively-zero).
|Leo J. Ryan (first US Congressman to be assassinated in office)|
As well as the central structure which he arbitrarily defined as the ‘Peoples Temple,’ Jones organized the creation, dissolution and subversion of a mystifying labyrinth of (apparently independent) corporate structures, including the ‘Jonestown Agricultural Project’, pursuing lawful, and/or unlawful, activities in order to prevent, and/or divert, investigation and isolate himself from liability. Eventually, Jones sustained his activities by the imposition of arbitrary contracts and codes (loyalty, secrecy, denunciation, confession, justice, punishment, etc.) within his group, and by the use of humiliation, intimidation, calumny, malicious prosecution (where he posed as innocent victim under attack), sophism, infiltration of traditional culture, corruption, intelligence gathering and blackmail, extortion, physical isolation, violence, assassination, etc., to repress any internal or external dissent. Sadly, for more than quarter of a century, Jones’ increasingly paranoid delusions went completely unchallenged by an alarming number of unthinking observers in US law enforcement, the media and in the political, and religious, establishment. These people preferred to ignore the quantifiable evidence proving that Jim Jones was a mentally-unstable narcissist turned megalomaniacal psychopath.
After steadfastly pretending moral and intellectual authority throughout most of his life, faced with ego-destroying reality, Jones not only slaughtered his most-determined critics, but also himself, his family, his followers and even his pet animals, rather be held to account for a gruesome catalogue of clandestine crimes. These chilling events have often been inaccurately described as a 'mass-suicide.'
|Dr. Edward Lottick|
In 1996 (just before ‘Scientology’s’ attorney bought ‘CAN’), I met Dr. Edward Lottick (a notable physician from
|'Amway's' own cult adviser, Ian Howarth|
Dr. Lottick and I had a lot to discuss. Several months prior to our meeting, I had contacted (separately) two (apparently independent) 'cult advice associations' (legally-registered as ‘charities’ in the UK), ‘Catalyst’ and the ‘Cult Information Centre,’ with an urgent enquiry about ‘Amway.’ I explained to their directors that my brother (a teacher) had completely changed personality and become a would-be 'Amway' superman/millionaire, and that my confused, widowed, elderly mother (with whom my brother was now living and whose 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, falsely - believing that she was supporting him in building a philanthropic business that would soon transform his life, and the lives of his recruits, bringing them freedom, prosperity and happiness. 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 steadfastly pretended 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, but 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. Amazingly, this was in reference to ‘Amway’ having been profiled in the
The ‘special investigation’ by "Time Out' News Editor, Tony Thompson, was headed:
|Prof. Robert Jay Lifton|
|'Amway Diamond' Shills, Dexter and Birdie Yager|
Almost a decade after Tony Thompson's 'Time Out' article exposing 'Amway, ' American network television discovered the identical racket in the USA, but hidden behind the corporate front of 'Quixtar.'
From my own disturbing experience with members of my family, after reading Tony Thompson’s article and examining other similar evidence collected by UNADFI, I had immediately realized that my brother (at a vulnerable time in his life) had (in exchange for an illusory Utopian offer of 'future freedom, prosperity and happiness') sold his soul to a gang of sanctimonious, American-based racketeers, and that all Lifton's published ‘thought reform themes’ were present within ‘Amway.’ However, this obvious analysis was systematically rejected by Messrs. Baldwin and Howarth. Laughably, they actually tried to undermine my trust in the independent media (an information-control technique, clearly-explained in the first of Lifton's 'themes'). Yet, at this time,
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 promoted themselves as 'cult experts' whilst simultaneously living off funds deriving from a classic, self-perpetuating, blame-the-victim, cultic fraud which, for obvious reasons, they have both completely denied the existence of. Indeed, despite their self-righteous façade of honesty and philanthropy, their clandestine activities 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). Messrs. Baldwin and Howarth have been reported in the UK media as having helped thousands of cult victims, and their relatives, in the UK. However, these frequent, glowing portraits seem to be based largely on Messrs, Baldwin and Howarth's own unsubstantiated, and unchallenged, anecdotal statements about their own alleged activities which they have gradually fed to the press (particularly, to one freelance journalist of their acquaintance). Sadly, these absurd lies have been repeated so often, that eventually they have become accepted as the truth.
Meanwhile, in the adult world of quantifiable reality, Ian Howarth's painfully low-level of understanding of the cult phenomenon, is perfectly demonstrated in this video of a BBC debate on 'Scientology,' from 1996 where he appeared alongside, Heber Jentzsch, David Mellor MP and John Wadham, claiming to be representing thousands of cult victims in Britain. For some unexplained reason Ian Howarth was apparently calling himself 'Hayworth,' at the time.
For a while, Ian Howarth succeeded in infiltrating a French government-financed, pan-European federation of cult research/advice associations, FECRIS. In 2004, at my instigation, during a FECRIS conference in Marseilles (at which I was present), Mr. Howarth was privately invited by the board of FECRIS to participate in an internal enquiry (to be conducted by Anne Edelstam and Jean Pierre Jugla) into the extent of his connections with 'Amway.' Howarth's initial response, was to admit that, yes, he was a paid consultant to 'Amway UK Ltd.' He then told the astonished board members of FECRIS that he wanted the other FECRIS associations to pass any complaints they had received about 'Amway' to him because he had already negotiated compensation for people who had lost money. Subsequently, Howarth was given a series of written, common-sense questions about his 'Amway' connections by Anne Edelstam and Jean Pierre Jugla, which (not surprisingly) he flatly refused to respond to. However, before he could be kicked out of FECRIS, Mr. Howarth resigned and accused its board of 'behaving like a cult.'
Ian Howarth has more recently published a simplistic, and unoriginal, 44 page booklet entitled, 'Cults, a Practical Guide.' Whilst the following quote is taken from the Graham Baldwin's 'Catalyst' website:
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