Currently, part of the US mainstream media is desperately searching for a way of presenting the objective truth in the face of a bedazzling tele-reality President, and his flock of temporarily-bedazzled fans, who evidently can't recognise the objective truth even when it falls on their heads.
Trump's latest anedotal claims about massive (3-5 millions) voter fraud in the Presidential election (which he won), have caused many rational observers to consider the President's state of mental health. Certain critical media commentators are using the legally-safe term, 'falsehood,' to challenge what one of President Trump's own robotic propagandists has described as 'alternative facts' (a classic example of Orwellian doublethink).
The Editors of the New York Times have even begun to introduce factual footnotes to articles containing President Trump's parallel reality; whilst a few mainstream commentators have been openly-describing President Trump as hysterically funny as well as being delusional and dangerous.
I'd like to say to all these critical media types, welcome to the club, because for the last 20 odd years I've been challenging the pernicious Utopian fairy story entitled: 'Multi-Level-Marketing.' Although he has obviously not told the truth about the exact nature of his involvement, until very recently, Donald Trump was one of the most-convincing peddlers of a version of the 'MLM/ Prosperity Gospel' lie entitled, 'All Communications Network' ('ACN').
Interestingly, many of the ritual (doom vs salvation, negative vs positive, etc.), themes present in the 'MLM' controlling narrative are also to be found in Trump's own 'political' speeches - his inauguration address being a perfect example (although the President now admits that he didn't write it).
As regular readers of this Blog will know, I have developed a simple (red script, and/or italics, and/or quotation marks) presentational technique for clearly indicating what is fiction presented as 'fact.' Thus, more than half a century of quantifiable evidence, proves beyond all reasonable doubt that what has become popularly known as 'Multi-Level Marketing' is nothing more than an absurd, cultic, economic pseudo-science, and that the impressive-sounding made-up term 'MLM,' is, therefore, part of an extensive, thought-stopping, non-traditional jargon which has been developed, and constantly-repeated, by the instigators, and associates, of various, copy-cat, major, and minor, ongoing organised crime groups (hiding behind labyrinths of legally-registered corporate structures) to shut-down the critical, and evaluative, faculties of victims, and of casual observers, in order to perpetrate, and dissimulate, a series of blame-the-victim closed-market swindles or pyramid scams (dressed up as 'legitimate direct selling income opportunites'), and related advance-fee frauds (dressed up as 'legitimate training and motivation, self-betterment, programs, recruitment leads, lead generation systems,' etc.).
'The Universal Identifying Characteristics of a Cult'
Apart from its use in the sense of ‘a popular fashion especially followed by a specific section of society’ or ‘a person or thing popularised in this way,’ the traditional definition of the English noun, cult (Latin cultus worship), has been ‘a system of religious worship (Latin religiosus obligation, bondage) especially as expressed in ritual,’ or ‘devotion or homage to a person or thing.’ However, the word is now also used as shorthand for what is more-accurately described as a pernicious cult. This ongoing historic, and criminogenic, phenomenon can be briefly described as:
any self-perpetuating, non-rational/esoteric, ritual belief system established or perverted for the clandestine purpose of human exploitation.
Such groups are identified by the following characteristics:
- 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.
A COMMON SENSE APPROACH TO CULTISM
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.