Would a bankrupted Amway/Quixtar/Alticor be a good thing? Fucking-A!
The following are just a few reasons why a financially ruined Amway would be beneficial to American society and the rest of the world:
· Amway has ripped off millions of people out of billions of dollars. I have disccssed this on this blog and others, notably Eric Sheibeler, have documented this. If you are not familiar with the kingpins "tools" scandal, check out Dateline NBC's segment on Quixtar from a few years ago (Part 1 and Part 2). Amway, Quixtar, and Alticor's other incarnations are nothing more than a duel pyramid scheme comprised of Ponzi schemes surrounding the products and the "tools"--the motivational aids and rallies that have made a small elite wealthy on the backs of their downlines.
· Amway represents just about every characteristic that non-Americans think about when they envision "the Ugly American."
· The owners of Amway and the top distributors (the "kingpins") adhere to reactionary, dominionist, and theocratic politics. Bankrupting the company would be one way to de-fund the radical right.
· Much of Amway is cult-like and is antithetical to freedom of thought and conscience.
· Even though a new distributor has little chance of getting rich--or even breaking even--many of the motivational organizations possess an ugly theodicy that blames the se "failures" not on Amway's corrupt system but encourages these people to blame themselves for their own victimization.
· The rank-and-file of Amway are mostly decent people but the leadership and kingpins are just awful people.
·Killing two birds with one stone. Erik Prince, who heads Blackwater USA, is an in-law of the co-founding DeVos family. Amway's financial problems could lead to financial problems for Blackwater USA.
What can be done to attain this goal?
· Media hacking. Use your computer skills to fight Amway. The blogger Google-bomb I initiated has been a huge success and has cost them a lot of business.
· My idea of providing a multi-lingual series of websites that appeal to non-Americans that emphasize the pro-Bush, reactionary, and Christian theocratic culture of the Amway leadership would go a long way to hurt the company's prospects in the rest of the world.
· Supporting disgruntled former Amway distributors. One of the problems with these former IBOs is that they tend to be conservative and tend not to be familiar with potentially effective direct action tactics (e.g., picketing Amway rallies). An outreach to these people could be very beneficial.
· Encourage progressives to fight Amway. When I talk to progressives about Amway, they often respond the same way that they respond to Sun Myung Moon and the Unification movement--that it's old hat from the 1970's. Progressives ignore Amway and its poisonous agenda to their detriment.
· Enlist the Democratic Party. I list this option last because I have I have given up on the Democrats. As a whole, the Democrats are the biggest wusses in the world. When I look at how Amway and the Unification movement have run roughshod over this country, I point the finger of blame on the Democratic Party for doing nothing about it. It would be nice if a future Obama administration were to appoint members of the Federal Trade Commission who would enforce the law.
The upshot is that a lot can be done with very little.