Professor Leacock‘s full quote:
Advertising can best be described as the science of arresting the human intelligence long enough to get money from it.
Franchising is just like that.
The primary stage of arrested intelligence (entrepreneurial wishful thinking) is call pre-sale due diligence.
Due diligence, DD was created as a concept to serve the sellers, NOT the buyers of franchisors. Perfect, “110%” awesome research can NOT provide reasonable protection against post-sale franchisor opportunism.
DD cannot stop a totally sweetheart franchisor from turning into the worst predator, unilaterally and selectively after the contract is signed.
DD never could and it never will.
DD was created to give a plausible excuse why 1,000s of hard-working, honest investors have lost their life savings. It is maintains the ” confidence” in the game, cools out the mark and confuses and distracts people. When the siht hits the fan…the victim is blamed and most importantly, their shame (stigma, spoiled identity, self-loathing) silences their potential dissent.
Dr. Donald L. Nathanson (The Name of the Game is Shame) provides a nice treatment of a very powerful affect: shame. His Compass of Shame, I find very interesting. He defines 4 patterns of reaction:
- attack others or
- attack self.
Note how certain ones of these strategies are encouraged to be used over at Blue MauMau and Franchise-Chat.com. People are ridiculed our shouted-down, banned, shouted, censored or made to be felt stupid. Even to the point of lecturing rape victim advocacy groups on their ignorance of asinine legal processes.
Just like they know the distracting qualities of such a lovely image, above.
Confusion, distraction, sleight of hand…not very difficult to disable critical thinking, is it?