November 17, 2011
Thinking of the recent challenges faced by a specific franchisor.
Being a leader, carrying great power and responsibility for other people’s lives, is a monumental test for the human psyche. The weak leader is the man who cannot meet it, who simply abdicates his responsibility. The dictator is the man who replaces the existing standards of justice and morality by more and more private prestige, by more and more power, and eventually isolated himself more and more from the rest of humanity. His suspicion grows, his isolation grows, and the vicious cycle leading to a paranoid attitude begins to develop.
The dictator is not only a sick man, he is also a cruel opportunist. He sees no value in any other person and feels no gratitude for any help he may have received. He his suspicious an dishonest and believes that his personal ends justify any menas he may use to achieve them. Peculiarly enough, every tyrant still searches for some self-justification. Without such a soothing device ofr his own conscience, he cannot live. His attitude toward other people is manipulative; to him, they are merely tools for the advancement of his own interests…
It is because the dictator is afraid, albeit unconsciously, of his own internal contradictions, that he is afraid of the same internal contradictions of his fellow men. He must purge and purge, terrorize and terrorize n order to still his own raging inner drives. He must kill every doubter, destroy every person who makes a mistake, imprison everyone who cannot be proved to be utterly single-minded…
– Dr. Joost A. M. Meerloo, The Rape of the Mind: The Psychology of Thought, Control, Menticide, and Brainwashing, 1956, p 115-6.
April 3, 2011
Four Egyptians had set themselves on fire in front of their parliament.
All tyranny falls: Many times triggered by those people are the weakest.
She stirred Egyptians into revolution
December 13, 2010
Don’t bring a knife to a gun fight.
Superior information and intellect has always toppled tyrants.
December 12, 2010
Franchisees need to grow up.
Benjamin Franklin 1706-1790
Tyranny is seldom (in the long run, never) imposed on people from without; it is a projection of their own pusillanimity (defintion: cowardice). Tyranny and mob rule are the same thing.
Northrop Frye in Fearful Symmetry
[via The Educated Imagination]
November 25, 2010
Identify the real protagonist, the Fixers.
And those that rent money.
The surest sign of a dying empire is when a franchisor starts self-financing when new franchisees had traditionally used a regulated lender.
Very high dangers of private, unregulated lending (prime plus 5%). Same as loan sharking.
Your house is the real asset at risk, not some phantom idea that you have equity.
See Champions of Tyranny What will the grocers say?
September 25, 2010
Any law exists because those most able to compete for it goes to the political process and wins.
This is how the Ontario franchsie law went in 2000. I was there.
Everyone’s interests were served very well, except the powerless: mom-and-pop franchise investors.
Sure a few attorneys were made multi-millionaires (continue to blackball, block and betray sincere advocates), the franchise bar has reached record numbers (God love those disclosure document revisions!) while the 2nd-worst-chumps, the false protagonists (the franchisors) got a short-term sales bump but their reputation continues to nose dive.
On any legitimate public policy level, the Arthur Wishart Act is a complete and total failure.
But as a way to launder mom-and-pop life savings via dim-witted franchisors?
Priceless to the true champions of tyranny (the franchise bar legal elite).
August 12, 2010
In my post On the Nature of Tyranny, I tried to present Northrop Frye‘s analysis of William Blake.
Blake saw the fundamental struggle on earth between two opposing forces:
- champions of tyranny (not the apparent nasties but those that profit from defending them; those that write for power; sophists) and
- visionaries (the “enlightened ones” lol).
Franchise bar: In advanced franchising cultures, there are two archetypal fixers: one for the franchisors and ditto for franchisees.
Everyone else in the franchise bar is lower status individual, dependent on these two alpha males and the evolution of the bar’s sociology: norms, history, rewards/punishments, career advancements, access to law makers/regulators, referrals, who is “us” and who is “them”, etc.
One role of the Tier 2 attorneys is to engage in battles on behalf of the pack when here is a threat.
Their out-of-character behavior explains a lot about a system that created, empowers and defends tyrants.
July 18, 2010
1. People think the most fearful people in franchising are franchisees.
They are wrong.
Franchisees certainly have difficulties but theirs are simpler and easier to deal with.
2. People then would believe that franchisors are pretty heavily weighted down with shame.
Yes. They have their share but not the majority.
3. The franchise lawyers are the locus of the majority of all shame-humiliation. They are crippled by it. The greatest fear I have ever seen is in the eyes of attorneys that I know. Some so great they are speechless when I see them.
Their role is to be Champions of Tyranny as Northrop Frye pointed out in his analysis of Blake.
Truth never comes into the world but like a bastard, to the ignominy of him that brought her birth.
– John Milton 1608 – 1674