lebensunwertes Leben: A Life Unworthy of Life

Medical doctors understand the way a human body functions. The Hippocratic Oath compels them to “do no harm” to their patient.

A white lab coat is worn by someone who would help you: Would heal you.

It was always a doctor who did the selection once the train arrived [“left” or “right”, lab coat over their black uniform].

Kanada 1 and 2 were where the valuables were taken more easily and warehoused. The Poles considered Canada the the land of great freedom and promise.

I have seen a recurring pattern with the 100s of franchisees I have met.

  • In a clever “judo throw” of reality, franchisees’ past strengths are used to create their future disaster.

Here is how it works:
1. Most people believe if they work hard, are careful and defer gratification for the future, their family is going to prosper or at least be okay.

2. People believe that life is generally fair (ie. people get what they deserve: both good or ill). They trust. (Which just happens to be the foundation of all of western society progress, btw).

3. A cleverly created but misplaced patina of success (ie. successful for everyone but the investor) that surrounds all franchises is used to numb the potential investor’s critical thinking abilities long enough to get a signature.

4. Franchising is a sophisticated machine which has some unusual design features. Its function is to vacuum life savings for its owners and supporters (sucks but does not blow $, as it were). The individual brands may be owned by franchisors but the modern engineers are the franchise bar.

5. Once the cash is gone, what pretense can be used to explain the ash that falls like snow?

6. Via the skillful use of propaganda (words in the service of self-interest not truth) you are managed (ie. numbed, isolated, shamed, silenced).

That is where The Gospel according to Killer Due Diligence comes in: It not only “blames the victim” but it goes farther: It extend the SS’s (Schutzstaffel) Cult of Hardness.

The Jews were considered lebensunwertes Leben. Physicians became the Volk’s biological soldiers, readily agreeing to remove the dead weight these genetic deficients; this non-people who had a life unworthy of life“.
The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide, Robert Jay Lifton

In a similar way, franchisees are sometimes considered ballastexistenzen [human ballast]

  • cheap labour and a source of wealth,
  • mentally and/or intellectually defective, subhuman, pathetic,
  • a gangrenous appendix to be cut out, and finally,
  • excrement to be disposed of as cheaply and quickly as possible.

Direct medical killing and the jealously guarded administration of Zyklon-B gas was only developed because of the psychological damage done to the Einsatzgruppen assigned to kill prisoners by firing squad.

Rudolf Höss:

I had heard of Eichmann‘s description of Jews being mown down by the Einsatkommandos armed with machine guns and machine pistols. Many gruesome scenes are said to have taken place, people running away after being shot, the finishing off of the wounded and particularly of the women and children.

Many members of the Einsatzkommandos, unable to endure wading through blood any longer, had committed suicide. Some had even gone mad. Most of the members of these Kommandos had to rely on alcohol when carrying out their horrible work. p. 159

The peak killing rate at Auschwitz-Birkenau was 20,000 within a 24 hour period.

Economic Application: I have heard this same form of argument used in franchising. You say and actually believe that taking someone life savings is a noble act.

REASONING: In this world, some people have life savings that they don’t really don’t deserve. They have inherited it or it’s simply fallen into their lap. The test is if you can take it from them, they are not using it properly. They are inefficient stewards of wealth in a national, cut-throat economic war against [fill in the blank false enemy du jour: huns, commies, Japan, terror, etc.]

  • The liberator/thief sees himself as: a teacher [hard lessons to be learned, yes, but being fraud-proofed is a valuable set of skills]; a public benefactor [economic soldiers, in an inverted Robin Hood scenario] a visionary stormtrooper in an extreme ideology where even the word “liberal” is ridiculed as being the same as being soft, stupid: a loser.
  • Ayn Rand, libertarianism and militant individualism can be interpreted to help asway the professionals’ cognitive dissonance [wading through blood] as did the medicalizing of mass killings relieve the Einsatzgruppen of their psychological trauma of the biologically inferior human ballast in WWII.
  • The modern franchise elite do this by re-allocating wealth form small to large investors. The franchisors take the public vilification while the franchise bar tries not so successfully to wash their hands.
  • They are improving our economy by doing the what the doctors did in Nazi Germany: instead of being biological soldiers in the service of the Third Reich [accelerating the inevitable genetic purification of a bastardization of Darwin’s natural selection theories via eugenics], the liberators/thieves, crusaders in a holy war to liberate capitalism.
  • “Don’t you know that we are in a war and the normal rules do not apply? If we are to grow, we cannot afford the inefficient investment decisions that the losers make,” the disciples of unfettered capitalism shout.
  • “Yes, some people will be harmed in creating the thousand year market empire but it will be worth it. The individual must become hardened and accept their role. Everyone has their role to play their place to bask in the glory of the radiant new empire.”
  • “Trust us…We will take care of you.” See Justified Theft: A Life unworthy of Dignity.

BTW: Dr. Unbloody, “Beppo”, Josef Mengele, 2 PhDs, 1935

6 Responses to lebensunwertes Leben: A Life Unworthy of Life

  1. Carol Cross says:

    Ah! yes! The Rule of Law and Human Nature and Les Stewart’s depressing truth. Are there solutions? Will they be applied? Or, will the majority and the powers that be with vested interests still vote to offer ip franchisees as sacrifices to a good economy?

    We are looking at Australia. Will the Australian government have the guts to try somethning really new and effective to protect franchise buyers from financial death and destruction? Will Australia require full disclosure to franchisees by franchisors and and demonstrate that franchising can stand in free economies under fair laws and regulations when the franchise is a good opportunity for both the franchisor and the franchisee?

    Or, will the powers that be and the majority interests convince the government that the “world recession” makes it impossible to in any way inhibit the sale of franchises because this would further dampen the economy?

    Will franchisees be honored in the future for serving their countries by saving the economies?

    At least we know that the Sub-Prime Mortgage scandal in the US will mean that the banks and the lenders will somewhat constrain the worst of the franchisors when they return to traditional risk assessment practices.

    Maybe there are cracks and the light will shine through. Hope springs eternal! Can we look for the light?


  2. Atom Bomb says:

    “Thou shalt not kill” is a very poor translation of the Hebrew of the Old Testament and the Koine Greek of the New Testament. The proper translation is “Thou shalt do no murder”. Big difference in the meaning.
    Soldiers kill in time of war but this is not murder as the liberals claim.
    If one murders and is convicted and sentenced to death it is true that his/her death will not prevent murder. It will however prevent that
    particular individual from ever murdering again. This was the purpose of
    the commandment.


  3. giulianna says:

    Memoria y Tolerancia (Memory and Tolerance) was born in 1999 as a non-profit organization with the mission to promote tolerance through the historical remembrance of the Holocaust and other genocides. Memoria y Tolerancia believes that it is through the study of genocides, the most horrific examples of intolerance, that we are better able to understand the inherent value of tolerance and justice.

    From its inception, Memoria y Tolerancia projected a museum and educational center in Mexico City, keeping in mind that the best tools for the creation of awareness are learning and education.

    I am working in the museum exposition and I am interested in exposing the picture of Mengele posted in your page: https://lesstewart.wordpress.com/2008/08/21/lebensunwertes-leben-a-life-unworthy-of-life/ if you have the rights over the image or know where I can find it please let me know



  4. Curious says:

    You’re equating franchising with the holocaust? Are you mentally disabled or just a bit slow?


  5. Les Stewart says:


    Franchisees are frequently seen as less than humans. The latest quote is “assets that talk back”. You may not find that to be a de-humanizing attempt but others might.

    The Holocaust started by separating “us” from “them” in an environment of one-sided power. The gas chambers were a logical extension of a totalitarian state’s desire to take care of what they saw as human ballast.

    Fascism does not just reside in history books.



  6. giovanni perez says:

    vorrei una foto di Mengele. Quanto costa? me la potete spedire per e-mail? serve per un documentario culturale e gratuito.
    Grazi e cordiali saluti
    dottor Giovanni Perez -Italy – 39100 Bolzano – Corso Libertá 36


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