Franchising and the Tyranny of Evil Men

April 2, 2018

Some money costs too much. It may not nececessarily be up to us to decide what source nurtures or what source poisons.

And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee..
Ezekiel 25:17

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Do the Canadian Franchise Association, Just Desserts and Sweet Jesus recognize any spiritual or family values?

March 27, 2018

Sweet Jesus is not just another flash-in-the-pan predatory franchise scam, although it most assuredly is that. In spades.

Instructively, it is a recent example in a long line of web of lies-filled schemes that the franchisor-led trade associations spin in Canada and around the world which enables far greater evil to manifest.

Reminds me of the cocaine-fueled Just Desserts situation, before the homicide(s).

Happy Holy Week to all my franchise banker friends, as well.


Franchising is processed as if it were a prison.

August 29, 2012

Phil Zimbardo says evil comes from hierarchy.

The Stanford Prison Experiment

  • Franchising harms people, over time by both sides (see Clay/Prisoner 416 and mock guard talk: start at 2:46). No regret, guilt. Only after upon reflection.
  • Prisoner 8612 @ 1:36 (after 36 hours ‘incarceration”)
  • Let me in on some knowledge…I know you’re a nice guy (You don’t know that).
  • People didn’t say anything.
  • Prisoner 819 did a bad thing… I have to prove I’m not a bad prisoner.
  • The situation degrades over time.
  • How program dissenters are treated by peers and guards (one sign of resistance: Prisoner 416). The guards go crazy. Not a hero but a troublemaker.
  • The Stanford Prison Experiment Slide Show

Problems with authority. Breaks from reality. Damaged feeling function. Lack of trust. Anger. Barrenness.

What do you think they chose? Most elected to keep their blanket and let their fellow prisoner suffer in solitary all night.


A cold, calculation to invoke a waking nightmare

January 29, 2011

The fear franchisees experience is an ancient one.

A knot-in-the-stomach; a feeling like you-have-no-skin type.

What to make of those that profit from this altered state?

If this isn’t evil, I don’t know what evil is [or could be].

[Clictr]


Opportunism during wartime is a very old idea

January 15, 2011

Franchisors controlling the price of needed supplies is an evil.

This central fact is true no matter if the public or franchisees understand they’re being gouged. Similarly, a state of war can certainly exist before it has been declared.

Every franchisee is at war with their franchisor over tied buying provisions, irrespective of the profits that each may or may not make.

Winsor McCay 1867 – 1934

[Golden Age Comic Book Stories]


The rush of battle is a potent and often lethal addiction, for war is a drug

November 26, 2010

I have seen many franchise wars in +30 years.

Chris Hedges who has been involved with international industrial violence for over 20 years.

Be Attentive:

…I have seen too much of violent death. I have tasted too much of my own fear. I have painful memories that lie buried and untouched most of the time. It is never easy when they surface.

I learned early on that war forms its own culture. The rush of battle is a potent and often lethal addiction, for war is a drug, one I ingested for many years. It is peddled by mythmakers – historians, war correspondents, filmmakers, novelists, and the state – all of whom endow it with qualities it often does possess: excitement, exoticism, power and chances to rise above our small stations in life, and a bizarre and fantastic universe that has a grotesque and dark beauty. It dominates culture, distorts memory, corrupts language, and infects everything around it, even humor, which become preoccupied with the grim perversities of smut and death. Fundamental questions about the meaning, or meaninglessness, of our place on the planet are laid bare when we watch those around us sink to the lowest depths. War exposes the capacity for evil that lurks not far below the surface within all of us. And this is whey for many war is so hard to discuss once it is over.

The enduring attraction of war is this: Even with its destruction and carnage it can give us what we long for in life. it can give us purpose, meaning, a reason for living… p. 3

And:

…the lie in war is almost always the lie of omission. p. 21

War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, Hedges, as columnist at Truthdig.com


Beyond my understanding

October 22, 2010

Four inches (10 cm?), first snowfall today.

Winterized my family dentist’s home lawn sprinkler system yesterday. I’ve always been lucky to know brilliant, strong and beautiful women. I remember: wisdom teeth gone, no pain medication but without a single complaint.

I once told Richard Solomon that I admired his ability to work in franchising for +35 years (135?) while still maintaining the veneer of sanity. Oiling that capital re-allocation machine, 60 hours a week, week-in, week-out with the full knowledge of the human and family costs that are only heard across the kitchen table.

I understand why Ontario politicians have been avoiding the doing what’s right in the franchise file for almost 40 years. I understand why everyone hates being associated with the message I bring and/or me. I understand things take time.

But some days, I have to just shut out the psychopathology: delete some evil. When I retrieve and read my paper, sometimes others have to pinch-hit.


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