What is the purpose of an Advisory Council?

October 21, 2011

It is a very useful surveillance tool.

It an extremely cost-effective way to:

  • confuse and distract,
  • identify monitor and delete independent thinkers (ie. trouble-makers),
  • distract by talking about everything but $ (If it doesn’t jingle, it doesn’t count),
  • encourage individual and group despair, passivity and division,
  • “vampirize” the genuine credibility of franchisee members,
  • use a Good cop/Bad cop trick to avoid cash flow issues,
  • create a paper trail that is false (control of minutes, broadcast emails), and
  • debase, degrade and whore-out language and pervert/invert reality via lies and bullshit.

These elite-based techniques are centuries old and have been effective.

With some creativity, email and smart phones, the 1% is frozen in fear.

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Franchisees normally just slink away into the dark

February 2, 2011

Cut a deal, sign the gag order and keep your mouth shut.

That was the advice given to me by a group of my peers at Nutri-Lawn when I rented one of those lawn care franchises in the 1990s.

I didn’t go quietly into the night as 98.2% of franchisees do.

I felt I had nothing to be ashamed of and kinda resented the dehumanization of it all.

I guess I still do. I never imagined so many people feel the same way.

[eXperi-MENTAL]


Is franchising life-giving or life-taking?

January 31, 2011

Almost without exception life-taking.

Those that win financially, lose a big part of what it means to be human.

Their silence indicts and then condemns them.

Never heard the saying: money frequently costs too much?

[Olivia Locher]


Gag orders distort & defeat rational investment decision making

September 30, 2010

Franchising is as healthy as its secrets.

mike right-web

Confidentiality agreements are used promiscuously:

  1. pre-sale (when looking),
  2. at any cash payment for “wrongs” during the relationship,
  3. at renewal,
  4. at listing of business for sale,
  5. when you exit, and
  6. at any lawsuit end.

In my 15 minutes of fame, I was asked a question:

[John O’Toole] Can you suggest one thing within the framework we’ve defined that would improve – not totally correct; we’ve passed that, we’re not astronauts – but one thing we could do that would make a real impact on these 40,000 victims, self-imposed victims in some cases? What could we do?

Mr Stewart: Outlaw gag orders. Outlaw gag orders.

Confidentiality agreements encourage opportunistic franchisor behavior because they conceal bad behavior to unsuspecting current and future financial market investors. They are a very large source of imperfect investment information.

Silence puts gold in only the pockets of those proposing these “agreements” that are tethered to the franchisee’s life savings.

More corrosively, they operate internally the same way a false prisoner confession works.

Psychologically they create an internal silencing mechanism, part of which is explained by the concepts of cognitive dissonance, learned helplessness, and obedience (Milgram, Stanford prison, Abu Ghraib). The experience of franchising can be engineered to provide a subtle and not so subtle method of mind control as was seen in the ’70s case of est.

The victim becomes convinced that they were the cause of their own suffering.


Don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone

June 15, 2010

What is a franchisee, employee or independent contractor?

The Coverall decision has franchisors running scared all over North America (Coverall Ruling Sends Shiver through Franchising)

Any publicly-traded company that is underperforming is a target for corporate takeover. That’s a natural thing.  Companies get bought and sold every day.

But because of Coverall,  any potential takeover specialist would heavily discount the target’s stock value if their “franchisees” were really misclassified “employees”.

To protect their sorry, loser asses the current management team would want to re-convert all franchisees to employees as a way to prop up their pathetic share price.

Not great news for disorganized, current franchisees.

Welcome to new world of:

  1. no franchise,
  2. no job (try servicing your, maybe $200,000 of debt),
  3. or a minimum wage job (same debt).

Ignorance costs.


Franchising is a class-based offence against human rights

April 4, 2010

You’re only as healthy as your secrets.

That goes for a family and I think that goes for an industry too.

Historically, power elites have often enforced compliance by wielding class differences  such as education, income, race, language fluency.

Very obvious to see, when you get an impertinent franchisee (like me) not just speaking, but having the lack of good judgment of being alive.

impertinent adj. 1 rude or arrogant; lacking proper respect. 2 out of place; absurd. 3 esp. Law irrelevant, intrusive

This is exactly why I will attend any franchise law conference that I can afford. Until I die.

And I bring along as many guests as I can find.

Drop me a line.  😉


The greatest Lies are told in Silence

March 9, 2010

Himmler at Dachau

Every organization is only as healthy as its secrets.

Below: Reichsfuhrer SS Heinrich Himmler’s speech to the SS officers responsible for carrying out the wholesale extermination of the European Jews. Delivered in Poznan, Poland on October 4, 1943.

The text of the speech scrolls in both the original German and its English Translation.


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