Why franchisees need $1-million cash in the bank

November 9, 2011

To have profitable peace with  your franchisor, you better be preparing for war.

Listen to George:

Pacifism is objectively pro-fascist. This is elementary common sense. If you hamper the war effort of one side, you automatically help out that of the other. Nor is there any real way of remaining outside such a war as the present one. In practice, ‘he that is not with me is against me.’

If you turn the other cheek, you will get a harder blow on it than you got on the first one. This does not always happen, but it is to be expected, and you ought not to complain if it does happen.

War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it.

We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.

George Orwell

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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.


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]


“Well, that fuckin’ fucker’s fucked.”

January 21, 2011

The greatest crime is not profanity per se (see Christian Bale below)  but it is the unimaginative use of any word.

I much prefer profanity than the intention degradation that occurs in franchising in terms such as “sharing”, “family” and “owning a business”. Orwell said that degrading language is the only way to make totalitarianism permanent and unshakable.

Northrop Frye on profanity:

Obscenity in language is an ornament except when it becomes routine, & in the latter event it approaches mere idiocy.  The most horrid example of passivity & inertia of mind I know is Woodside’s story of the soldier who gazed into a shell hole at the bottom of which a dead mule was lying, and said: “Well, that fuckin’ fucker’s fucked.”

(What sort of person is it, incidentally, whose feelings would be spared by printing the above as “that ____in’ _____er’s ____ed,” or “that obscene obscenity’s obscenitied”?) (Collected Works, 8, 10)

[An Educated Imagination]


When the news is not good, try to stick together

November 17, 2010

The promise was that you would have a business to sell.

Come together now.

Boxer in Animal Farm, George Orwell

[Animal Farms project page]


Franchising promises and delivers much to all stakeholders

April 27, 2010

A person makes a life and their life changes them.

Never again will you be capable of ordinary human feeling. Everything will be dead inside you. Never again will you be capable of love, or friendship, or joy of living, or laughter, or curiosity, or courage, or integrity. You will be hollow. We shall squeeze you empty and then we shall fill you with ourselves.

George Orwell (1903-1950)


To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.

March 20, 2010

Franchisees who think they can have freedom and securty without working together, are deluded.

Pacifism is objectively pro-fascist. This is elementary common sense. If you hamper the war effort of one side, you automatically help out that of the other. Nor is there any real way of remaining outside such a war as the present one. In practice, ‘he that is not with me is against me.’

If you turn the other cheek, you will get a harder blow on it than you got on the first one. This does not always happen, but it is to be expected, and you ought not to complain if it does happen.

Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible.

And a new favourite: They had their cynical code worked out. The public are swine; advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill-bucket.

— George Orwell


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