Underperforming franchisees deserve to lose their life (savings)

May 27, 2010

Franchisees that have run out of money are human ballast (ballastexistenzen) and not worthy of existence.

They are a drain on non-disgruntled (gruntled?) peers and the system as a whole. Lawyers, advisers and consultants, too.

Franchisees are really quick to join their franchisors in determining the “other” is not fit to survive: lebensunwertes Leben (unworthy of corporate life).

Hier trägst du mit is translated as here you are also carrying.

First you believe they have no rights and then you can act as if that were true. Even to the most extreme measures.

Nazis burned books 70 years ago. Fishy blocks writers/viewers today?

November 16, 2009

DeadFishAustraliadead fish’s reputation washed up on the shores of Australia last week.

Carol Cross is a friend of mine.

She drives me crazy at times with her repetition. But, then again, I irritate people too. 🙂

I allow anyone to post on FranchiseFool. Carol tells me she is still banned from contributing at the FranchiseeFishNet.org.

This is unacceptable to me.

Carol cannot even see The Fish on her computer: that’s right, she’s that blocked. This is wrong on so many levels.

It’s not wrong because she’s my friend: It’s evil because she is  a person. Plus a citizen of the greatest democracy on earth. A veteran’s wife. A former franchisee invest0r.

This is  offensive to anyone that ever believed in the right of free speech, natural justice, military honour, the rule of law, democracy…

If you feel you “have to” block, censor, gag or burn books, you better take another look at your business model.

And, I suggest, the “friends” you have as advisors.

Any industry that can be shown to be fascists by an  little old lady isn’t deserving of any investment, let alone respect.

PS: I was stopped for a day (Nov 12, 2009) as a registered contributor to The Fish last week. I’ve put up with 1,001 cheap shot comments for a full 3 years (459 points) now. I have no fishy, behind-the-scenes telephone calls: I never explain or complain or apologize. I had to post as a Guest and was reinstated for a day.

My offense?  I wrote and posted a very valid post (I think) about economic fascism (Arguments in the Service of Power (subjective truth)) that was clearly addressed to Ray Borradale in Australia. I intentionally hid the Hitler, Goebbels and Mussolini quotes. I wonder when the post will be deleted? Good thing I captured it beforehand.

If anyone else alive or brain-dead took offence to having their behaviour compared to fascists…well..if the show fits…

Then the fish goes ahead and wears it.

That post and and 16 McLuhan quotes were thrown into the fish’s text ghetto: Ranter’s Soapbox, Way Off Topic Posts.  This is where all politically honest objective truth posts are put.

I was reinstated and my posts exist (for now). Some old lady named Carol is still is banned from the fish. I tested the waters, intentionally, one day after Canada’s Remembrance Day. My parents both fought and my Uncle Neil died resisting historical Nazis in WWII. I was not going to be bullied by a Guest troll.

You decide if totalitarianism is alive or dead in franchising today. Who is crooked, misleading and/or tyrants?

Either way, your comments are welcomed.

Franchisees are revolting, but in a new way this time

April 11, 2009

wolfgrandmaPredatory franchisors and those that continue to profit from their action give the distinct impression that franchisees are a lower form of life. They are:

  1. Slow.
  2. Greedy.
  3. Lazy.

This part-economic, -social and -cultural discrimination performs several very important functions for the elite but most immediately it provides the intellectual grounding for:

…”liberating” franchisees’ life savings by any means possible.

This liberation helps the economy because franchisees’ life savings (by this perspective) are inefficiently husbanded by stupid people. They prove franchisees’ passivity and idiocy every day when they hawk the latest loser business model.

Franchisees deserve what they get because they are a lower form of life.

They have, in modern secular and economic terms, a life unworthy of life (lebensunwertes leben). Everyone in the mob sleeps well because they are simply slaughtering subhumans’ capital heritage for the “common economic good”. The predators are society benefactors: genetic soldiers in the inevitable sacrifice of the weak being trussed-up to feed the strong.

  • This is how the wolf sees himself: improving free enterprise by killing the weak, lame, stupid, slow,  infirm or elderly.

Some, however, are starting to see this Walter Mittyesque view differently. They see modern franchising as a:

bastardization of valid biological natural selection theory mixed in with an infantile parroting of a 4th rate intellectual “stew” of eugenics, laissez-faire dogmatism, propaganda, piracy and mind-numbing self-interest.

Don Sniegowski at Blue MauMau reports today that Over a Thousand Franchisees Demand to See Televised UPS Store Trial.

LOS ANGELES – Against opposition by United Parcel Service, Inc., some 1,400 franchise owners have requested that the Los Angeles Superior Court allow them to see on closed circuit television a class action lawsuit of The UPS Store and Mail Boxes Etc. franchisees going up against their franchisor.

Further down in the comments, the “How-to-Contribute” is helpfully presented.

Before any valid re-ordering, chaos must reign. This seems to be the way it always happens. It starts in the city of angels but that’s not where it will end.

The cowards have always relied on the fixer but from now on, it’s beyond his reach. Memory, witness and narrative seem to have awoken from a form of spell.

upsstore, mailboxesetc, Peter Thomas

It’s over.

Eugenics: False Biology in the service of the State

November 25, 2008

naziidealfamily1These are the idealized citizens that were shown on the cover of “New People” in 1938 in Germany.

These pure nordic types were an important part of the nazi’s biomedical vision and 1,000 reich.

There were 5 identifiable steps by which the Nazi party and the medical establishment carried out the principles of “life unworthy of life” (lebensunwertes Leben):

  1. coerced sterilizations,
  2. killing of “impaired” children in hospitals,
  3. killing of “impaired” adults, mostly from mental hospitals,
  4. “impaired” in concentration camps killed and
  5. mass medical killings.

The Fuhrer hold the cleansing of the medical profession far more important than, for example, that of the bureaucracy, since in his opinion he duty of the physician is or should be one of racial leadership – Martin Bormann

Under the heading First Steps: Policies and the Courts, Robert Jay Lifton in The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide, states:

Only in Nazi Germany was sterilization a forerunner of mass murder. Programs of coercive sterilization were not peculiar to Nazi Germany. They have existed in much of the Western world, including the United States, which has a history of coercive and sometimes illegal sterilization applied mostly to the underclass of society…by 1920, to the enactment of laws in 25 states providing for compulsory sterilization of the criminally insane and other people considered genetically inferior.

Professor Lifton defines genetics as a legitimate scientific field of study which was in its infancy in the 1930s. Eugenics is ” term coined by Francis Galton in 1883 to denote the principle of strengthening a biological groupon the basis of ostensible hereditary worth”. Despite its evolutionary claims and later reference to genetic laws, eugenics has no scientific standing.

Justified Theft: A Life unworthy of Dignity

September 24, 2008

How can anyone possibly justify stealing the accumulated wealth of a family? In the material world dignity is the first casualty of economic privation.

Could viewing stealing as a type of occupation add some light?

Whether any action is morally right or wrong depends on the circumstances. Humans need an overarching story or philosophy to help them navigate their life.

For example, the principle of self-defence creates the exception to the rule “Thou shalt not kill”. Soldiers during war operate on a different ethical environment and we saw during WWII, a philosophy of justified medical killing on a scale unprecedented in human history (see lebensunwertes Leben: A Life Unworthy of Life).

  • Let’s make this very clear: The individuals involved in Big Franchising know exactly what they are doing and supporting. And they have known for decades and decades. Any experienced politician, regulator, journalist, lawyer…you name them, their families are NOT involved in mom and pop franchising.

The individuals understand 100% that they are profiting from the systematic re-allocation of assets and that creates some internal discomfort or cognitive dissonance. They reduce that stress in several ways. The primary one by shunning those that are willing to talk openly about their complicity. [Stewart, put your damn hand down.]

Another one of them is through a philosophy or series of arguments.

These are in no particular order and are perfectly valid reasons (from the  burglar’s view) for solving your problem of having too much money.

1. Permanence: You thought money is solid. It’s a liquid or a gas. The history of commerce proves it. Money is attracted to those with the most competence and knowledge. I just know the physics better than you do and work exceptionally hard at my magnetic personality.

2. Efficiency: I am doing society a favour in taking your money. I will use that wealth (stored capacity) better than you, you doofus bozo. Since I am a more effective and efficient businessperson, society overall will benefit more with the new ownership arrangement. Stock markets accumulate capital for more efficient activities; I am just a humble free market soldier doing my bit in serving society.

3. Education: I am trying to teach you something. Ownership of any asset implies a responsibility to take care of it. Because I can take it from you, I have proven you have not learned certain lessons. You can continue to call me names and I just laugh. Instead, why not look inside yourself and discover why you fell so hard in love with a stranger? Do you really think making your wealth so important in your life (a golden calf) is without cost? If you have your health, spouse and family you have already won life’s lottery.

4. Competitiveness: If I don’t do it, Someone else will. Life, like nature, is the survival of the fittest and only the strong will (and should) survive. There are carnivores and herbivores and anyone that thinks differently, is living in la-la-land. The price for delusion can be steep.

5. Free Markets: My duty is to increase shareholder wealth. My legal duty is to my shareholder; end of story. If that means for me to meet your goals you don’t meet yours (a zero-sum game), well, I didn’t create the rules, I just live by them.

6. Situational Ethics: The Loser always take the High Ground. You wouldn’t be upset if I had made you money. As a matter of fact, you’re just pissed because you’re not wise to the con (ie. you would have done me twice as good if you could have).

7. Uniqueness: What makes your family so special? Every other family has learned not to trust strangers and that small business requires specific skills, perseverance and training. So you think you can just go out and buy this knowledge from someone who profits from only one-side of an argument? I’m not responsible that you failed to listen (arrogant) or were unlucky to not have this fraud-proofing as part of your upbringing (immigrant).

8. Objective v. Subjective Truth: Just one truth, eh?. You think that there is one universal moral code (objective truth) based in reality a la your five senses. I believe that power creates truth (subjective truth) and that reality is plastic. One of us is right but we won’t know until we die who that is. Since I am on the side of the powerful, I get to write the history of commerce and propaganda.

9. Awareness: Lack of thought is no defence. I have been paying attention how people actually behave and have developed my specialized persuasive skills over many years of study and practice. I have paid my dues in lower level cons and am now at the highest level of the Big Con…Big Franchising. When I screw up, I go to jail. You on the other hand, either inherited your wealth or worked at a deadhead job for 30 years and then suddenly decided you wanted to become a lion tamer. The cream rises to the top and visa versa

10. Literalism: Words have several meanings. The word “apple” is not a physical entity; something you can polish and eat. It represents something else, it’s a construct: it’s meaning is created in your head. I am an expert at using words for my self-interest. I knew you were unemployed and increasingly desperate so I said the words that you wanted to hear. I get paid handsomely for spinning compelling illusions. The cut worm forgives the plow (or should, in any case.) It’s only a game: Lighten up for (your) God’s sake.

11. Past Indifference: Where were you? When I was going about my business “ripping-off” someone last year, you didn’t seem to be too concerned with my activities. Your new-found concern seems highly selective and, frankly, unduly selfish. You’ll get over it. And if you don’t, don’t blame me: Did you really expect me to be honest when your lower taxes laid off all the good sheepdogs?

12. Silence: Why didn’t anyone tell me? So you say you will never sign a Gag order? You will. I bet I could give you back 10% of what I stole from you and you’ll sign. Maybe 15%? 20%? And we both know that I’ll use the remainder to screw the next stranger, as if there is such a creature. Trading with the enemy, my ass: I do things that are inside of you but you’re just too afraid to run the risks I do. So evil is out there somewhere, some place in the past or in “the other”? lol

13. Duality: I want more “good” and avoid “bad” things in my life. Good and bad are impostors. Failure is just a step along the way. You create your own god ($, career, doing “good”) and you have to serve somebody. I perform a role in a play understood by educated people for centuries but you steadfastly cling to fairy tales. You call me cynical and black: I think I observe behavior accurately.

14. Pain: If I avoid it, my life will be worthwhile. Life is pain and loss and hunger and the best we can hope for is a good death. All work has dignity and life is only occasionally interrupted with a bucketful of bliss. Where you hurt is the area that you need to work on if you are to move along. Attachment is the source of all pain.

The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep’s for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty. Plainly, the sheep and the wolf are not agreed upon a definition of liberty. Abraham Lincoln

Everyone gets to decide but we all come from different levels of understanding.

lebensunwertes Leben: A Life Unworthy of Life

August 21, 2008

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

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