Elites treat all non-humans are as if they were children

March 7, 2010
SIR–I do not join in the belief that the African is our equal in brain or in heart; I do not think that the average negro cares for his liberty as much as an Englishman, or even as a serf-born Russian; and I believe that if we can, in any fair way, possess ourselves of his services, we have an equal right to utilize them to our advantage as the State has to drill and coerce a recruit who in a moment of intoxication has accepted the Queen’s shilling, or as a shopkeeper to order about a boy whose parents had bound him over to an apprenticeship. I say an equal right, because if soldiers were abased and degraded by their profession, or if the duties of an apprentice tended to make him a worthless member of society, it would be an iniquitous exercise of tyranny to take advantage of the position of these persons to their manifest injury. But when the soldier is taught self-respect, and is made into a nobler man than he could have become if left in his village, and if the apprentice is trained into a useful member of an industrious class, there can be no just complaint of tyranny. These persons are simply treated as children by their masters, and compelled to do what they dislike for their future good and for that of society at large.

— Negroes and the Slave Trade, London Times, Dec 26 Dec, 1857 Source

Sir Francis Galton FRS (16 February 1822 – 17 January 1911), cousin of Sir Douglas Galton, half-cousin of Charles Darwin, was an English Victorian polymath, anthropologist, eugenicist, tropical explorer, geographer, inventor, meteorologist, proto-geneticist, psychometrician, and statistician. He was knighted in 1909.

Tyranny is a by-product of cowardice

December 5, 2009

Well-dressed torturers are not just in developing nations.

Lots of people feel they have no choice but to do their “duty” or be replaced. They don’t like intimidation per se but, hey, Everybody’s got to make a living, right?

This is an interesting article where a former prisoner mentions:

…the men who arrested him were “handsome. In nice suits, with ties.” As one cuffed his hands behind his back, “I could hear the sound of his heart pounding, he was so afraid.”

This trauma counseller at the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture, Ph.D.  and author of Torture in the Age of Fear has this to say:

No matter what he worked at for money, he always knew that…he could maintain his sense of pride and self through giving comfort to others. “Extending your humanity to others, you realize your own humanity in this way.”

Do franchisees that betray the other actually think they will escape future consequences?

They may fail to appreciate the sign.

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.

Stoicism: So other people hurt me? That’s their problem.

September 13, 2009

6. The best revenge is not to be like that.MeditationsMarcusAurelius25. So other people hurt me? That’s their problem. Their character and actions are not mine. What is done to me is ordained by nature, what I do by my own. — Book Five

21. If anyone can refute me – show me I’m making a mistake or looking at things from the wrong perspective – I’ll gladly change.

It’s the truth I’m after, and the truth never harmed anyone. What harms us is to persist in self-deceit and ignorance. — Book Six

26. When people injure you, ask yourself what good or harm they thought would come of it. If you understand that, you’ll feel sympathy rather than outrage or anger. Your sense of good and evil may be the same as theirs, or near it, in which case you have to excuse them. Or your sense of good and evil may differ from theirs. In which case they’re misguided and deserve your compassion. Is that so hard?

71. It’s silly to try to escape other people’s faults. They are inescapable. Just try to escape your own. — Book Seven

13. Someone despises me.

That’s their problem.

Mine: not to do or say anything despicable.

Someone hates me: Their problem.

Mine: to be patient and cheerful with everyone, including them. Ready to show them their mistake. Not spitefully, or to show off my own self-control, but in an honest, upright way. Like Phocion (if he wasn’t just pretending). That’s what we should be like inside, and never let the gods catch us feeling anger or resentment.

As long as you do what’s proper to your nature, and accept what the world’s nature has in store – as long as you can work for others’ good, by any and all means – what is there that can harm you?

18. …And along with not getting angry at others, try not to pander either. Both are forms of selfishness; both of them will do you harm. When you start to lose your temper, remember: There’s nothing manly about rage. It’s courtesy and kindness that define a human being – and a man. That’s who possesses strength and nerves and guts, not the angry whiners. To react like that brings you closer to impassivity – and so to strength. Pain is the opposite of strength, and so is anger. Both are things we suffer from, and yield to.

…and one more thought from Apollo.

x. That to expect bad people not to injure others is crazy. It’s to ask the impossible. And to let them behave like that to other people but expect them to exempt you is arrogant – the act of a tyrant. — Book Eleven

1. Everything you’re trying to reach – by taking the long way round – you could have right now, this moment. If you’d only stop thwarting your own attempts. If you’d only let go of the past, entrust the future to Providence, and guide the present toward reverence and justice.

Reverence: so you’ll accept what you’re allotted. Nature intended it for you, and you for it.

Justice: so that you’ll speak the truth, frankly and without evasions, and act as you should – and as other people deserve.

16. When someone seems to have injured you:

But how can I be sure?

And in any case, keep in mind:

  • that he’ s been tried and convicted – by himself. (Like scratching your own eyes out.)
  • that to expect a bad person not to harm others is like expecting fig trees not to secrete juice, babies not to cry, horses not to neigh – the inevitable not to happen.

What else could they do – with that sort of character?

If you’re still angry, then get to work on that.

Marcus Aurelius (121 – 180),  Meditations

What happens when War is Declared but Franchisees just Shrug and say: Whatever?

September 7, 2009

TugofWarIn a 24/7, J.I.T., continuous product cycle that the “managers” have lost any competence with or control over?:


Sure: They stamp their little feet for a bit but…

…they show who the weaker and already bankrupt party truly is. Tyrants always overreact and commit credibility suicide in this manner. They’re blinded by their own self-loathing and feelings of inadequacies as men and women.

Executives that preserve their careers by creating a toxic environment for franchisees that breeds 3rd party violence, mental distress, endangering public safety…well, those weasels deserve justice. Absolutely. Contempt to the contemptible.

However, their amorality is beyond any mortal’s capacity to deliver. They deserve everyone’s pity, not attention.

Old School: Franchise relations seen as if it were a tug of war. It isn’t. It’s always been bullshit thinking. It creates a passive defensive posture by our-psyched, intimidated (via education, status, class, profession, white/blue collar) franchisees.

  1. Some might say the aggression starts the moment the contract is signed. You have become less of a person because you have (without knowing it) given up some your human rights (freedom to associate, freedom of speech, etc.).
  2. Some say when the franchisor’s mask of reasonableness falls away (refuse to deal, spend $1 million on litigation before negotiating $1 to franchisees).
  3. How about when a franchisor directly threatens a franchisee leader with a personal lawsuit within 24 hours?

Each of these situations should be weighted by the executive and Board but a new type of franchisee organization (Leaderless Franchisee Network) simply ignores bad behavior.

It seems like an impossible match: a multi-billion $ per year transnational corporation versus a handful of Canadian franchisees.

Bullies can only do two things: Lie and then Sue, sue, sue.

Indeed the most famous example of SLAPP litigation was invented by the franchise bar:  a 10 year battle foolishly launched by McDonald’s U.K. against two penniless demonstrators (McLibel).

There is a perception that people that get sued, somehow deserved it. That is a fiction in franchising. Almost all lawsuits have nothing to do with the stated damages because everyone knows the franchisees have no $ to collect.

Litigation is an economic club used to bludgeon the “uppity” into submission based on the high cost of defence (war of attrition, matching $ for $). An economic and mental health assault; a negotiating tactic without any concept of fair play.

  • That’s dinosaur (top:down, win:lose, pyramid) thinking.

An AFN, exec and Board  doesn’t get sidetracked by such impotent posturing. They realize that 95% of a franchisee group’s actions has zero to do with what the franchisor does or does not do.

Only the intellectually bankrupt hide behind a Bay Street bully lawyer. IndFAs get sucked into that win:lose game.

AFNs don’t operate that way. They risk manager and allow the dinosaurs to commit suicide ASAP.

Corrupt elites are consistently surprised when the good are clever.


Masters and their apprentices have no interest in understanding let alone fixing someone else’s freedom problems

May 31, 2009

AmInotamanOnly those that care would risk looking like a fool.

On this subject I do not wish to think, or speak, or write with moderation. No ! No ! Tell a man whose house is on fire to give a moderate alarm ; tell him to moderately rescue his wife from the hands of the ravisher ; tell the mother to gradually extricate her babe from the fire into which it has fallen ; but urge me not to use moderation in a cause like the present ! I am in earnest. I will not equivocate — I will not excuse — I will not retreat a single inch. AND I WILL BE HEARD.

Elaine Landou, Fleeing to Freedom on the Underground Railroad, Page 25

Social justice may be found in religion but it is an individual’s choice to turn away.

Levi Coffin (1798 – 1877) was an American Quaker, abolitionist, and businessman. Coffin was deeply involved in the Underground Railroad in Indiana and Ohio and his home is often called “Grand Central Station of the Underground Railroad”. He was nicknamed “President of the Underground Railroad” because of the thousands of slaves that are reported to have passed through his care while escaping their masters. Wikipedia

It takes toughness and competence to help others.

Harriet Tubman (1820 – 1913) was an African-American abolitionist, humanitarian, and Union spy during the American Civil War. After escaping from slavery, into which she was born, she made thirteen missions to rescue over seventy slaves[1] using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. She later helped John Brown recruit men for his raid on Harpers Ferry, and in the post-war era struggled for women’s suffrage.

Harriet Tubman, widely known and well-respected while she was alive, became an American icon in the years after she died. A survey at the end of the twentieth century named her as one of the most famous civilians in American history before the Civil War, third only to Betsy Ross and Paul Revere.[152] She inspired generations of African Americans struggling for equality and civil rights; she was praised by leaders across the political spectrum. Wikipedia

Every community requires writers.

Frederick Douglass (1818  – 1895) was an American abolitionist, women’s suffragist, editor, orator, author, statesman and reformer. Called “The Sage of Anacostia” and “The Lion of Anacostia”, Douglass is one of the most prominent figures in African-American and United States history. Wikipedia

No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck.

If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what a people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress. Men may not get all they pay for in this world; but they must pay for all they get. If we ever get free from all the oppressions and wrongs heaped upon us, we must pay for their removal. We must do this by labor, by suffering, by sacrifice, and, if needs be, by our lives, and the lives of others.

Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.

At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed. O! had I the ability, and could reach the nation’s ear, I would, to-day, pour out a fiery stream of biting ridicule, blasting reproach, withering sarcasm, and stern rebuke. For it is not light that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake. The feeling of the nation must be quickened; the conscience of the nation must be roused; the propriety of the nation must be startled; the hypocrisy of the nation must be exposed; and its crimes against God and man must be proclaimed and denounced. Douglass quotes

Can technology create a tyrant’s World of Pain?

May 27, 2009

ColinmunroeI think so.

The music industry used to be dominated by a few despots that forced their will on recording artists. The contracts were massive and one-sided. Their monopoly was on marketing, talent development and distribution.

They ruled as if they would always be on top of the heap.

And then along came file sharing software and their empires seem much less certain these days.

They defended their “intellectual property” using methods from the industrial revolution.

They sued. And they sued. And then they sued some more.

The result? They just looked like morons and millions of songs still get ripped every day. Sure things are in flux but at least there’s diversity and innovation rather than mindless control.

When Colin Munroe can make his own music and sell it directly, the world has changed for everyone in the music industry.

This is a cool video. Welcome to a tyrant’s World of Pain.

World of Pain, Colin Munroe

A man on a bridge
a thief that is I
a boy with a dream
who’s ready to die
one of those days
and one of those fades away

There’s a house on a hill
and a house in a hole
the pride of the girl
the pride of the boy
and all in a day
the pride can be taken away
and all the streets are the same
when all you have is your name
you’re nothing more than you seem
and less than you dreamed you’d be, yea

Cause there is a time for joy
and a time for rain
a time for loss
and a time for gain, oh my
welcome to a world of pain

A beautiful girl
with diamonds for eyes
she’s all that you want
she’s living your life
but try as you may
your beauty will fade away
and its a sign in the sky,
a mark in the sand
a rhyme that you hear
but you don’t understand
fortune controlled you used to be given away,
and in this life it’s all the same, and all you have is your name
you’re nothing more than you seem,
and less than you’d dreamed you’d be

Cause there is a time for joy
and a time for rain
a time for loss
and a time for gain, oh my
welcome to a world of pain
cause there is a time for love
and a time for hate
a time for you
and a time for me
oh my
welcome to a world of pain

But living is half the dream
and when its your time to die
its not what it seems to be
so take your time
whoa oh oh

Welcome to a world
cause there is a time for joy
and a time for rain
a time for loss
and a time for gain
welcome to a world of pain

Cause there is a time for love
and a time for hate
a time for you
and a time for me, oh my
welcome to a world of pain
baby don’t you cry
it’s better if you smile
welcome to the world

Hidden Risks: Franchising as a poisoned apple

February 4, 2009

You know 100% of the time you’re dealing with a snake if they say franchising is safer than independent business.

snakeappleU.K. predators are still able  to get their media release lies printed as truth.

Comparing franchising with non-franchised businesses is normally an exercise in concealing risk. Hiding risk is exactly what caused the current economic meltdown.

Franchised businesses have unique risks:

  1. usually from several directions,
  2. very powerful because they are unexpected,
  3. many of them at play (hiding in plain sight),
  4. both sudden and slow (blow up versus slow bleed),
  5. unknown by franchisees (most veterans have no idea), and
  6. activated when the investor is least able to defend themselves.

I have identified 344 risk situations that you will face that you would never face in an independent business. There is an old saying: To a blind man, everything is sudden.

These are 8 of them in no particular order of danger:

3.  101 ways to terminate a contract
45.  Churning (serial reselling)
80.  Encroachment (too many outlets put in territory)
168.  Insolvent system renamed and sold to a relative
264.  Right to associate and right to harass
296.  System designed to fail for franchisees
317.  Trial decision always appealed
337.  When the franchisor tanks, so does the franchisee

Note that all of these risks are within every modern franchise. The franchisor decides unilaterally which tool they are going to use, on what franchisee, at this time.

  • Most tyrants keep their serfs compliant by using extreme measures very infrequently.

Sure there’s the occasional Rwandan genocide. The machete’s not needed because the stories are retold of what happens to the minority that stood up for their rights.

This is the role that public stoning or crucifixion played in a previous empire.

If you’d like to take a look at all of the 344 risks I’ve collected over10 years in the Information Sharing Project, here’s the pdf.

Blitzkrieg 2.0: Death to franchise law trench Warfare

January 30, 2009


Another interesting article from Blue MauMau.

Rich Piotrowksi in Quiznos Battle starts off his own story by saying:

One ounce.

One ounce cost Rich Piotrowski and Ellen Blickman their Quiznos franchise and more than $200,000 in legal fees during a two-year battle with the sandwich company.

One ounce — the amount of meat a “mystery shopper” determined was lacking in a sandwich bought at the couple’s restaurant in 2006 — is also what led a judge to order Quiznos to pay the couple $350,000 and to pay their attorney’s fees.

In a statement, Quiznos said it didn’t agree with the judge’s Dec. 31 decision. It hasn’t announced whether it would appeal.

It’s a good article and I’d like to focus on one element:

Piotrowksi said he left repeated messages for Daigle, and at one point, threatened to call a press conference because he was angry he hadn’t received any return calls. That’s when, the couple says, the argument turned nasty. A few days later, Quiznos sued them for damages.

I talked to a friend in the U.S. yesterday and he wondered: Would the threat of exposing wrongdoing in the media help his friend get his money back?

  • In a word: No.

I wish Rich and Ellen all the best but fighting a trench war (WWI) against an infinitely better armed opponent, is why franchisees are often called cannon fodder: expendable military personnel.

Technology is defined broadly as any methods that extends mans’ abilities: physical, mental, social, information, etc. In WWII, faster logistics, Lend Lease, panzers, V2, Little Boy, teletype, encryption, air force, coordination, communications, radar were all technologies that helped break the back of tyranny. It can do the same for franchisees who are willing to trust once again.

  • Don’t retreat in fear to the past, to the gore and futilityof Passchendaele (civil law).
  • Look to the skies.

In franchise tactical defense, you never threaten: You just do. Threatening is for sissies and those who think that being reasonable will elicit a reasonable response. In the history of warfare, it won’t and never has. Technology, however, can lead to

  1. Identify and share an experienced commercial lawyer (not franchise Uncle Tom).
  2. Collect emails into a database. Download volunteer electrician’s code.
  3. Blitzkrieg (or lightning war) the system via the internet. Reverse the electrical and power polarity. Create a cluster of Web 2.0 community members using email invites and links to existing and new weblogs. Go DC to AC, and then back. Be the next citizen journalist: already 10 million losers typing in their home offices, anyway; where’s the crime in 1 more?
  4. The money’s gone anyway.
  5. Regain your freedom, dignity and self-respect.

I get paid (sometimes) for thinking this stuff up. And it works:

Big time.

A prediction: Quiznos will spend their last dollar suing anyone and everyone before even considering paying anyone a remedy. Their corporate dissolution papers just need to be dated.

Writers: Making language work for the reader

January 15, 2009


“That nasty man who did so much good.”

Paul Valéry

Is it because Voltaire wasn’t afraid to be nasty that he did so much good? Almost certainly. There is no convincing evidence that writers can do their job by being nice.

And why should they be nice? To be asked to dinner? To be part of a corporation of writers, which like all corporate groups rewards discretion? To be rewarded with money, prizes and titles?

Nice writers are usually working for someone or senile or in the wrong business. Those who have done the most good, as Voltaire pointed out, have “mostly been persecuted.” The nasty sort continue to be persecuted in most countries. In the West they have to deal with more sophisticated assaults such as bankrupting lawsuits and job loss. Worst of all – in this society of expensive communication systems – they are threatened with irrelevance.

What about their messy lives, their greed, their jealousies, their hypocrisy? Who cares? Voltaire himself had a more than average number of flaws and contradictions. He still created the language which ended a regime…

Their only job is to make language work for the reader. That is the basis for free speech. Whatever the vested interests of the day may be, they invariably favour an obscure language of insider’s dialects and received wisdom. So the writer turns nasty. It’s a public service.

— excerpt from The Doubtger’s Companion: A Dictionary of Aggressive Common Sense, John Ralston Saul

The franchise industry has made me a writer. For better or worse, I am that: I can do nothing other than type. And no one is more surprised than me.

I consider what I do to be a public service. I have created an index method for a U.S. $1 trillion per year industry, created an institutional memory of any published article and broken the back of those that enable this modern tyranny.

By any measure I have paid the price and more. I am indebted to no one. I am a free man and choose to associate with others who value freedom.

The time of reckoning coming quickly.


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