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John Oliver Eviscerates MLM and Pyramid Schemes

November 8, 2016

Over 3 million people have viewed John Oliver’s evisceration of multi-level marketing companies and pyramid schemes. Watch it now and share with everyone.

Lazy Man has a lot more to say about recent news in the MLM world from the Federal Trade Commission, Truth In Advertising, and the upcoming Betting on Zero anti-MLM documentary.

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15 Comments leave one →
  1. Heather permalink
    November 9, 2016 12:52 pm

    I was excited to see this last night!!! Oliver covered pretty much everything except the cult tactics that MLMs use (information control, love bombing, etc.). My favorite part was when he described the reason that dubious MLMs don’t get shut down- because the Direct Selling Association puts so much time and money into lobbying, and that some of the people in the DSA used to work for the FTC!!

  2. December 5, 2016 10:19 am

    Thanks for the shout-out. We definitely live in interesting times.

  3. Truly Free from Life permalink
    December 21, 2016 10:18 am

    Lazy Man,
    I just went to look at your website and it seems to be offline. Is this permanent?

  4. December 21, 2016 11:10 am

    Nope, just a technical glitch in making the new design live

  5. Truly Free from Life permalink
    December 21, 2016 6:40 pm

    That’s for the quick reply. You’ve had some great stuff posted.

  6. December 21, 2016 7:34 pm

    Thanks for thinking of my site.

    Hopefully the new design will carry me well into my second decade of blogging. The design isn’t finished yet, but it’s getting a lot better every day.

  7. Concerned Mom permalink
    December 31, 2016 10:40 am

    Can someone help me determine if my daughter is involved with Amway? Is it possible that she despite knowing that Amway was a scam she could still be led into it through a boyfriend? How can I be sure? When I saw her going to a lot of “Events” I became curious but she wouldn’t invite or include me any of them. When she gave me a copy of Rich Dad Poor Dad to explain why she was dropping out of school, I became concerned. I thought I was being respectful to explore on her. own, she has always been a critical thinker and thorough investigator of new relationships and possibilities so I wasn’t worried. Over Christmas it became clear that she her values and priorities have changed drastically. It seems her boyfriend is her Guru. Tonight I was reading that Amway appeals to new immigrants and immigrant students which both my daughter and her boyfriend are. Also since she has met him last year, we seldom see her, at first I thought she was just loving college life until she dropped out with 10 credits to go and broke her promise to return in September.In October she started attending a very evangelical church (that she used to make jokes about) with her boyfriend. Evangelical behaviors were something she advocated against from the time she was old enough to experience them. Also her style of dress is extremely conservative and business casual..not at all hip and fun like it used to be. Does any of this sound familiar? Recently she has recruited a close family friend who is a Dreamer planning to return to school in January, and hoping to stay in the country since it’s been home for him since he was 5. He has decided that school is no longer for him. I am taking a break from sharing my concerns with her since the last conversation didn’t go so well and I feel totally unprepared for dealing with her in this new form…thank you for anything you can offer that will help her get back on track to thinking on her own. Appreciatively, Concerned Mom

  8. Former Round Table permalink
    January 10, 2017 5:26 pm

    Is anyone watching the Scientology episodes? Too much of this is way too familiar.

  9. exTEAMster permalink
    January 10, 2017 7:50 pm

    FORMER ROUND TABLE: Funny you should say that because I had not seen any of the episodes of the Leah Remini Scientology program until this weekend when I binge watched them. And I don’t know how many times while we were watching my wife or I would say, “Boy that sounds like LIFE.” The “major” events, the 8 “layers” of life (vs. the 8 F’s), the courses on how to have a better marriage, manage finances, be a better parent, etc., the “don’t question the leaders” mentality, lying about the number of people involved, and the fact the people involved don’t believe anything that people tell them about what’s “really going on.” Scary in some of the similarities.

  10. Ex-Team permalink
    January 11, 2017 7:06 am

    Yes, have been watching the Scientology documentary and its very well done. Tax exempt status should be taken away immediately for this cult. Noticed several similarities to Team/Life – including the “disconnect” process if you leave. Most brain washing/cults work in similar fashion. Maybe Orrin will have his “leaders” sign a billion year contract like Scientologists do when you join their elite Sea Org group. LOL

  11. Anonymous permalink
    January 18, 2017 6:13 am

    Lots of similarities. I was hoping last night’s Scientology show was going to be more enlightening on how to get someone out of a cult situation. I still have an extended family member buried in Team of Destiny / TEAM / LIFE./ LIFE Leadership . They follow Orrin Woodward like mindless zombies.

  12. Anonymous permalink
    January 20, 2017 12:20 pm

    Scientologists call negative people “Suppressive People”. What does TEAM / LIFE Leadership call people who are negative against them?

  13. ex-TEAMster permalink
    January 20, 2017 3:03 pm

    If they’re people who were in TEAM/LIFE, they’re called quitters … people who didn’t want to do the work … didn’t have a big enough dream… wanted something that would be easy … or anything else to suggest it could have worked for them if they had done the work

  14. Anonymous permalink
    January 21, 2017 6:02 am

    Thanks – what do they call a family member who is trying to get them to leave TEAM / LIFE Leadership?

  15. freedomhaha permalink
    January 22, 2017 6:56 am

    Anon- I heard “dream stealers” thrown around quite a bit during my time in the biz.

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