So you thought Amway had bad morals, eh? Well here is an article from the Oregonian about
So you thought Amway had bad morals, eh? Well here is an article
from the Oregonian about the latest miscegnated birth from the Oregon
Citizens Alliance [for you non-Oregonians, they are the cult responsible
for placing several blatantly 'anti-homosexual' measures on ballots
across the State] and Pat Robertson. Of course, MLM is not inherently
bad and I don't want to give this impression. Anyone who wants a
theoretical description of what any good MLM should look like, please
contact me. --- Peter
OCA's Lively looks to share his blessings
Scott Lively has always been a lousy salesman, and he isnt afraid to say
so. "I've done sales all my life," Lively said on a videotape. "I've
been in a lot of sales jobs. I was never successful in any of them."
And no wonder: Lively - the Oregon Citizens Alliance' communication
director - never had a product he truly believed in.
Now, Lively is selling the Kalo-Vita ("Good Life") concept - and the
American Benefits Plus passport and, boy, is he excited.
"After my salvation and my family," Lively proclaimed at a recent OCA
meeting, "this is the most exciting thing I have encountered in my life."
Why is he tingling all over? Because after years of "just living on
donations," Lively has been blessed - say amen, brothers and sisters - by
the free-enterprise system.
He's been blessed by the opportunity to make some big bucks. So has the
Kalo-Vita is the brainchild of Pat Robertson, the founder of the Christian
Coalition and Christian Broadcasting Network and an amateurish
presidential candidate in 1988.
In a company video, Robertson is introduced as "one of America's most
respected businessmen," but he promptly argues that Kalo-Vita "is much
more than a business. It's a cause."
Kalo-Vita is a "multilevel" enterprise, the legal (though some would say
Siamese) twin of a pyramid scheme [bah!]. Company reps rise through the
ranks by recruiting other salesmen and recieve a percentage of the
What's more, Kalo-Vita is a multilevel with an attitude. In his sales
pitch to incoming sheep, Liely notes, "Pat Robertson has pledged to make
this company the No.1 multilevel in five years."
Is this the OCA meets Amway? No, more like Pat Robertson recreates
Costco. The company sells nutritional supplements, cosmetics, a
weight-management program and - Lively's personal favourite - the American
Benefits Plus passport.
The passport costs $139, plus $5 for shipping. How big is the bang for
these bucks? Lively brags about huge savings from VCRs to Captain Crunch
Roberton has promised that a "substantial portion" of Kalo-Vita's profits
will go to his Christian Ministries, Lively suggests "the dollars you are
spending are practically donations to the causes you care about."
Lively - who refuses to answer questions in a brief telephone conversation
- also compared Kalo-Vita to Amway.
In April, Hamilton pitched Kalo-Vita to OCA's board of governers. Lively
said both he and Lon Mabon "came on board" and the OCA "adopted this a
"This is an absolute blessing from the Lord," Lively said. "You've
"Are they ours or theirs?" -- BATF 'chief' after being informed that
there are people in need of medical attention inside the Waco compound
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