by Robert John Stevens, September 29, 2016
Someone on a forum today asked if they should work at a multi-level company.
We need good, honest and ethical people in leadership positions everywhere. BYU graduates represent some of the best. The greatest good can occur from within. To rephrase President Hinckley’s quote, you can make bad businesses good and good businesses better.
Think of a good company as diamond shaped where the majority of the income is distributed to its hard-working employees.
The distribution of wealth in a healthy nation is also diamond shaped.
The most successful MLM in history is the Federal Reserve–a private group of bankers, organized in 1913, whose business model was to monetize debt. Their down lines are member banks and those who keep them in power, and share in the wealth plunder. Their August 2016 balance sheet reports $4.64 trillion assets (see page 4).
Their product is debt monetization which is best achieved by growing the size of governments via regulations, overspending and endless wars.
Besides for a brief period from 1862 to 1872 to pay for the Civil War, The Federal Income Tax rate was 0% until 1913. Tax Freedom Day in 2016 was April 24th, i.e., you worked from January 1st to April 24th just to pay your taxes. Pre-1913 there were almost no regulations in the United States.
MLM founders may have great and noble intentions as do most traditional company employees. There are good people everywhere.
Re-read the Book of Mormon just to study the effect the Gadianton Robbers had and the case studies on the proper role of government. That may help in deciding where you want to work and what companies you want to support.
I interviewed with similar companies and decided my conscience will not let me support any multi-level scam.
Every one of them claims to be different but all of them have
commonality—their products aren’t superior or they wouldn’t need a pyramid scheme to sell them, the founders often amass wealth, and the majority of participants do not.
Life’s decisions require deciding what rackets we aren’t going to support.
A cause-based job where you are dedicated to a mission will provide the
highest satisfaction; hence, that’s why teachers are willing to work so hard for so little.
Having said that, free agency declares it is your decision. Consider
weighting it against the 12th Article of Faith:
We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.
MLM interviews I accepted this year:
1. Modere in Springville (formally NewWays). Their development team maintains about two dozen similar code bases due to language- and nation-specific distributors. I didn’t think that sounded fun and I sensed neither did they.
2. Young Family Living: They generated more than $1 billion in revenues last year. During my interview with the development manager, he diffused essential oils into the air. I didn’t smell oils in the working areas though.