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A Little ACN Mail
Back in April, I wrote about the ACN pyramid scam. Despite becoming my single most-read blog article, I was never harassed by ACN's lawyers. (A pity, that.) But it has generated non-lawyer e-mail, and the following gem recently landed in my inbox — all misspellings in original:
Yes, hate mail always begins with a compliment.
I cannot fathom how my correspondent read my article as ridiculing my friend, when I only mentioned my friend as background to explain why I went to an ACN meeting in the first place. I didn't even mention their name.
The psychologizing about my motivation is odd, because I openly stated my motivation in the second paragraph: "This would be fun. I enjoy asking tough questions, and I might be able to rescue my friend from the system."
The jab at my website — calling it "pointless" — hurts my widdle feewings.
My correspondent has a problem with reading comprehension, thinking I'm from California. My contact page — where my e-mail address can be found — quotes from the Oregon Constitution.
I certainly do believe that ACN is a pyramid scheme, but this has nothing at all to do with ACN's legality. I'm a libertarian, I dig freedom of contract, and I think pyramid schemes should be totally legal. Certainly they should face legal action if they commit fraud, but I wouldn't support any law aimed specifically against pyramid schemes.
Nevertheless, I don't want my friends involved in pyramid schemes, so I'm speaking out against them.
This is a bizarre argument. Just because an organization is hierarchical doesn't mean it's a pyramid scheme. Ironically, this confusion was brought to me by a person who had just looked up "pyramid scheme" in the dictionary. The mind boggles.
And, I must wonder, in what sense can being an ACN representative be considered "making a living on your own"? Bonuses and commissions, instead of wage, salary, rent, or profit. So what? What's the difference in on-your-own-ness? And why is it important?
Obligatory Ghostbusters quote (Ray Stantz): "I've worked in the private sector. They expect results."
I do good by doing well, thankyouverymuch. Yay capitalism.
But since you asked, my favorite charity is The Alliance for the Separation of School and State, and I've given them $500 this year.