Of course, it didn’t take long for the pitches for money for the earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador to appear.
I have received a few of them, each pretty much repeating what is said below.
Scientology (particularly the IAS) is the poster child for disaster capitalism ( defined as: the practice of generating profits based on the occurrence of a disaster). Note: it is PROFITS, not just revenue or income. If the money was SPENT on what it was collected for, it would not be profit.
The IAS has accumulated billions over the years. They NEVER spend more than they collect — that is basic Hubbard doctrine. They ALWAYS collect MUCH MORE than they spend, all spending is only done in accordance with two principles:
- Spend as little as possible on anything that does not remain your asset (in other words you can splurge on buildings as they are retained as an asset)
- Ensure the PR value for future fundraising is at least as great as the cost of whatever project it is that is being funded.
Over the years, many have drawn parallels between Herbalife (and other MLM — Multi-Level Marketing — schemes) and scientology.
At the exact time I was sent the email above, someone sent me the press release below commenting: “Sounds just like scientology and the VM’s”…
How true it is. Apparently scientology and MLM’s share some common ground (Herbalife is the biggest MLM in the world) – the promise of happiness and success based on a system that generates a lot of money for those at the top and a lot of people with cleaned out savings accounts and stockpiles of materials at the bottom.
But there is one noticeable difference in the Herbalife PR release. They say EXACTLY how much money they are giving along with their nutrition bars. Scientology NEVER says how money they give to go along with the WTH books they hand out (and those have to be bought separately, Herbalife donates their nutrition bars, which are in fact quite nutritious).
But what ISNT different is they are asking for more money.
And more significantly, they are patting themselves on the back. Self-congratulation is a “tech” scientology has truly mastered. In fact, you might well call this the Golden Age of Self-Admiration.
Herbalife and the Herbalife Family Foundation Provide Support to Earthquake Victims in Ecuador, Japan
LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Global nutrition company Herbalife, (NYSE: HLF), the Herbalife Family Foundation (HFF), and the Los Angeles chapter of the American Red Cross today announced their support for those impacted by recent earthquakes in Ecuador and Japan.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have been impacted by these earthquakes, and we are proud to partner with the American Red Cross in their disaster relief efforts,” said Michael O. Johnson, chairman and CEO, Herbalife.
The Herbalife Family Foundation has committed $10,000 to the Red Cross to help provide necessities like shelter, clean drinking water, food, blankets and clothing to displaced families. Herbalife members can contribute financially to the relief efforts by visiting the HFF website here. In addition, Herbalife is donating nutrition bars to those displaced by the natural disaster.
The American Red Cross exists to provide compassionate care to those in need. Their network of volunteers and employees share a mission of preventing and relieving suffering, at home and around the world, through five key service areas: disaster relief, supporting America’s military families, lifesaving blood, health and safety services, and international services.
Herbalife is a global nutrition company that has been changing people’s lives with great products since 1980. Our nutrition, weight-management, energy and fitness and personal care products are available exclusively to and through dedicated Independent Herbalife Members in more than 90 countries. We are committed to fighting the worldwide problems of poor nutrition and obesity by offering high-quality products, one-on-one coaching with an Herbalife member and a community that inspires customers to live a healthy, active life.
We support the Herbalife Family Foundation (HFF) and its Casa Herbalife programs to help bring good nutrition to children in need. We also sponsor more than 190 world-class athletes, teams and events around the globe, including Cristiano Ronaldo, the LA Galaxy and champions in many other sports.
The company has over 8,000 employees worldwide, and its shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HLF) with net sales of $4.5 billion in 2015. To learn more visit www.Herbalife.com or www.IAmHerbalife.com.
About Herbalife Family Foundation
Herbalife Family Foundation (HFF) is a 501(c)(3), a non-profit corporation dedicated to improving children’s lives by helping organizations provide healthy nutrition to vulnerable children. HFF supports more than 100 Casa Herbalife programs globally and serves the daily nutritional needs of more than 120,000 children around the world through annual grants to NGOs and charities that cater to vulnerable children. Additionally, HFF often supports relief efforts in response to natural disasters. For more information, visit www.herbalifefamilyfoundation.org.