Making A Prophet

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by MISREPRESENTATION

for a prophet’s profits

is a Confidence Trick. I recently posted on a long-running con and feel the need to elaborate—

IF WE DO NOT LEARN
from the past we are doomed to repeat it (Santayana, sort of).
Already it’s repeating itself, to a whole new crop of sucke—  innocents. In New Zealand in the sixties there was a strong wave of anti-Mormon (is that one ‘m’ too many?) propaganda in the form of leaflets artlessly tossed about, letterbox drops, anonymous posters etc. From memory one of them began “The Maori cooked the Pakeha, He was a tasty dish”  …. something something … and finishing with the tables being turned, the Maori ending up “in a Mormon stew”. All a bit racist and things these days but that’s honest reporting on my part:

a con 2

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MORMONS AND THINGS

like any other good sales force (and they are good at it, make no mistake—vast sums are spent in making sure) prefer to do their prospecting where they see a market for their product. Hence the swarms of Mormon and other ‘missionaries’* frequently surfacing on our streets like bad gas in a bog.

Not only a market but an easy mark, and the uneducated/unsophisticated are pretty damned easy marks for a confident spiel. No snake-oil guys ever had it better than the South Seas Paradises, I tell you; and these days the prospect of being guest of honour at an outdoor barbecue are effectively zero. A snip!

EVEN BETTER

if you have an unprovable invisible product that cannot be tested or challenged. If they don’t buy it, on to the next! It’s a numbers game after all, and you only need make a few sales to guarantee a reliable income. The good ol’ franchise will recoup it’s investment in your education many times over—and good salesmen (oops, missionaries) can go all the way to the top.

A CASE IN HAND

The con that Jehovah’s Seventh Day Witnessons (or similiar) are trying in Invercargill right now. A repeat of what fizzled out back in the sixties, but why not keep trying? Hence that flier above, and from their site these images—I don’t know how interested the average Fijian is in dead pharaohs and things, but they can adapt their tune to the tastes of the audience.

SO LONG AS a con 4

they get them hooked. The younger the better, when minds are open to absorbing, and neither aware of nor up to fighting the techniques being brought to bear on them. Kids love communal activities, especially a good rousing sing-song. And if they get a few ‘freebies’ … all the more better, no?

IN NEW ZEALAND

we have ‘truth in advertising’ laws that are being selectively applied. Not good. A law should apply impartially to all. So if (say) medicine has to prove—at vast expense—that a drug is actually beneficial and achieves at least enough of the claims made for it — why not every bugger? Equally? You know, that old rubbish about “Equal before the law”?

A RELIGIOUS SALESMAN

should likewise have to demonstrate his product to the satisfaction of an impartial board in law. Either that or close up shop and ship out — with any due compensation for past misrepresentations and unfilled promises made. No?

http://www.adventist.org.fj/vodafone-arena

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KISMET

* The cheek of it! We send missionaries to the savages, not … … oh.

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