Alan Neil Kippax held a special conference call on March 21, 2010 to announce the ‘temporary’ closing of his company Business in Motion, lovingly referred to as BIM.

In the same style as his closing of Treasure Traders International in 2006, Alan blamed everyone but himself for the problems leading to the closure.

Let’s forget that BIM was modeled on TTI that was shut down in the UK as an illegal pyramid.  Let’s forget that it’s an Aussie 2 up and a splitting panel airplane game. Let’s forget that you can still collect money in this plan if you remove the product.  Let’s forget the fact that well over 90% of people lose money in a scam like this.  Let’s forget that pyramid schemes have a shelf life and are doomed to fade away because of a shortage of fresh fools.

Most of all, let’s forget the fact that the real reason Alan is closing BIM is that on April 1, 2010, he will appear in court in Brampton ON for sentencing.  He has been found guilty on three charges of dangerous driving – two causing bodily harm and one causing death.  He fully expects to be incarcerated for some time, and even an illegal pyramid like BIM cannot be operated from a cell.

Instead, let’s look at why people continue to buy in to the scam and continue to lose money and invite their friends to lose money by following someone like Alan Kippax.

The only way it makes sense is to view BIM as a cult.  According to Chapter Five of  Captive Hearts Captive Minds by Madeline Landau Tobias and Janja Lalich, cult leaders are usually psychopaths.

Dr. Robert Hare, one of the world’s foremost experts in the field, estimates that there are at least two million psychopaths in North America. He writes, “Psychopaths are social predators who charm, manipulate, and ruthlessly plow their way through life, leaving a broad trail of broken hearts, shattered expectations, and empty wallets. Completely lacking in conscience and in feelings for others, they selfishly take what they want and do as they please, violating social norms and expectations without the slightest sense of guilt or regret.”

Tobias and Lalich describe psychopaths as master manipulators, charismatic leaders who increasingly become objects of worship.  In general, charismatic personalities are known for their inescapable magnetism, their winning style, and the self assurance with which they promote something – a cause, a belief, a product. A charismatic person who offers hope of new beginnings often attracts attention and a following.  The followers tend to be idealistic and trusting to the point of blind fanaticism and unrestrained and uncritical faith, easily manipulated from above.  Other writers call the psychopath “The Trust Bandit”, thief of our hearts, souls, minds, bodies, and pocketbooks.

Characteristics of the psychopath:

  • Glibness
  • Superficial Charm
  • Manipulative and Conning
  • Grandiose Sense of Self
  • Pathological Lying
  • Lack of Remorse, Shame or Guilt
  • Shallow Emotions
  • Incapacity For Love
  • Need for Stimulation
  • Callousness and Lack of Empathy
  • Poor Behavioral Controls
  • Impulsive Nature
  • Early Behavior Problems
  • Juvenile Deliquency
  • Irresponsibility and Unreliability
  • Promiscuity and Infidelity
  • Lack of Realistic Life Plan
  • Parasitic Lifestyle
  • Entrepreneurial Versatility
  • Criminal Versatility

As you listen to, or read the transcript of the March 21 conference call, watch for the signs and decide for yourself if BIM is a cult.

Please note the cleverly orchestrated appeal to the Believians for support in the form of donations.  Please note that several times Alan and his business partner incite violence.  Most of all, please note the complete lack of reference to Alan’s cousin Peter who was killed in the accident, or to Mark and Allison whose lives have been shattered.  Alan is having trouble sleeping for all the wrong reasons.

TTI and BIM should have been shut down by our government years ago as pyramids. It’s a shame beyond words that it took such a tragic accident to take Alan off the street and out of business.

We are not experts on cults or deviant behavior, but we do know about compensation plans and MLM companies.  If you would like to learn how to avoid a pyramid scam and how to choose a five pillar company, read this free report, Big MLM Lies.

Bob and Anna Bassett
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