Allison Mack cries at hearing the word salad of Keith Raniere.
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The secret of brainwashed Allison Mack’s fall from star to a man’s sex slave, pimp and brander of women – in the name of women’s empowerment

By Frank Parlato
This is succinct – and rings true.
A reader, using the moniker ‘Program blah blah blah’, had this to say about what Keith Raniere’s NXIVM was really about – for him:
it reads:
Who cares how impactful some people found NXIVM’s trainings? The training was a front for Raniere’s illegal enterprise.

NXIVM insiders, deep within Raniere’s inner circle, used the training as a way to gather information on those they could extort what Raniere wanted from them:

  1. Sex
  2. Cheap labor
  3. Commit illegal commands from Master
  4. Money, lots of money
  5. Pony – what could be millions of $$$ from Mexico – to Salzman and Raniere’s hidden SPOTS.
  6. Enrollment efforts to keep their cash cow alive
  7. Devotion for both Salzman and Raniere
  8. Cheap insider Legal Team

The list goes on.

People want to make those who received benefits from the training as a powerful defense for Raniere.

This is not about who benefits from a training program, this is about Raniere and his partners’ illegal actions.


The prosecution might wish to show that, despite grandiose claims of NXIVM being an organization developed for the benefit of its students, it had really no other objective than to serve its founder, Keith Raniere’s selfish ends.

In this Raniere had some co conspirators and enablers. Among the chief ones were Nancy Salzman, Karen Unterreiner, Lauren Salzman, Clare Bronfman, Sara Bronfman, Emiliano Salinas, Alejandro Betancourt, Allison Mack and others – some of whom defected.  The ones who defected prior to the fall of Raniere deserve, in my mind and in most case, absolution for their misdeeds and to not be listed as co conspirators – even though they may have done as much or more to build up Raniere’s dark and bifurcated world of deceit [while pretending to be a noble Vanguard] than some of those listed above.

In some cases, the defectors contributed to the fall of Raniere.  In varying degrees, I think all the co conspirators were both victims and victimizers. In my next post, I will try to illustrate this with a rumination on Clare Bronfman – one of the least sympathetic and vicious of the co conspirators.


As for the eight things Raniere’s NXIVM was really all about – to him –

  1. Sex
  2. Cheap labor
  3. Commit illegal commands from Master
  4. Money, lots of money
  5. Pony – what could be millions of $$$ from Mexico – to Salzman and Raniere’s hidden SPOTS.
  6. Enrollment efforts to keep their cash cow alive
  7. Devotion for both Salzman and Raniere
  8. Cheap insider Legal Team

— I am pretty sure we can think of a few others – perks the Vanguard received, or attempted to receive, [none of which he seems to be enjoying now].  I think they all boils down to one primary thing, however: NXIVM was run for the benefit of Keith Raniere – and he alone- although he did let co conspirators enjoy to some degree.

Keith Raniere said, “He who has the most joy wins.”
Raniere inside the Mexican Federal Police vehicle moments after his arrest on March 25, 2018.  It is perhaps more than mere speculation that others are winning – for they experienced more joy – when they knew he was arrested and would be less able to do them harm – than he was at this moment. Which suggests that – as Raniere says – joy is a fleeting objective – one day you are winning by having more joy than your terrified adversaries – and on another day- such as March 25, 2018 – you are having a little less joy – and in a world of winning and losing based on joy or the lack thereof – all the days of winning by taking the joy away from others – all culminates in a dark defeat and a future nearly joyless world. It can happen to one – even one who is ‘unified.”

I suspect Raniere derived a sadistic pleasure in watching “fools” worship him [he who had the worst intentions towards them] and see them operate a community, and a mission in his name, where the “fools” [in his eyes, they are ‘fools’] thought they were really trying to do good – who actually really tried to do good – while he manipulated them to serve his selfish ends alone.

And, yes, sure, there were good things in the NXIVM courses. There had to be. Otherwise, the ‘fools’ would not pay tens of thousands for courses – and go into to debt to take more – while trying to recruit others, and serving the mission for free.

But the courses were intended to keep people hooked – that is why the curriculum was endless – no one ever graduates – no one ever achieves the final result — ‘unification’ – he called it.

He would – in the guise of mentor or leader – – worshipful Vanguard – who was thanked in every class for his munificence and brilliance – thwart all their efforts – with many efforts of his own to trip them up along the way — as one judge rightly called his intentions toward Toni Natalie – for their own individual -not Vanguard created – success.

Raniere was constantly creating unnecessary chaos – to prevent success and keep people enslaved. For success for his ‘fools’ was antithetical to Raniere’s goals for Executive Success Programs. Success for them might have meant freedom for his fools/slaves/devotees/students. It was adversarial – but his students did not know it.

He – the man who defines winning as crucial  – even in things that should be shared and not measured in comparatives – such as joy – won by enslaving his followers. Keeping them abject – never seeking their success through equality.

This, I believe, is where the secret of drawing the line between victimizer and victim lies. Many of his most ardent followers were a mix of both.

I think, for instance, that Allison Mack  – in her heart and brain – actually, honestly thought [or was trained to think] his was a mission of goodness – even DOS. I doubt she was ‘out there’ hating the people she recruited. Somewhere she got caught up in his web of lies, and entered a dim world balanced between wanting to keep her fine [and selfish] role with Raniere [procuring him, for example, fuck toys and etc.] and a world – in her head – where a more deeply embedded hypnotic suggestion lay- where she must serve Raniere for his noble mission – which is for the welfare of a troubled and needlessly suffering world.  There were times when his mere voice, a look or a suggestion would reduce her to tears – so eager was she programmed to believe he was sheer goodness.


“It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” But what happens when you abrogate being your own captain – and substitute that for the control of a guru or mentor who is a sociopath and whose only goal is to manipulate you? Is this what is meant by brainwashed?
Are Allison Mack and India Oxenberg really – next to Raniere – the two biggest criminals in NXIVM? They were in the criminal complaint against Raniere as co – conspirators #1 and #2  What ratio of victim/victimizer can we ascribe to these two women? Is India 90 percent victim – 10 percent victimizer? Or more, or less. What about Allison Mack?
The extent of people’s adherence to Raniere is epitomized in this picture of Mack jogging i the fall of 2017. While being restricted to an 800 calorie per day diet, Raniere instructed her to jog 30 miles per week. Was it done for her own good or for his?
Allison singing.
She left a successful acting career to become an unsuccessful singer. Allison Mack during a performance with Simply Human at V Week.
Allison Mack became a branded slave to a man – to prove women’s empowerment[?].
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Allison cries over a blast of bogus deep emitted from the oral orifice of Keith Raniere.
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Allison [r]: “How deep he is!”…   Raniere [l]: “How deeply hypnotized she is.”

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  • Wow, Great article. Great photos. My only complaint is that not enough women go jogging.

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