Many have inquired as to specifically what it is that Foreclosurepedia believes and precisely what we want done. The below Manifesto is what we believe. What we want done is the complete eradication of corruption from the Property Preservation Industry. With that said, we all know that the Foreclosurepedia Media Project is becoming effective. While Members of the National Association of Mortgage Field Services have temporarily impacted work flow to Foreclosurepedia the Company; unconstitutionally and in violation of 42 U.S.C. § 1983, for participating in Constitutionally Guaranteed First Amendment Rights by myself (litigation soon to commence), the reality is that all the NAMFS has done is free up far more time to dedicate to reform.
Wisdom will prevail at the financial institution level as we begin to drill down deeper upon Organizations such as Altisource and Ocwen; JPMorgan – Chase and Wells Fargo. In a 24/7/365 world, information is both a tool and a weapon. When looking at organizations whom play by the rules, there is marginal bad PR. The bad PR exponentially increases based upon the criminality of the organization and by proxy the associations thereto.
So, does the Industry have a Come To Jesus Moment? Does the Industry come kicking and screaming into the world of legal and legitimate commerce under Dodd – Frank Provisions? Does the Industry attempt to buy Foreclosurepedia with Non Disclosure Provisions and create a HousingWire type publication? I do not have the answers. What I do know is this: While my opinions may be toxic and my rhetoric and doxing may be unconscionable, it is LEGAL; my ISP and Web Hosting will defend Free Speech! No different than in the heat of a political election. The Industry would do well to find a proxy to reach out and recalibrate the NAMFS Policy of Scorched Earth which has been taken with respect to me and other Contractors whom voice their Constitutionally Protected Rights to Free Speech.
The Property Preservation Industry Manifesto
We are the Contractors of an Industry without Regulation. This unregulated Industry, commonly referred to as the Property Preservation Industry, was created to service the carnage left from the greed and abuse of financial institutions whom had no regulation as well. We look, uncomfortably to a United States Government whom seems ill equipped to protect the very citizenry which pays the US Government’s bills and the Contractors whom are being defrauded, by proxy, by the US Government.
Less than a decade ago, the United States was the the One Superpower: Freedom and equality for each individual, government of, by, and for the people — these American values we found good, principles by which we could live as men. The Industry and Contractors began succumbing to complacency and turning a “blind eye” to the theft, greed and corruption which was initiated by Members and Non Members of the National Association of Mortgage Field Services (NAMFS).
As time went on; as the 99 percent of the American Population began to realize that a horrific crime was perpetrated upon the People, our comfort was penetrated by events too troubling to dismiss. First, the permeating and victimizing fact of human degradation, symbolized by the Foreclosurepedia’s struggle against NAMFS, compelled some of us from silence to activism. Second, the calculated defraudment of single mothers, wartime disabled veterans; the targeting of Contractors based upon race and gender, brought awareness that we ourselves, and our friends, and thousands of abstract “others” we knew more directly because of our common peril, demanded accountability. We might deliberately ignore, or avoid, or fail to feel all other human problems, but not these two, for these were too immediate and crushing in their impact, too challenging in the demand that we as individuals take the responsibility for encounter and resolution.
While these and other problems either directly oppressed us or rankled our consciences and became our own subjective concerns, we began to see complicated and disturbing paradoxes in our surrounding America. The declaration “all men are created equal . . . rang hollow when looking at how the NAMFS and by proxy the financial institutions treated Contractors. The proclaimed intentions of the NAMFS contradicted its economic and status quo investments in the Industry.
We witnessed, and continue to witness, other paradoxes. With the willful misclassification of employees as Contractors; with the issuance of insufficient fund checks across state lines by the hundreds by NAMFS Members, the peace and tranquility of Free Market Economics has been shattered. Although our own technology is destroying old and creating new forms of social organization, a small segment of Contractors still tolerate forced training and loosing their Contracts for merely invoking their First Amendment Rights to Free Speech. While two-thirds of Contractors suffer the inability to even break even, NAMFS Members revel amidst superfluous abundance. Although the NAMFS Board of Directors have information detailing the illegal and immoral activities of its Membership, NAMFS tolerates anarchy as a major principle of conduct and uncontrolled exploitation governs the sapping of Contractor’s resources. Although the Property Preservation Industry desperately needs revolutionary leadership, NAMFS rests in stalemate, its goals ambiguous and tradition-bound instead of informed and clear, its democratic system apathetic and manipulated.
Not only did tarnish appear on our image of American virtue, not only did disillusion occur when the hypocrisy of NAMFS ideals was discovered, but Contractors began to sense that what they had originally seen as the Industry Golden Age was actually the decline of an era. The Industry outbreak of revolution against the NAMFS Membership and their Draconian Dictatorship; the entrenchment of fraud, waste and abuse, these trends were testing the tenacity of Contractor’s commitment to civility.
Foreclosurepedia’s work is guided by the sense that we may be the Last Stand against NAMFS hegemony. But we are a minority — the vast majority of Contractors regard the temporary equilibriums as eternally-functional parts. In this is perhaps the outstanding paradox: we ourselves are imbued with urgency, yet the message of NAMFS is that there is no viable alternative to the present. Beneath the reassuring tones of the politicians, beneath the common opinion that the Property Preservation Industry will “muddle through”, beneath the stagnation of those who have closed their minds to the future, is the pervading feeling that there simply are no alternatives, that our times have witnessed the exhaustion not only of legitimate commerce, but of any new departures as well. Feeling the press of complexity upon the defraudment of Contractors, many are fearful of the thought that at any moment things might thrust out of control. Contractors fear change itself, since change might smash whatever invisible framework seems to hold back chaos for them now. For most Contractors and NAMFS Members, all crusades are suspect, threatening. The fact that each Contractor sees apathy in his fellows perpetuates the common reluctance to organize for change. The dominant institutions; NAMFS Members and their incestuous relationships, are complex enough to blunt the minds of their potential critics, and entrenched enough to swiftly dissipate or entirely repel the energies of protest and reform, thus limiting Contractor’s expectancies.
Some would have us believe that Contractors feel contentment amidst their poverty — but might it not better be called a glaze above deeplyfelt anxieties about their role in the Property Preservation Industry? If these anxieties produce a developed indifference, do they not as well produce a yearning to believe there is an alternative to the present; that something can be done to change circumstances and the corruption within the Membership of the NAMFS? It is to this latter yearning, at once the spark and engine of change, that we direct our present appeal. The search for truly democratic alternatives to the present, and a commitment to social experimentation with them, is a worthy and fulfilling human enterprise, one which moves us and, we hope, others today.
In this we state that the application of all 21st Century technology will be brought to bear, asymmetrically, to bring public attention to the corruption within the Property Preservation Industry. The Poster Child for this Corruption are a small percentage of NAMFS Members. By proxy; by the willful refusal of legitimate NAMFS Members to cause change, all NAMFS Members have tacitly made a public statement that they are supportive of the horrific actions taken by their fellow Members.
On such a basis do we offer this document of our convictions and analysis: as an effort in understanding and changing the conditions of Contractors, an effort rooted in the ancient, still unfulfilled conception of man attaining determining influence over his circumstances of life.
We thank Tom Hayden for his Original SDS Manifesto, upon which this was built.