Guest View: The impossible quest toward a hopeless cause: Vanguard

For neither good nor evil can last for ever; and so it follows that as evil has lasted a long time, good must now be close at hand.”
Guest View:
by Mike Saavedra 
The Man of La Mancha is a musical inspired by Cervantes’ “Don Quixote“.
One of Keith Raniere’s favorite teachings comes from “The Man of La Mancha”.
Specifically, the song: “Impossible Dream”.
You can listen to the song here:
To dream … the impossible dream …
To fight … the unbeatable foe …
To bear … with unbearable sorrow …
To run … where the brave dare not go …
To right … the unrightable wrong …
To love … pure and chaste from afar …
To try … when your arms are too weary …
To reach … the unreachable star … 
This is my quest, to follow that star … 
No matter how hopeless, no matter how far … 
To fight for the right, without question or pause … 
To be willing to march into Hell, for a Heavenly cause … 
And I know if I’ll only be true, to this glorious quest, 
That my heart will lie will lie peaceful and calm, 
when I’m laid to my rest … 
And the world will be better for this: 
That one man, scorned and covered with scars, 
Still strove, with his last ounce of courage, 
To reach … the unreachable star …
“For neither good nor evil can last for ever; and so it follows that as evil has lasted a long time, good must now be close at hand.”


Keith Raniere may not have realized it, but Frank Parlato is a man like Don Quixote. Ceaseless in his attempts. Specifically, his great quest to find the “One Thousand Millionaires” that Raniere built… no matter the cost.

But we, the audience… know it is an impossible dream. For he will never find them. They are like ghostly vapors. Tainted with particles of bullshit.
And yet Parlato continues to seek… the impossible dream.
The quest for  the 1,000 Keith-built millionaires: One is expecting to meet, at every turn, people glad and joyful because Keith Raniere touched their lives and left them successful….
On a less satirical note, the reason Keith Raniere uses this story to motivate, is to have the mindless drones continue towards impossible tasks that will never bear fruit and prevent them from living their lives. He uses this metaphor to have them slave away, despite the futility. They are stuck in a prison of his devising…. a prison of their own goodness.
It is the worst-intended kind of hypnosis… using the pull inside every human of a quixotic quest for their own greatness.
Instead, he uses their noble quest for his own aims. FeedingFuckingFleeing from Responsibilities and Fighting with those who leave him.


Imaginary scene: 1000 Keith-built millionaires gather in tribute to Keith Raniere.  Every one is wealthy, independent, and successful. Grateful to Keith for helping them find their own inner strength. He urges them onward to independence: “Never stand begging for that which you have the power to earn,” says Vanguard.  There is a time when the curriculum must end. The Keith-built millionaires say “Thank you Vanguard, for your part in MY journey.” And it is Vanguard who is grateful and gives tribute to the students for their passing into freedom and away from him.


Finally, from so little sleeping and so much reading, his brain dried up and he went completely out of his mind.


A bad year and a bad month to all the backbiting bloggers in the world!


A sea snake can kill as many as 1000 people with its venom.
The Zimbabwe Billion Dollar note, once worth almost $20.
I guide the growth of dependence of spirit in the students who come to my intensives…

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Frank Parlato is an investigative journalist.

His work has been cited in hundreds of news outlets, like The New York Times, The Daily Mail, VICE News, CBS News, Fox News, New York Post, New York Daily News, Oxygen, Rolling Stone, People Magazine, The Sun, The Times of London, CBS Inside Edition, among many others in all five continents.

His work to expose and take down NXIVM is featured in books like “Captive” by Catherine Oxenberg, “Scarred” by Sarah Edmonson, “The Program” by Toni Natalie, and “NXIVM. La Secta Que Sedujo al Poder en México” by Juan Alberto Vasquez.

Parlato has been prominently featured on HBO’s docuseries “The Vow” and was the lead investigator and coordinating producer for Investigation Discovery’s “The Lost Women of NXIVM.” Parlato was also credited in the Starz docuseries "Seduced" for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.

Additionally, Parlato’s coverage of the group OneTaste, starting in 2018, helped spark an FBI investigation, which led to indictments of two of its leaders in 2023.

Parlato appeared on the Nancy Grace Show, Beyond the Headlines with Gretchen Carlson, Dr. Oz, American Greed, Dateline NBC, and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, where Parlato conducted the first-ever interview with Keith Raniere after his arrest. This was ironic, as many credit Parlato as one of the primary architects of his arrest and the cratering of the cult he founded.

Parlato is a consulting producer and appears in TNT's The Heiress and the Sex Cult, which premiered on May 22, 2022. Most recently, he consulted and appeared on Tubi's "Branded and Brainwashed: Inside NXIVM," which aired January, 2023.

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