If the promise of better times looks “real”, then the hungry man might not take up arms against his/her government. One of the ways to make that promise look “real”, is to either actually create jobs,or create the illusion that there are jobs out there. MLMs are extremely good at creating the illusion of jobs out there.
IOW, MLMs make very good “safety valves”.
I think we are in for a wave of new MLMs, with very funny money from extremely unusual financial sources financing them.