Stefan's Older Brother
Hugh founded Caribou Systems Corporation in 1994 with his brother Stefan Molyneux. Hugh engaged in all manner of shady business practices including ‘stuffing the pipe’, artificially boosting sales numbers to inflate stock price. He conspired with other executives to perform a ‘pump and dump’ on Caribou. The stock came crashing down. Today, Hugh leapfrogs from startup to startup, hoping to rob customers and shareholders yet again.
Hugh Molyneux is the older brother of Philosopher Stefan Molyneux. Though, Stefan believes that they do not share the same Father. During their childhoods, Stefan suffered a significant amount of abuse from Hugh.
Having a sadistic streak, Hugh would often humiliate Stefan through manipulative mind games. Stefan remembers being hit by his brother. Hugh found this teasing to be terribly funny.
When Stefan was 19, he confronted Hugh regarding this abusive behavior during their childhoods. This did not go well. Hugh burst into tears; begging Stefan to forgive his evil. But this was not a breakthrough. Hugh’s corruption runs deeper than that.
He feels terribly guilty about what he did as a child, and he can’t handle the moral absolutism of that.Stefan Molyneux
Around this time, Hugh began attending Landmark Forum seminars. Hugh confessed that he hadn’t talked to his brother in many years, and that though Stefan was a writer, he had never read any of his work. Landmark encouraged Hugh to make peace with Stefan. He woke Stefan up in the middle of the night to read his book. Stefan enjoyed this, but it never happened again. This was not a breakthrough for Hugh.
When Stefan was 26, he co-founded Caribou Systems Corporation with Hugh Molyneux. They grew the company to $2 Million per year in revenue. Hugh engaged in all manner of shady business practices including ‘stuffing the pipe’, artificially boosting sales numbers to inflate stock price. He conspired with other executives to perform a ‘pump and dump’ on Caribou. The stock came crashing down. Today, Hugh leapfrogs from startup to startup, hoping to rob customers and shareholders yet again.
My brother colludes with the destruction of seven years of my work and destroys a company that we founded, and runs off with the guy who masterminded it to do business again.Stefan Molyneux
When Caribou stock was on the rise, Stefan sold around $20,000 worth of stock and gifted the money to Hugh. After the stock had crashed, Hugh gave the same number of worthless shares back in return. Stefan felt seriously betrayed by this.
After Stefan had done a DeFOO of their Mother, Hugh attempted to be a mediator between them. Hugh frequently tried to get Stefan to forgive and forget. He said that if you don’t see Mother,”you are letting her win.”
Hugh’s children, Sonya and Jessa Molyneux became curious why Stefan refused to see their grandmother. Stefan told them that he DeFOO’d because she is an abuser. She assaulted Stefan growing up and is still a corrupt person today.
My only hope is that as my nieces get older (they know how to get in touch with me), that there may be opportunities for us to have more honest conversations.. But it’s going to be me against everything else they’ve ever been taught.Stefan Molyneux
This was a serious problem for Hugh. He was allowing his Mother (a sexual predator), to babysit his daughters. Hugh gave all the excuses in the world to his Mother, and told his daughters that Stefan was a “bad person” for not forgiving.
On a vacation in Guatemala, Stefan came to the profound conclusion that he would have to also DeFOO his Brother. While meditating, he came to the realization that Hugh was “evil to the core.” Just as with their Mother, Hugh too, he would also DeFOO.
Over the years, Hugh has contacted Stefan many times. He even offered to pay Stefan $20,000 to ReFOO. Stefan refused, and continues to live happily without Hugh in his life.
In podcast 676 – DeFOO Communique, Stefan reads one of Hugh’s pitiful letters:
I have been really angry with you my whole life. It was perfect before you came along. The whole world revolved around me before you came along, and you came along and spoiled it all! So I got back at you by torturing you throughout your childhood by torturing you and killing you off.
When you got too big to tease I switched to lying and selling out on you. All in all, a pretty disgusting way to treat someone you love. I see that all the breakthrough bullshit and promises of a happy ever after ending have been icing on top of shit. You have been very wise to keep your distance!!!
The impact on you was a deeply painful childhood, and constant dissapointments growing up. I burned up the enormous reserves of trust and love you consitently poured into me. The further impact is that you have lost contact with Sue, Jessa and Sonya, who I know you love and miss. The impact on me is that I have lost my brother, quite deservedly, and I miss and love you so much. I have also missed the gift of Christina, and all the wonderful things she brings to life.
So from the bottom of my heart I truly apologize for the enormous amount of suffering my actions have caused. I also want to thank you for the outstanding contribution you have been to my life. For all the laughter and fun you have generated for me over the years, as well as the sumptuous and enlightening conversations. I have been deeply enriched by knowing you and being with you.
I am not commited to continuing being the righteous, knowitall, asshole you have come to know over the past 42 years. I am commited to be loving, vulnerable, and intimate in our relationship going forward. We have had great moments in those times when by accident, rather than design, I brought those elements to our relationship. I am now saying that I see clearly what a jerk I’ve been and promise to manage my self accordingly.
I am proposing that we create an awesome partnership founded on love, respect and admiration. Do you accept this offer or have a counter proposal? I am also giving up another theme in my life which is being controlling so that I am wide open for anything that you would like to create that works for you.
Crap. This ended up being a long email, anyway. 🙂Hugh Molyneux