Re: Theos-World re: association of concerned theosophists
Feb 24, 2004 11:57 AM
I would like to remark on this accusation of DYNASTY in the TS. There is
absolutely no grounds for such an accusation. There is absolutely no family
connections between the various TS presidents with the exception of Radha
Burnier who is only distantly related to George Arundale and that through his
wife. I hope such disinformation as that given below does not spread
haphazardly through the internet as it is neither factual or helpful.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "kpauljohnson" <kpauljohnson@y...>
> --- In email@example.com, Bart Lidofsky <bartl@s...> wrote:
> > walkinsnotwelcome wrote:
> > > "Well-meaning", lovely. They dissolved abruptly, in a
> conspicuous silence, after declaring that their convention activity
> was only preliminary to a campaign in the next election.I'm
> inquiring into what happened with that.
> > Once again I will not name names, but the one or two on the
> Board whose purpose was more to tear down than to build up more or
> less ruined things.
> As an early participant in the group who resigned within a few
> months, I'd concur.
> Also there was the fact that the only thing that really united
> > the group was a dislike of the then-current administration.
> Also would agree with that. One bone of contention among many was
> whether or not to focus on the ES as a problem. Everyone started
> out regarding the cryptocracy behind TS governance as a very serious
> obstacle to reform; somehow it was decided that we dare not mention
> the problem because it would "turn people off." Yet members did get
> turned off by the negativity of the ACTivist-- at least that was the
> feedback I got in Baltimore. Whether pointing out the elephant in
> the living room-- ES subversion of the TS-- would have helped or
> hurt, who knows?
> I really
> > believe that some of their suggestions would have been adopted had
> > been worded more reasonably.
> The bottom line IMO is that democratic process in the TS has been
> corrupted to the point that *nothing* can salvage it. Radha is
> president for life, member of a family that has dominated TS
> governance for all but a few years of the last 7 decades. The high
> handedness that comes from dynastic governance leaves no room for
> democracy in any meaningful sense. As above, so below: national
> sections are democratic in name only too, more often than not. At
> least that is what one hears from insiders.
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