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Re: Theos-World Bart- Organizational Oligarchy

Mar 27, 2006 08:46 AM
by Bart Lidofsky

That's pretty much what most members do. The only issue that I personally care about (as opposed to care about in theory) is the downgrading of the lodges, and the lack of communication between lodges. I used to be on the board of directors of my local lodge, and was, for one term, vice president of the Northeast Federation (the latter mostly as a seat-warmer).

One major problem is that the Theosophical Society has a large amount of property, all of which was donated, much of which was donated by people who are either still alive, or whose heirs are still alive and active in TS business. Due to its technically democratic structure and relatively low membership, it makes the lodges and sections very tempting targets for hostile takeovers by outside organizations (the Arcane School has been particularly active in these hostile takeovers). Those who donated the property and moneys, and their heirs, are understandably concerned that these donations will go to an organization which they consider to be (and, in many cases, rightly so) hostile towards the cause for which the donations were made in the first place.

The major problem is that the measures that have been taken to prevent a hostile takeover also tend to prevent a non-hostile takeover; dedicated Theosophists who believe that the current management is moving in incorrect directions, but have no problem with the TS itself. For example, there are many Theosophists who believe that if the Mahatmas couldn't find someone who could be both a managerial and spiritual leader of the TS, then an electoral process almost certainly can't, either, and that the directors of the Theosophical Society should stick to management, and not set themselves up as spiritual leaders, as well. Others feel that the Mahatmas said that the Esoteric Section shouldn't interfere with TS business, and if it's good enough for the Mahatmas, it's good enough for them.


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