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Re: Theos-World Green, Caldwell (and Rome?)

Jan 07, 2007 05:49 PM
by Cass Silva


In your madness to crucify Daniel you are now sleeping with the real enemy of HPB.

Cass

carlosaveline <carlosaveline@terra.com.br> wrote:                                  
 DAVID GREEEN AND ME,  
 
 by Paul Johnson
  
 Theos-Talk  --- 13 Feb 2006
  
 Dear friends,
  
 My first post on David Green focused on his attacks on the ULT.  But 
 another group disliked by Wheaton and Adyar was also the focus of his 
 contempt, a short-lived reform group to which I belonged in 1998.
 Not long after I wrote a rebuttal to Daniel Caldwell's "House of 
 Cards" attack on my books that appeared on Professor David Lane's 
 website, I received an invitation from David Green to have it also 
 published on his Critical History website.  He told me he was a 
 student writing a paper, not a Theosophist, and taking mainly a 
 critical view of the subject.  For almost ten years now his site has 
 hosted material written by me, which I find discomfiting now in light 
 of the apparent fictitiousness of his persona.  My online publisher 
 is a phantom, at best.  
  
 Although I let my membership in the Adyar TS expire in 1996, two 
 years later I renewed it for a year when invited to participate in a 
 reformist effort called the Association of Concerned Theosophists.  
 ACT's focus was using the TS electoral system to counter the personal 
 autocracy of John Algeo and bring more freedom and openness to the 
 American Section.  A notable feature of Green's online activity was 
 his complete disdain for critics of the Adyar TS, especially the 
 Association of Concerned Theosophists.  He presented himself as 
 Australian, residing in Sydney, and was overtly disdainful of 
 Leadbeater and other post-Blavatskian figures in Theosophical 
 history, as well as of me:
  
 http://www.theosophy.com/theos-talk/199808/tt00044.html
  
 Look for his contemptuous, dismissive remarks to others like Richard 
 Ihle or John Crocker to get a feel for the function of his presence 
 at the time in Theosophical online discussion.
  
 Another pattern of Green's postings was evident trolling, that is 
 stirring up antagonism, as evident in this exchange with Frank 
 Reitemeyer, designed to get *me* attacked:
  
 http://www.theosophy.com/theos-talk/199906/tt00048.html
  
 Caldwell and Green were/are both equally intent on creating 
 antagonism and trying to direct others' hostility toward targets 
 other than themselves.  I have been the most frequent "beneficiary" 
 of such treatment from Caldwell, who has delighted in stirring up 
 fundamentalist Theosophists into rage against my books. But at least 
 that is straightforward, whereas when "Green" posted seemingly 
 favorable remarks about my books, in truth "he" was dishonestly 
 stirring up anger towards me and insuring that harsh reactions would 
 ensue directed not at him but at me. Caldwell befriended the ULT and 
 was lionized as a hero by them (some of them) as a great scholar and 
 ultimate rebutter-- while Green was furiously attacking them, that 
 helped created a paranoid and contentious atmosphere online which 
 served the purposes of no one but... ???
  
 Who gains from all this?  That's the big question,
  
 Paul [ Johnson ]
 
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