Re: Is democracy outdated?
May 06, 2008 02:55 AM
Theosophical Society is not democratic. Head of Esoteric School has
full powers to accept or reject any individual. As most of the active
TS officers and members eagerly want to be part of the ES, and don't
want to be expelled by ES head, they do everything to please the ES
head, who is also the President of the TS. President even has
authority to expel member from TS also. That makes TS undemocratic.
This election is different to some extent because many General
Secretaries and John Algeo are thinking that it is futile to obey the
commands of ES head in order to save their ES membership and
Indeed most powerful and efficient organizations in the world like
military, companies don't run in deomcratic way.
--- In email@example.com, "Anton Rozman" <anton_rozman@...>
> Is democracy outdated or it never came into being? It is clear that
> this question applies to the situation in the world in general as
> well to that in the TS.
> As the democracy is not functioning there are present the attempts to
> let the corporations (in one or another form) rule the world for, it
> is said, only they can make it run in an efficient manner. There were
> already many attempts in this direction and they brought millions of
> death. On the other side there is opposition to this global
> domination which grasps itself to actual institutions which do not
> reflect the rule of law and common interest but the compromise
> between several partial interests of groups of power.
> Is there any third alternative? Is it possible to make democracy
> functional? It depends from every single human being on this earth,
> from every member of the Theosophical Society! Anyone can make and
> should make a difference!
> We really never had an international Theosophical Society, just loose
> association of national societies, kept together with the parallel
> structure of government embodied in the Esoteric Section, Co-
> Freemasonry, Liberal Catholic Church, and so on. But these
> organizations didn't enforce the democracy in the Theosophical
> Society but rather imposed to it their incompatible autocratic
> structure and interests. They became impediment for the democracy in
> the Theosophical Society and its democratic progress. They ruined
> several attempts of good and promising work within the Theosophical
> Society as can be seen in the case of decayed TS in Yugoslavia
> and in the sad case of Toddywalla family
> The process of democratization can begin only within every single
> unit of the Theosophical Society, within each individual member and
> within the lodges. They can acknowledge themselves with the Rules and
> Regulations and Principles of Work of the Theosophical Society,
> begin to function in that sense and develop innovative approaches.
> And many of them already do so.
> The process can be successful only if every single member will become
> a leader and if the current administration and elected President will
> support this process. And such process will for sure reveal young
> persons who will able to administrate the Theosophical Society in
> the 21st century.
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