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Re: Theosophical Democracy vs Theosophical Autonomy

Jul 08, 2009 03:07 PM
by Anand

--- In, "robert_b_macd" <robert.b.macdonald@...> wrote:
> That might work.  Using the internet, if it is allowed to continue to exist in its present form, would be one way in which we can all safeguard our constitution -- if we would just do it.
> What would be an interesting project would be to take the original by-laws as created by Olcott and Blavatsky, and then each new set of by-laws year after year highlighting whatever changes have been made.  We could watch the evolution of theosophical politics for more than a century.  I guess we would need a copy of the ES rules and pledge and the changes it has undergone as well to get a fuller picture.  I have a feeling the picture would not be a very pretty one.
> Another thought that I just had is that perhaps there could be different ways of studying and practicing theosophy, one entitlement that you could get is to be a voting-member.  A voting-member would be a theosophist who has studied the internet bylaw page, commenting on the by-laws in an internet forum with other theosophists and after gaining an understanding of the bylaws, say after a year, they could apply to be a voting member of the Society.  In this way they would at least understand the issues that are at stake.  Of course the limiting factor would be who gets to be the gate-keeper of the voting membership...
> Robert Bruce

Even if some people don't want members to become educated, due to internet it will be very difficult to stop people from getting educated.

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