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Mar 26, 1998 11:27 AM
by Bart Lidofsky

John R. Crocker wrote:

> >    Sorry, let me rephrase: It looks like the work of a single individual
> >pretending to be a larger organization.
> >    Bart Lidofsky
> Sorry ... but it *is* a larger organization. Interesting that you would
> simply assume that it is an individual and then even accuse the individual
> of wanting to be a "dictator".

    I didn't. However, I noted a strong correlation between the pages that were
under construction, and the pages that would indicate that this was more than
just one person trying to remake the TS in his/her own image. Therefore, it
LOOKED like the work of a single individual pretending to be a large
organization. I have been told by Ken (who, although I disagree with him, I have
not yet known to tell a deliberate lie) that I wa incorrect, and I expressed my
relief at being incorrect.

> ACT is a considerable group of Theosophists
> from around the country - including some quite prominant names and members
> of a lot of the larger branches. It has done significant organizing, raised
> a good deal of funds by itself, and over the next few months will not only
> be presenting in depth critiques of a lot of the current operations - backed
> up with a good deal of the evidence you desire - but will also be working to
> field an entire slate of candidates for the next election, a number of
> platform points (its that "positive ideas for improvement" that you so
> love), and will fund, by itself, the avenues of information dissemination
> that will render JA's control of the Quest meaningless.

    I am glad to hear that. Yes, you are now talking about the "positive ideas
for improvement" that I have expressed a need for in the past. If this is indeed
the case, while I may or may not support your individual platforms, I definitely
do support your existence (as in Voltaire's "I may not agree with what you say,
but I will defend to the death your right to say it").

> In the next election, for the first time in a good while, American
> Theosophists will be presented with a very clear choice between two very
> different perspectives of Theosophy, and the operations of Theosophical
> Headquarters. It will be interesting to see whether all those who've been
> telling the "whiners" to shut up and do something, all those who have said
> they are open to "new ideas" - it will be interesting to see what they do
> when presented with something actually being done, and new ideas actually
> being presented. Interesting to see what people who have been demanding
> "evidence" do when its actually presented.

    Sounds good to me. Let's hope that the American Theosophist keeps up its old
practice of allowing the candidates space to state their positions, as well.

    Bart Lidofsky

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