I'm "Vidiot", born-in but a three years-plus fader, a six-month-ish lurker (after I initially worked up the huevos to check this place out, I kept coming back for "booster shots"), and would probably be labelled an "apostate" by any JC who bothered to track me down and persuade me to run off at the mouth. I'm up on all the dramarama, I've read COC and and AD, and nobody here needs to fill me in on anything. I do have some "life story" stuff, but it's rather dull (compared to some).
* A quick shoutout to fellow Canadians Lady Lee and Outlaw (one of the funniest posters I've ever encountered).
Anyways, the main reason I'm finally announcing myself is that lately there's a few questions/wonderings I've had, and I was hoping that the really deep thinkers here (Metatron, WTWizard, Mary, Dogpatch et. al.) might be able to share their thoughts/opinions/insights.
1. What with the WTS's - fairly obvious at this point - decline/fragmentation, lately I've wondered if GB2.0 (since they wholly subscribe to the whole "with-us-or-against-us" paradigm) might ever consider taking any kind of blanket "judicial" action/resolution with regards to faders; sift out the wishy-washy, as it were.
2. Some time ago, I'd read about a sort of checklist that Canadian federal law enforcement had compiled as a means of identifying potentially dangerous high-control groups at their onset, and it happens that a significant phase involved swithching from an urban presence to a more centralized semi-rural or rural presence; a sort of "withdrawal to a compound" scenario. When I read about the WTS selling off the Brooklyn properties and moving upstate, I was reminded of this. Now, admittedly, it's hard to imagine the WTS as becoming a potentially dangerous and violent subversive group (IMO, one of the reason they've survived as a fringe group as long as they have is the fact that the've eschewed armed violence since the 30s, a MAJOR difference between them and, say, the Branch Davidians), but as the "brain drain" continues, and more and more mentally unstable individuals proliferate throughout the heirarchy, is it possible that that may change?
3. Right-Wing and ultraconservative Christian Nationalists have risen to previously unheard-of levels of power and influence in American politics. Assume for the moment that this will continue, and they actually achieve a significant amount of their socio-political goals (a scenario frightening enough to drive any rational person to drink); as the WTS continues to decline in membership and cash flow (and also due to their common authoritarian nature), is it possible that they might feel compelled to "play ball" in order to survive?
I'd appreciate any feedback.