AGONUS- You're right- they've always been this bat$hit to a degree , very true. However it seems the last few years they are amping up the pressure to " Obey the faithful slave even if you don't understand the reasons " type of pressure and they seem to emphasize serving the " faithful & discreet slave " even MORE in most of the articles. They seem to always get their point in about NOT questioning the " slave ".
There have been times they've lightened up, yes. The early 90's like you say, also from about 1976 through 1979 a brief period while Ray Franz was on the governing body more emphasis was being put on developing fruitages of the spirit, love, kindness, mercy, etc. But THAT all got chucked out the window when the $hit came down in 1980 with Franz and Dunlap and others being ousted from Bethel. Then from then on a mostly hard line stance came to the forefront with Ted Jaracz leading the way. Before he died he handpicked some of these current GB members like Anthony Morris, thus you see the continuance of the hardline stance he implemented still going on among most of these 50 - 60 yr,old GB members. Pretty twisted. More control & power and I think it will get worse as time goes on