Samuel Herd's Gunter Schabowski moment
The Samuel Herd broadcasting about the layoff of fulltime WTS employees, made me think about the Gunter Schabowski press conference in november 1989.
- Samuel and Gunter read their message from paper. Uninterested, not enough informed. Puppets who speak what others write.
- Samuel and Gunter had to deal with new circumstances. Gunter with the 1989 daily live press conference in Berlin, not the way it used to be in the old East Germany. Samuel has to deal with the new worldwide JW Broadcasting.
- It seems that East Germany did and the Watchtower is managed day by day, without a long term vision.
- Both East Germany and Watchtower celebrate a failed doctrine prior the Schabowski like statement: 50 year socialism and 100 years of Kingdom rule.
Conclusion: It's my opinion that Watchtower is managed like the last days of East Germany, day by day, by officials that are victims of victims, without any enduring vision. Their original theory has failed and is no fundament for future anymore.
I wish Herd would pull a Bud Dwyer during the next JW broadcast.
Everyone in East Germany knew that if the regime fell there was an alternative model for structuring their society ready and waiting to take over: neoliberal democracy.
Concerning the Watchtower what ideological construct waits to take over and pick up the pieces if their world falls apart?
Agree with your conclusion.
Time will tell. But I doubt there are better days ahead, even in the distant future.