A very interesting post.
I wonder how much Rutherford modelled himself on the political Fascists of the day especially Mussolini, who actually had great support among many factions outside of Italy? The march of the Blackshirts into Rome in the early twenties was the focus of a plan baked years before. Rutherford's modus operandi in taking control and yielding authority was remarkably similar to the way Mussolini, and later Adolf Hitler and Stalin, ingratiated themselves within the hierarchy of an idealistic movement with a long term and ruthless plan.
After his takeover of the Organization he put into practice all the precepts of a dictatorial Fascism using many similar, though it has to be said, more benign ways, of cementing his position. Whatever is said about Russell, I think he would have been mortified that his cute little Frankenstein of a movement turned into such a lumbering monster.
Incidentally, does anybody know if the Adam Rutherford who chaired 'The Institute Of Pyramidology' and wrote on Biblical Pyramidology was any relation to the Judge? I have never been able to clarify this
Best regards - HS