First I will state the obvious that the derailments and bizarre, sometimes plain stupid, and wholly inappropriate conduct needs to cease and should have never been allowed to get so far out of hand. I have no problem with establishing and following rules as long as they are enforced fairly and equally. No moderator has had to act upon anything I have posted and I have been here more than a year.
But I strongly disagree with what I see happening but have held my voice throughout except in PM’s. What many people see and are offended by is a classic authoritarian power structure already in place, and exponentially expanding. From the beginning the parallels to George Orwell’s classic “Animal Farm.” is striking, particularly how people have been pigeonholed and manipulated into accepting this power structure under the guise of “what’s best” etc. So now the first “doctrine” is complete:
“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
And some other quotes as food for thought.
“I trust that every animal here appreciates the sacrifice that Comrade Napoleon has made in taking this extra labour upon himself. Do not imagine, comrades, that leadership is a pleasure! On the contrary, it is a deep and heavy responsibility. No one believes more firmly than Comrade Napoleon that all animals are equal. He would be only too happy to let you make your decisions for yourselves. But sometimes you might make the wrong decisions, comrades, and then where should we be?”
“At any given moment there is an orthodoxy, a body of ideas which it is assumed that all right-thinking people will accept without question.”
“Comrades!’ he cried. 'You do not imagine, I hope, that we pigs are doing this in a spirit of selfishness and privilege?
“The result of preaching totalitarian doctrines is to weaken the instinct by means of which free peoples know what is or is not dangerous.”
I have developed relationships with a lot of people here. But what I see are arbitrary and egotistical premises for a small group to impose their will upon the majority. Its not about rules, which should have been respected and enforced which I agree with and continue to follow. Its the potential for double standards and hypocrisy based on clique membership . Arbitrary power is a curse. See Ogre’s post above about things being cleaned up and swept under the rug.
“Comrade," said Snowball, “those ribbons that you are so devoted to are the badge of slavery. Can you not understand that liberty is worth more than ribbons?”