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"'Work inside the System:" is a gimmick to neutralize members concerned about improprieties who are so concerned about doing the right thing the right way, they attempt to make others aware of their concerns until they are worn out. It never seems to occur to them that those who would abuse our processes for personal preferences and regardless of our Traditions and guidelines would not conduct counter efforts to keep the objections relegated to a low priority with those objecting held in contempt or low esteem.

"Not My Job:" I might speculate that some of the personnel working at WSO are aware of improprieties and choose to remain silent - staying out of things that don't directly concern them. This too is a good way to insure that such improprieties will continue. It is not dishonorable to blow the whistle on deliberate contravention of our Twelve Traditions and proper even-handedness in matters of concern to the Fellowship. Conflicts of interest especially should not be allowed to play a role in Fellowship decision making processes.

Appeal to Authority (false authority) You appeal to authority if you back up your reasoning by saying that your position is supported by what some supposed authority says on the subject. Appealing to authority- is fallacious whenever the authority appealed to is not really an authority in this particular subject. Example: The moon is covered with dust because the president of our neighborhood association said so.

Appeal to the People (bandwagon) If you suggest that someone's claim or argument is correct simply because it's what most everyone believes, then you've committed the fallacy of appeal to the people . Agreement with popular opinion is not necessarily a reliable sign of truth, and deviation from popular opinion is not necessarily a reliable sign of error: but if you assume it is then you're guilty' of committing this fallacy. Example: You should turn to channel 6 for the best most informative news because it's the most watched channel this year.

“Poisoning the Well” - Poisoning the well is a preemptive attack on a person in an attempt to discredit their testimony or argument. A person who thereby becomes unreceptive to the testimony reasons fallaciously and has become a victim of the poisoner. This is a kind of ad hominem, circumstantial fallacy. Example: [Prosecuting attorney in court] When is the defense attorney planning to call that twice convicted child molester, David Barnington, to the stand? OK, I'll rephrase that. When is the defense attorney planning to call David Barnington to the stand?

Quoting from a recent public news article, the following seems appropriate:

"You shouldn't quit your jobs, as you have kids to raise and families to look after, you don't have to speak up and risk being fired, but, you can quietly become a rebel in sheep's clothing. Don't follow the party line. Don't fall for the trap. Don't buy the government propaganda. Be on the good side. Be on the side of truth, freedom, and justice. We will win with or without you, so join the a\vakening, and be part of the resistance of the mind, and soul. Humanity is calling out for you. The rest of us are waiting for you. Take that leap. Leave the land of lies. You're not safe there. None of us are. Only the war criminals and state terrorists can call that land their home. We must make a new home, built on the rule of law, and grounded in the principles of liberty and human empowerment. "

While this article addresses wide-spread problems facing the world today, it should be obvious that we are part of that world and what happens there, happens here, to some extent. Think of this as a wake-up call,

We have a well established custom against governance in NA's 2nc^ Tradition. This means full disclosure and explanation of changes where they occur. We don't tell people what to do, we ask what they want and try to deliver according to their wishes. The ways in which we go together and agree on certain things is miraculous and not the result of connivance or manipulation. Those who ask and gather information along the lines of group conscience are never going to be too numerous.

The idea of spiritual service is that the few do for the many. But the results have to prove their accord in the minds and hearts of people to garner support and have effect. Bttt Doing with surrender and respect breeds mutuality Common goals become clear. Abusing trust and conflicts of interest are not service. If a renegade corporation gets too far out of the loop, it is not inconceivable that a group within the Corporate system would attempt a power play to capture the 'gullible vote' and change the entire nature of NA. The yardstick or template to measure this is to be found in our Twelve Traditions.

My advice? Stick with the Twelve Traditions. The 12 Concepts of NA service may have been written by the business office but the members who approved them had little idea or understanding that they directly contravened the NA 12 Traditions.

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