Although, I note a kind of slow dissolve. One wondered whether the luxury cruise might have been a last hurrah for a group in steady decline. If they enjoyed the close company on the ship, it didn't last long afterwards, with everyone breaking up into isolated teams to rough it on the streets. Perhaps this just reflects the fact that people are more comfortable working in smaller teams, and the idea of a community operating as one big happy family does not always live up to that expectation.
The appointment of Joe and Alf as joint group leaders did not seem to alter Dave still behaving as the executive, although there seemed to be a tendency toward hiving off activities, with Dave viewing the forum as his "little project". The announcement that Rols and Sue were returning to the UK to work on their own formalised the fact that they are happier when they are not working under Dave's direction. Jayme and Jeremy soon followed suite. The newsletter made it sound like even the two man team of Ross and Barry was split for a while with Barry squatting in an abandoned house.
The decision to not apply for new passports would mean the teams would become isolated in their countries of origin. And the move toward ending their use of money altogether would effectively end their dependency on Dave's literature as the core of their activity.
Good points, very good points. Very well put.
"Slow dissolve," I like that. It's true. Their numbers had dropped by (at least) about half over the last four years or so.
If they're going to try and use less cash, then why sell the books?
Without passports, a lot of their activities would have been curtailed. But, I'll bet you that DM and his consort will use theirs anyway.
Malcolm Wesley WREST
You may well be right Zeuszor, although David will likely find life without a cult of his very own to boast of, to himself, difficult to take for long...
I still suspect some strategy of "crisis" perpetuation, though.... David would have been aware of the dissatisfaction brewing against in the ranks, and that even with the limited access to the world external to the JC's, that is permitted the membership of the JC's, he was coming off a distinct "second"(to Peter Strong, or Apollo or in light of his beloved Littlerose's "contributions" to their site).....hence David engineers a "tribulation crisis"....the JC's simply go underground(cease the most public of their activities) , and pretend that they are disbanding, .... David uses the time to focus on reconsolidating his "legitimacy".....with the membership EVEN MORE isolated from any external contact that might give them cause to question McKay.
They will then reappear at a suitable moment (even if re branded ever so slightly), with McKay once more wielding unquestioned authority.
McKay simply grasping for power yet again, is as likely an explanation, I suspect,.....as any nonsense that they may have employed to shake off "Littlerose" is hardly credible unless authenticated elsewhere....
Their forum is still up....it can be "re-activated" any time, once McKay, has shored up his leadership sufficiently..... Where is the server for the JC website? The UK is the ISP address isn't it? Their site states that it was last updated on November the 3rd.....that's only three days ago!
After all, the JCs themselves have communicated nothing on the matter. And why not do it themselves, for that matter? Why would they leave it up to somebody like her, to tell the world that the JCs have disbanded? This makes little sense.
It's hard to think of him living like David the Snowbird Pensioner, inactive and without a group of some kind around him for the first time in many years. This has to be some kind of pretext, or else a fiction. We'll see.
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