The Truth About NATLFED

May 22, 2012

On Being Ex-Cadre

Filed under: Cult,NATLFED,Politics,Uncategorized — ghostwriter1984 @ 21:56

There are two types of ex-cadre:

  1. those who left due to a contradiction that could only be resolved by their departure
  2. those who were forced out due to a contradiction that could only be resolved by their expulsion

There are far more in the second category than care to admit but we’ll get into that soon.  You’ll notice that I didn’t include dead cadre; macabre as it sounds, they are generally categorized as martyrs to the cause but still cadre.

Those who left:

Six basic subcategories as follows:

  1. A contradiction with organizational policy, strategy or procedure.  Usually, these persons complain about the sabotaging of the strategies by others to prevent the revolution.  Policy comes up sometimes, such as the vacation policy.  A lot of persons who left after the failed date fall into this category.  Remember, TWOC was the hegemonious front for the general strike up and down the eastern seaboard.  It didn’t happen.
  2. The realization that the movement was a mask for a cult.  The hamster spinning in its wheel syndrome, constantly doing a lot of things but not really getting anywhere.
  3. Personal relationships.  Yes, I have to go there.  Some persons left to be with other persons.  Others left to get away from someone.  No matter what the topic, sooner or later sex seems to get added to the discussion.  There were even two cadre who tried to leave together and were caught, brought back to the brown stones and then placed under Organizational arrest.
  4. Family matters.  The biggest two within this are deaths in the family or another family member cadre has left.  Sometimes the grieving process just was too much.  When families were recruited in, if one left there was sometimes an exodus of other family members.
  5. Medical reasons.  There were some persons unwilling to become martyrs, “how dare they be selfish” and wanted to live.  Despite the promise of a medical benefit, it was often not readily available to those in need unless you were of sufficient rank and importance.
  6. The psychological/emotional/physical abuse was too much to bear.  There was a lot of it, and not for the purpose of driving out persons but rather to see who could piss more bark off of a tree.  There were some real power trippers in the group, manipulators who had free rein to do what they pleased as long as it was in the name of the cause.

More often than not, departure was in the middle of the night or fleeing during a tactic; a perilous journey and often without much time to prepare.  There are storerooms full of belongings, or at least there used to be, in case the person returned.  Of course, anything of value was forfeit.  We could open up discussions about checkbooks and forgery but someone would call us liars and say the group had proxy to write those checks.

Those who were forced out:

There are four basic subcategories:

  1. Dissidents.  Those who disagreed with the lack of adherence to policy or protocol by certain members or voiced concerns about certain parliamentary proceedings.  It wasn’t a disagreement with the need for revolution but rather how the Organization was claiming to make the revolution.
  2. True revolutionaries.  Those who advocated implementation of tactics and strategies to advance the revolution but were constantly put down and criticized.  They advocated moving forward the motion of the Organization.
  3. Those perceived as users/losers/abusers.  These persons were subjugated to a variety of psychological/emotional/physical abuses specifically designed to drive them out.  One example is of an operations manager who was handed a knife by the political commissar, and the PC told her that the only way she could truly make a difference was to kill herself.  That’s some pretty sick shit right there.
  4. Those dumped into mental institutions.  I don’t know how fair it is to say these persons were damaged goods before joining or as a result of their duration in the Organization.  There was a lot of medicating of persons to keep them in line.  Not one person had a prescription for the powerful psychiatric drugs administered by persons with no medical training except the PDR.  Several were just dropped off at Bellevue, end of story.

I’ve been criticized for focusing too much on the purges of 1995-96 where there was an aggressive campaign to drive out cadre who were considered unwilling or unable to support the new regime.  Some were vocal in their refusal to support the new chair.  Others simply didn’t understand the changes that were happening.  There were some who were physically ousted.

There was also a small group of persons that had been on assignment elsewhere, such as the cadre on exchange with another left party.  When he lost contact with the Organization, he attempted to return to report in for duty and was not allowed to do so unless he accepted probationary status (this was someone who was a cadre for over ten years).

There is a formal expulsion procedure in the constitution but it was rarely if ever utilized.  It proved more expedient to force someone out.

What happened after:

There were some who did return and ended up going through a revolving door process.  Margaret did put a stop to that in most cases but there were certain exceptions (the contradiction of the enforcement of the policy).  Certainly after her takeover, if you walked out then that was it.

I dare not suggest that most lead “normal” lives.  At best, just the semblance of normalcy.  Some benefitted from therapy.  Most were burnt out from doing anything slightly progressive.

There were some who did go to other movements, still determined to one day become governor of Texas and install the DOP over the DOB.

Some participate in forum discussions on the group; others do not.  Some are constantly harassed by the group for their vocalizations about the Organization; others say nothing out of fear of retribution.

If you disagree, that’s okay:

This might be viewed as overly simplistic and you know that’s okay.  Is it a complete list?  Probably not.

We’ve talked about it before and it’s just how it is.  I hope this organizes the circumstances leading one to become an ex-cadre.  I feel it’s important because a dissident has one point of view that radically differs from someone who walked out in the middle of the night muttering under her breath that Gino was full of shit.  The dissident, whether right or wrong, at least stuck it out trying to fix it.  But it’s kind of like a woman who gets married and then tries to fix her husband — doesn’t work.

Feel free to drop a note and tell me I’m really off base.

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