|When he first submitted this article, James asked me not to run it without Linz's permission. At first, I thought it should be run because I believed what James said in the article might be true; he was not the first person from whom I had heard these rumors and allegations. |
I now realize I was very wrong in that belief ... the entire premise of those crying "alcoholic!"—i.e., that Lindsay is destroying his friendships with booze—is rendered completely unbelievable by the swift defenses mounted by his friends, especially those who live in New Zealand and know him most closely. (And no one with a shred of decency will suggest that Peter Cresswell, Philip Howison, Derek McGovern, Ross Elliot, Scott DeSalvo, Marcus Bachler, Robert Winefield, and Tibor Machan are all self-deceiving "enablers.")
I emailed Linz with my opinion that we should run the article, whether it was true or false. In his reply, he denounced this article and denied its claims in no uncertain terms. But, he also believed that it should run, and despite the complaints of many SOLOists, I stand by that decision.
I still think one of the worst aspects of some of the recent departures from SOLO has been the secrecy surrounding them ... we never knew who said what in an email to whom, or why. This has given the SOLO-snipers license to take endless potshots at Lindsay, attributing the splits to all manner of underhanded tactics and alleged character flaws on his part. That stuff isn't going to wash this time around. If James leaves in a huff, I want everyone to know why: he thinks Lindsay is an alcoholic, and that this compels him to publicly air his suspicions and leave the site.
Say, instead, that we had decided not to publish this. James and Barbara would have left in the aftermath of a thread where there was already some speculation that Linz had a drinking problem, and where James had already said he was submitting an article titled "Drooling Beast." Had we not aired this dirty laundry, that would have snowballed into a whisper campaign, and behind SOLO's back would have been spread the lie that the Founder and Principal was a drunk, and was too deep in denial to confront the problem.
James has already been taken to task quite effectively in this thread. But I notice that Barbara Branden has also been encouraging SOLOists to read this article, and tacitly endorsing its content. Now, I have only what I read on these threads to help me evaluate this conflict. But I think it is instructive that she is willing to lend credence to Mr. Kilbourne's statements about Lindsay Perigo, which are characterized by an almost complete lack of evidence, while dismissing those made against Jim Peron, in the face of reams of evidence establishing the truth of his support for NAMBLA and pedophilia, all of which is far more heinous than alcoholism could possibly be.
Tonight, I will posting three new articles for SOLOists to sink their teeth into, and we will move on from this fiasco. To those who found this article and its publishing distasteful, I apologize and share your disgust. But I believe its public posting is a bitter tonic that will ensure the longer-term health of SOLO.
(Edited by Andrew Bissell on 7/31, 10:30pm)