I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept people like me as a member — Groucho Marx
Over the last day or so, on the Press Release Thread, we have seen perhaps the most sustained and extensive comment so far on the topic of what Isaac Brock Society is and who might speak as representative.
To start with, somewhere in the neighborhood of 350 different persons have posted to Isaac Brock Society by now. Not sorry to lose you probably does not want to count as a “member,” but so far represents an almost empty set. There are 29 persons currently listed as “authors.” Daily traffic runs in a usual range of 4000 to 5000 hits a day, sometimes taking a run up toward a 6000 ceiling. It could be speculated that for every active ongoing commenter there are 100 lurkers. Most days bring forth a handful of first-timers.
A group, unless it is constituted formally as something like a society or corporation, does not have members in any technical sense. If you’re there you’re there, and if you’re not you’re not. If you seem too obstreperous, you may get ostracized, like fearless Petros over at Expat Forum.
This is all loose, and that’s the way it has to be, unless a lot more people want to come out of the shadows. It is wrong for anyone to presume to speak for anyone else, much less for an assemblage that exists only in a functional sense. That leaves it up to to individuals to proclaim, as seems useful, their own voluntary association with Brocker discussions and to recommend Isaac Brock Society for exchange of information and perspectives.
The one mechanism I can imagine in present circumstances is to propose and to refine a statement through a process of comment and revision, and then to have individuals sign onto the particular statement, or not. Something like Thomas Jefferson drafting a Declaration of Independence and then getting some signatures? Except nobody here can likely claim to represent a constituency other than themselves.
If something is the truth, does it become more the truth because it is said by more than one person?