I believe that power is best achieved at the local level, thus I oppose globalism and centralisation of power, instead, I support localism and the decentralisation of power. I support Brexit, Scottish independence, the Basque and Catalonia independence movements, as well as those who support devolution in Wessex, Cornwall, Yorkshire, Scotland and Wales in the UK. I am opposed to globalist entities such as UN, NATO, IMF and the EU. As a historian, I am aware and support the ideal of small nations and city states, which was once the common reality of Europe such as the former city states of Venice and Athens.
In nature, ant and bee colonies work perfectly well in a system lacking centralised command and control. Systems work best in nature when they exist in a state of partial chaos and order, which complexity theory calls the edge of chaos. When the power in a system is controlled and maintained at the centre, it creates too much order that interferes with the healthy ability of systems to stay in the edge of chaos, since there needs to be an element of disorder to create motion, change and evolution in systems.
In the Left Hand Path, one of the reasons that the Satanic Temple has expanded so quickly and had an impact in many parts of the USA and the world was because of its chapter system, which allowed members to quickly organise campaigns at the local level, plan and then execute them. For reasons that I totally understand, the Satanic Temple leadership still desired to have tight control through regulations of all its global chapters from its headquarters in Salem USA, where members of chapters had to first seek permission from the leadership before they could execute their campaigns.
With the Satanic Temple expanding rapidly on a global scale in its number of members and chapters, all with their own unique cultural and local needs, the leadership has become overwhelmed by competing demands, where there is differences of opinion over decision-making and frustration at the challenges faced of executing campaigns at the local level because of the burden faced from having to go through the centre for permission and abiding by its regulations.
I totally understand the motives of why the Satanic Temple leadership desires control from the centre, because Satanic Temple has built up a successful global brand, which would be vulnerable for instance: if a chapter decided it was going to worship Satan; or a school club it was running allowed a paedophile to abuse kids because of poor child protection policies; or, as in one case, a spokesperson called for the assassination of President Trump.
Because of this command-control from the centre, Satanic Temple has avoided scandals and has suffered no damage to its brand. However, some chapters of the Satanic Temple have split from the Satanic Temple, including some in Europe and the one in Los Angeles USA.
In my humble opinion, the recent problems with the chapters in the Satanic Temple could be addressed by a middle-way strategy, the decentralisation of power to the local level, so that chapters could plan and execute their campaigns without the need for permission from the centre. However, the brand should have been legally protected as intellectual property on a global scale with trade marks, and the business model based upon a contract that if a local chapter wanted to be recognised as part of the official brand, and local officers as representatives of the brand, that they had to abide by the contract as like a franchise, or be no longer recognised, nor could they use the brand in their activities, such as the name “Satanic Temple.” The TED and TEDx brand has a model that could be emulated.
Had there been an understanding that campaigns were clearly identified as local chapter campaigns, such as the legal case against Twitter over how they treated Satanic Temple and its leading representative Lucien Greaves, this being a local Salem campaign, then in a decentralised structure local chapters and members could decide if they wanted to support the campaigns of another local chapter without the disharmony which is currently happening of whole chapters splitting away.
Personally, I am not a member of any chapter of Satanic Temple, nor do I speak for or against Satanic Temple. I am an associate of the Grey Faction, a specialised alliance of those who challenge Satanic Ritual Abuse fictions. I decided not to affiliate with London Chapter of Satanic Temple for the reason that I did not want to become involved in the politics that arise in groups, nor to suffer the restrictions on my blogging and activities that official membership of a chapter would cause me.
In conclusion, I speak from a point of view as a historian and from a scientific understanding of complexity theory, that what is happening in Satanic Temple is avoidable and is an error that I have seen countless times in history. Satanic Temple has suffered chapters breaking away in the past, and it will continue to grow and evolve. I think the Satanic Temple brand needs to be legally protected, and that the decision-making processes could be reviewed and changed to avoid more disharmony in this growing movement.