Another deviance from the original vision, which has been receiving almost sensational notoriety is the estrangement and alienation between members that TSOB experienced almost from the beginning, but certainly pronounced during and after the Primavera days.
But the intent here is not to try to adjudicate blame for the unresolved issues of responsibility, guilt and need for restitution, on the part of TSOB as well as the ax-members, but to argue that this state of affairs was not envisioned by the Arnolds, and thus support my contention that TSOB did not largely succeed in carrying out its vision, contrary to Oved's contention.
I submit that TSOB has undergone, as almost any other movement, the "displacement of goals" when "an instrumental value becomes a terminal one.
Another difficulty with Oved's characterization of TSOB is the tendency to interpret the dysfunctions in TSOB history as not being of great significance in the realization of its goals.
But the greatest dysfunction, a problem which Oved documents extensively, but tends to downplay in his interpretation of the nature of TSOB, is the way power is acquired and used.
The transition of power from Heine Arnold to his son Johann Christoph (Heine decried democratic selection of leaders) (257) is an example of a crucial turning point in the issue that plagued TSOB from the beginning--the conflict between inherited power versus democratically elected power.
18) We deserve more analysis from Oved about how this drama contributed to the radical change in the life of TSOB from a charismatic community to a bureaucratic one.
Apparently TSOB assumed that power could be democratically (charismatically) allocated yet operate in an authoritarian form.
TSOB developed a hierarchical authority structure which included the Servant of the Word (elder); servants of the word (preachers); stewards-witness brothers, and four other lower levels (Zablocki, 202).
Oved believes that TSOB has achieved its goals "harmoniously.
Yet Yaacov Oved has done a great service in providing a well ordered mass of materials on the history and development of TSOB which provides some basic knowledge and tantalizing intimations from one perspective.
The acronym used by the readers of KIT (Keep in Touch) is SOB, which immediately identifies the emotional tone of the references to TSOB by ex-Bruderhofers.