I have reservations about such a policy. With due respect for Mr. Ball himself, I do not feel it is good rhetorical discipline to register such a collective point-of-view in earshot of the general public. Therefore I, as a solitary voice, wish to register something different.
You see, being a member of the SPLC 12 gives me a "bully pulpit". And that gives me a chance to lay down some nuance which is lacking in the propaganda of our enemies.
Very well. I consider Thomas James Ball to be a sign of the times, and one that we had best take seriously. No, I will not boost Mr. Ball upon my shoulders and carry him down the street in a post-mortem torchlight parade, as some appear to be doing. However, I WILL honor his memory and I will NOT trivialize his suffering. Have I made my position clear enough?
Let me be even more clear: As an SPLC 12 member, I do not endorse Mr. Ball's call for violent revolutionary action. I believe that the revolution which Mr. Ball envisioned can be brought about by more refined methods. Yet, as a reality-based thinker, I consider it my bounden duty to warn the world that Thomas James Ball was only the beginning. Yes, we can undoubtedly look forward to creative action of the kind Mr. Ball undertook, and of the kind that he recommended. This will simply happen, like a force of nature. I merely predict this, but I prescribe nothing. The objective condition of the world cannot, realistically, give rise to anything other than violent upheaval and human dysfunction in all corners of the social fabric. There is a limit to how far you can push people before they start pushing back. And quite frankly, the SPLC 12 has no power to stop this.
So, how can we avoid the worst? How might we prevent the occurrence of more Thomas Balls, and all manner of future untidyness?
It is very simple. We must begin to take seriously the underlying social conditions which give rise to such people and such manifestations. And then, we must work intelligently to rectify those conditions.
Pursuant to that end, new voices must be heard. And I don't mean feminist voices.
A statement of mine, from almost a year ago, will provide further clarification in the present subject area.