Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) is a fellowship for persons recovering from alcoholism that was formed in the 1935. Since that time, many 12-step groups have been formed that adapt the steps and traditions of A.A. for other addictions. Millions of people have been touched by these grassroots movements.

In Slaves Anonymous, we can see ourselves as having been trained to be addicted to being slaves.

Is Slaves Anonymous participation appropriate for members of A.A.?

Although none of the Slaves Anonymous founders belong to A.A, we welcome A.A. members who practice its principles of honesty, open-mindedness and willingness. If you are an A.A. member and have participated in Slaves Anonymous, please consider answering this question.

Similarities between A.A. and Slaves Anonymous

Both A.A. and Slaves Anonymous help individuals become more responsible and repair physical, emotional, and spiritual damage. Both programs encourage self-ownership at the individual level. A.A. encourages self-ownership at the group meeting level to some extent; Slaves Anonymous places the striving for self-ownership at all levels of the organization.

Differences between A.A. and Slaves Anonymous

Because the early days of A.A. were strongly influenced by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., A.A. practices and formal traditions were designed to encourage A.A. members to become more compliant slaves without significant impact upon their local communities. But because full self-ownership cannot exist in isolation of the political-economic-sociocultural matrix, we have rewritten the steps and traditions to provide guidance on how to be more effective in creating the conditions that can lead to emancipation in our local communities.

The main changes to the traditions are summarized below.

  • Tradition 1 of A.A. is antithetical to Slaves Anonymous; we place the welfare of individuals above the value of group welfare.
  • Tradition 3 of A.A. states that A.A. exists to help alcoholics; Slaves Anonymous exists to respond to the political-economic-sociocultural forces that had been enslaving us.
  • Tradition 5 of A.A. is too weak for Slaves Anonymous; our group priority is not to “carry its message” to other slaves, but to act in ways that will help emancipate other slaves who are still suffering.
  • Tradition 7 of A.A. on financial self-support may have helped prevent A.A. from radically changing society into a less addicted one. In the rare event that funds are offered to Slaves Anonymous from non-members, we will seriously consider accepting such gifts and entanglements.
  • Tradition 10 of A.A. cautions against controversy; however, Slaves Anonymous, at its core, is “controversial” because we are opposed to the present political-economic-sociocultural system that had been designed to enslave people or worse.
  • Tradition 11 of A.A. cautions against sensational public contact because that can lead to an appearance of arrogance or conceit. In contrast, Slaves Anonymous knows that mass media creates propaganda for the benefit of the slave masters and will either ignore us or portray us as evil.
  • And Tradition 12 of A.A. uses the “spiritual principle” of the “principle of anonymity” to encourage passivity; Slaves Anonymous believe that anonymity gives us the spiritual courage to speak our truths and act in sovereignty.

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