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From: Angie Rayfield <>
Subject: RE: [BOARD-L] MNIGS
Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2003 11:35:41 -0500
>However, I think that if an action is wrong, it is wrong, no
>State it occurs in, or the size of the State. My right to
>swing my fist
>ends where your nose begins. That is true regardless of what
>standing in. So, I don't think that size matters when it comes to what
>someone would do to be declared mnigs, although it would effect how to
>handle a decision as to "should it be sustained."
I may not have expressed it as well as I could have -- you're right,
wrong is wrong, whether it's a big group or a large group. But because
the size of the group has an affect on the way the group communicates
and works together, I'm not sure it would be possible to set a set of
rules at the national level and make it apply perfectly across the
For instance, we could say that a persistent use of 'fighting words' is
something that should be disciplined. But a state with a half-dozen CCs
who have worked together for a long time may have a higher tolerance for
some argument and disagreement, because they've had more of a chance to
know and understand each other. But a state with 80 CCs might
reasonably draw the line sooner, because with so many more people, they
may not know each other as well, and there's more that someone's
statements are going to upset people. We probably wouldn't be able to
define 'fighting words' with any specificity.
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