June 2011: Tradition Six
This story was originally published in the October 1952 issue of AA Grapevine magazine and later appeared as part of Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions.
The sixth of a new series of articles explaining the Twelve Traditions ...
"We saw we'd soon be mired in politics."
The moment we saw that we had an answer for alcoholism, it was reasonable for us to feel we might have an answer for a lot of other things. The AA groups, many thought, could go into business, might finance any enterprise whatever in the total field of alcoholism. In fact, we felt duty-bound to throw the whole weight of the AA name behind any meritorious cause.
Here are some of the things we dreamed. Hospitals didn’t like alcoholics, so we thought we’d build a hospital chain of our own. People needed to be told what alcoholism was, so we’d educate the public, even re-write...
-- Bill W.