Extract from page 24 of AA Pamphlet ‘AA Tradition – How it Developed’.
‘To begin with it seems most certain that we need never be overwhelmed by your clubs, local offices or by the General Office at New York City. These are places of service; they cannot really control or govern AA. If any of them were to become inefficient or overbearing the remedy is simple enough. The average AA would stop his financial support until conditions were changed. As our AA membership does not depend on fees or dues, we can always “take our special facilities or leave them alone.” These services must always serve us well or go out of business. Because no one is compelled to support them, they can never dictate, nor can they stray from the main body of AA tradition for very long.’