NA is too young, too individualistic, and too egotistical to rise to power. And there is an ethnicity factor in NA. Somehow, NA accommodates itself to white people, but not to blacks in general. I find this perplexing and frustrating.
I also have to wonder if the race to oblivion of the '60s and '70s from the politics of the day and the flight to personal salvation and lifelong "nonpolitical" recovery of the '80s, '90s, and '00s is no gat-damn accident: We's been bamboozled.
Here in south Florida the sheer number of cross-addicted members of AA has overwhelmed the old hard core. One old-timer admitted that his real problem was fear and ignorance, and he now supports open discussion.
A dear friend of mine was told 50 years ago when he came to AA that AA would probably last only a few more years.
As a speaker from California said, "Don't worryin 20 years there will not be anyone in AA who is not cross-addicted."