I love the elegance of “A POEE cabal is exactly what you think it is.” There is no purpose or definition assigned. A cabal doesn’t have to be a group of mystics, or secret agents a la Illuminatus. If you and your friends get together to play board games every week, and you have fun doing it, you could call it a cabal.
Malaclypse takes special care to divorce himself of any real authority. He encourages people to come up with alternate interpretations of Eris’ word. He gives out ordination certificates, but they’re basically meaningless. He seems to enjoy wearing the leader costume, but is careful to hold that role at arm’s length.
From what I’ve read, Greg Hill (the guy who plays Malaclypse in this book) had a love/hate relationship with Discordia. When he wrote the Principia, he said he was possessed by the spirit of Malaclypse. This character helped him articulate the things he had been thinking about as he grew up in the suburbs of California in the 1950s and 60s. Many years later, when the work was done, Malaclypse left him. (note the concordance with Aliester Crowley’s Aiwass, the entity which Crowley claims wrote The Book Of The Law).
In anecdotes about Greg Hill, he sounds totally annoyed with the Discordian Society. Rev. Loveshade approached him in the 80s (?) and the man sounded like he was done with it. He didn’t want to be the guru anymore. Robert Anton Wilson’s alter ego, Hagbard Celine, voices the same thing when he steps down as head of the Lief Erikson cabal in the Illuminatus! trilogy.
Hagbard lowered his eyes for a second and gave a Sicilian shrug. “O oi che siete in picdoletta barca,” he said softly, and bowed. “I’m still in charge of nautical and technical matters,” he announced, “but Miss Portinari now succeeds me as episkopos of the Leif Erikson cabal. Anyone with lingering spiritual or psychological problems, take them to her.” He lunged across the room, hugged the girl, laughed with her happily for a moment and placed his golden apple ring on her finger. “Now I don’t have to meditate every day,” he shouted joyously, “and I’ll have more time for some thinking.” -The Illuminatus! Trilogy
I love the phrase “World Council of Churches Boutique” It sounds like a store offers samples of various world religions.