From "Why A.A. Is Anonymous"

In our Twelve Traditions we have set our faces against nearly every trend in the outside world.  We have denied ourselves personal government, professionalism, and the right to say who our members shall be.  We have abandoned do-goodism, reform, and paternalism.  We refuse outside charitable money and have decided to pay our own way.  We will cooperate with practically everybody, yet we decline to marry our Society to anyone.  We abstain from public controversy and will not quarrel among ourselves about those things that so rip society asunder: religion, politics, and reform.  We have but one purpose, to carry the A.A. message to the sick alcoholic who wants it.

©1957, Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age, page 288