Fred Little wrote:
Your closing line makes me recall something Terry Dobson said during the last series of classes he taught at Bond Street Dojo.
"I will submit to you that every individual who entered into aikido practice, or the practice of any martial art, did so because of fear."
In principle, I concur with your judgement, but as a matter of simple observation, I must ask why we should expect that aikido politics and the personality structures of aikido leaders would be any less driven by fear than actual politics and the personality structures of actual leaders with genuine authority to exert martial force?
Some train to conquer the subject of fear and some train to conquer the object of fear.
By their fruits you will know them.