Actually, politics did not "decimate" this board. That was a group of folks who got riled up about a difference of opinion about KISS ME DEADLY which escalated out of control and decided to start their own board.
That board was ultimately abandoned, and even though we limp along, we are still here, for better and/or worse.
Only later on did we have a series of flareups regarding politics, and as you may recall you were actually part of the event that caused several folks to abandon us. FWIW I think those people overreacted badly, but it seems to be symptomatic of something going on in the country that I sincerely hope we will manage to survive.
I have already explained the rationale behind showing these films. The fact that they are well-known to most of the posters here is due to the level of knowledge that those who are still here possess--they've been aficionados, devotees, analysts, etc. for quite some time. But my point is that the new blood of noir fans being created by TCM's increased focus on those films need to see them in theaters, where they will have more concentrated impact. We've shown a number of these films since the tragedy of November 8, 2016 (CROSSFIRE, OPEN SECRET, FORCE OF EVIL, THE LAWLESS, M, WE WERE STRANGERS) but we cannot reach the same number of people as Eddie Muller can.
I'm glad to see that the Eddie Muller of 2018 is beginning to look more like the Eddie Muller of 2005 when it comes to being willing to show these films. While I certainly have criticized him for being so slow to return to his original orientation WRT these films, I have here praised his decision to bring those two films to the Brattle Theatre.
If you had access to the introduction to NC SF#16 that appeared in the festival program this past January, you would know that Eddie was struggling with the idea of calling things out in terms that were more overtly political in nature. I chronicled how that evolution has occurred since commentaries about the Trump situation developed and the initial suggestions were made for screenings of "social outcry" noir at NC SF #15 in the original post in this thread. I think it's clear that my remarks, while clearly not appreciated by him, did eventually have some effect--though I think the escalating chaos and calamity that we're seeing in Washington DC is certainly more urgent and pivotal in Eddie's decision to screen these films.
I commend him for doing so. And I hope he will continue to do so.