All Scientologists wonder why Scientology isn’t as successful as they think it should be. The Ideal Orgs are not filling up with new people and the church is taking a beating in the media and in the court rooms almost every day. You can write this off to the psychiatrists or grand governmental conspiracies against Scientology, but that doesn’t really open the door to any handling or make these problems go away.
Working in a Scientology organization can be a maddening experience but it’s not immediately obvious to most people why this is.
Everyone in the organization believes it should make sense and should work because it was designed by L. Ron Hubbard, and as far as they are concerned, he is infallible. But the proof that it doesn’t work is right before your eyes with empty buildings and a shrinking membership.
You’re going to see here how the structure Hubbard designed actually violates his own rules for how life operates, yet somehow he thought it would work anyway.
But there’s more to the story than this. A lot more. Because while most Scientologists believe that Hubbard’s system is how things are run, there are all sorts of things that don’t make any sense even after you understand the management system.
And the reason for that is the entire structure was actually subverted almost from its very inception in the early 1980s. I’m going to show you exactly how this happened.
By the end of this video, you will understand more about how the Church of Scientology operates than most people who are in it. If you are a member of Scientology right now, or were a member in the past, I think this is going to explain a lot about why you might have found your experience with the church has been so….unsatisfying.
We’ve got a lot to cover, so let’s get right to it. We’ll start at the bottom and work our way up.
Class V Organizations
A Class V organization – called an “org” for short – delivers beginning and intermediate Scientology services. They are called Class V orgs because the highest level of training they provide is called Class V on the Scientology Bridge to Total Freedom. An org is also supposed to be able to take its parishioners all the way up to the state of Clear, but most of them lack the trained personnel to do this. Orgs are usually located in major or capital cities.
Sea Org Organizations
Above Class V orgs, there are Sea Org orgs, meaning larger service organizations that are staffed only by Sea Organization members and which deliver higher level Scientology services such as the confidential OT Levels. These are located on Sea Org bases around the world.
The Sea Organization
Let’s take a moment and talk about the Sea Organization. What is it?
The Sea Organization was formed in 1967 and is a group of Scientologists who are bound together around the common purpose to forward, uphold and carry out Command Intention, meaning that they swear an oath to follow the orders of whoever is in charge of the Church of Scientology. Originally, that leader was L. Ron Hubbard. When he died in 1986, David Miscavige publicly took over running all Scientology operations and has been the leading officer of the Sea Org ever since.
Anything Miscavige orders is considered Command Intention.
Hubbard told Scientologists that Sea Org members are the “aristocracy of Scientology”. They are run with military-style discipline and traditions, such as wearing uniforms, holding naval ranks like Petty Officers and Officers, and calling seniors “Sir”.
On the subject of rank, there is an important point I want to tell you about. In the Sea Org there are brevet ranks, meaning ranks that you get temporarily because of a job or position that you hold. For example, someone could be a Commander temporarily because they are holding a senior executive position at the highest levels of the Church, even though the rank they have earned as a Sea Org member could be quite lower. The highest rank in the Sea Org is Captain. According to documents the Church filed with the IRS in 1992, Captain David Miscavige is the only Captain in the Sea Org who isn’t temporarily holding that rank. In other words, he is the highest ranking officer in the Sea Org and has been for decades.
Only Sea Org members may hold management positions in the Church’s heirarchy and only Sea Org members are given the rights to deliver the confidential upper level services. Sea Organization members also hold positions of authority in every lower echelon Scientology organization. They keep an eye on things and act as representatives of senior management authority.
Sea Org members move between different posts and different organizations at the whim of Sea Org executives meeting whatever personnel demands are the order of the day. A Sea Org member can be a senior Scientology executive at the highest levels one day and re-posted as a janitor in a lower organization the next day. There is very little stability in the life of a Sea Org member.
In fact, no matter what their rank or position or standing, Sea Org members can be removed from their positions at any time and sent to the Rehabilitation Project force if it is deemed that they have somehow betrayed the Sea Org or not followed Command Intention. The RPF is the Sea Org’s prison system, meaning that those on the RPF are quarantined away from everyone else, engage in hard physical labor for most of their day, have absolutely no time off, vacations or holidays and are forbidden from calling or otherwise directly contacting their family or friends. In fact, people on the RPF can’t even speak to anyone not on the RPF unless they are spoken to first. The RPF is supposed to result in a rehabilitated and loyal Sea Org member who is ready to get back to following Command Intention without any hesitation.
What’s so interesting about the Sea Org is that it has no legal existence, is not a corporation or even a membership trust like the IAS. Yet it IS the group that unquestionably runs Scientology internationally.
Now let’s get back to Scientology’s management structure.
For administrative purposes, Scientology divided the world into nine arbitrary “continents”. They are Canada, Western United States, Eastern United States, Latin America, United Kingdom, Europe, Italy, Africa and Australia/New Zealand. There is a satellite office for Russia which is under the domain of Europe, while Eastern Asia falls under Australia. Each of these continental areas has a Continental Liaison Office or CLO which manages all of the Scientology activities in its area.
International Liaison Office and Int Base
In Hollywood, California is the International Liaison Office or ILO, which runs all of the CLOs. ILO is run by Int Management, which is in Hemet, California. This location is kept secret from Scientologists but it’s a well-known fact on the internet.
ED Int and Int Management Executive Committee
Let’s look at this on a management chart. At the secret Int Management Base, you have the Executive Director International and his staff, collectively known as the International Management Executive Committee. This is the highest managing body in the Church of Scientology. ED Int and his staff develop international strategies to expand all parts of Scientology.
For example, one of ED Int’s staff is responsible for all audio-visual aspects of Scientology like the films and videos that are used in orgs. This person might work out a strategy to get all the films popularized so more people want to see them. He would write programs for orgs to popularize the films.
But he doesn’t directly tell the orgs to do those programs. Instead, he sends the program to ILO and it would send the program down to the CLOs and on down to the orgs. There are people in ILO and CLO who would then follow through step-by-step on that program and get the orgs to get each step of the program done. And this is how Scientology management is supposed to work at its most basic level.
This is about as far as any public Scientologist understands the management structure. It seems like it makes sense and should be easy to run.
Most Scientologists probably think that David Miscavige is the Chairman of the Board of this international management council and that’s where he sits in the big picture.
But, no…that’s not how it works.
Let’s take a look at another body that fits on top of this whole thing called the Watchdog Committee. Now why have a committee of watchdogs over this management structure?
After the Guardian’s Office was caught in the mid-1970s for infiltrating the US Government, something had to be done to make sure that no one was going to get carried away with violating the law so flagrantly. I’m not saying that the GO operated independently of Hubbard’s wishes or that he didn’t know what they were up to. I’m saying that they got caught and from Scientology’s point of view, that was totally not okay.
So in order to keep that from happening again, Hubbard came up with the idea of the Watchdog Committee. They would oversee all the various sectors of Scientology – the locals orgs, the missions, the upper level Sea Org organizatons like Flag and the Freewinds, and even internal bodies like Golden Era Productions and the Office of Special Affairs.
There would be an individual person in the Watchdog Committee for each of these sectors and then an overall chairman for the Committee known as the WDC Chairman. Their job is not to personally run their sectors. They aren’t “management” per se. They are supposed to be making sure that management actually manages.
And just to be crystal clear, the WDC Chairman is NOT David Miscavige. He has no position with WDC and never has.
In order to do their jobs, WDC members need to get information, issue orders and get compliance. How do they do that? WDC was given a police organization called the Commodore’s Messenger Org or CMO.
Commodore’s Messenger Org (CMO)
What is the CMO? Well, when Hubbard was running things on ships back in the 60s and 70s, he had children and teen-agers working for him as message carriers and basically servants.
They would run around the ship being his eyes and ears. When Hubbard went on land in the mid-to-late 70s, he retained Messengers as their own little sub-organization. Some of them carried on as his personal servants while others were put in higher positions of trust.
When Scientology management was re-organized in the late 70s and the Watchdog Committee was created, it was only natural that these Messengers would then continue to ensure that Hubbard’s directions and orders were followed by being placed under the Watchdog Committee as its eyes and ears. In fact, the WDC Chairman is the Commanding Officer of the CMO.
You see, from the late 70s up until Hubbard died in 1986, he wasn’t supposed to be managing Scientology directly. To avoid criminal prosecution for the whole Guardian’s Office fiasco as well as tax evasion and other legal situations, Hubbard supposedly had removed himself off management lines entirely. So the CMO was the group that took over handling all of Scientology management. Of course, Hubbard was still giving orders but these were called “advices”. If you’ve ever heard of LRH Advices and wondered why they were called that, it’s because they couldn’t legally be called “orders” even though that’s exactly what they were.
So here you have WDC and CMO overseeing Int Managementand all the other levels down to the orgs. And this is where we start getting to the crux of the problem I was talking about earlier when I said that the structure of this whole thing actually violates basic Scientology principles. Let me explain.
Conditions of Existence
In Scientology, there are conditions of existence. Simply put, conditions are the operating state that any individual, group, body or nation is in at any time. There is a table of conditions in Scientology going from Power at the top down through Affluence, Normal, Emergency, Danger and Non-Existence at the bottom. There are conditions below Non-Existence but we won’t go into those right now. It should be obvious in looking at this chart that one would strive to maintain at least Normal and would want to be in Affluence or Power most of the time. One would certainly not want to be stuck in Danger, because that’s just one step up from Non-Existence. And Non-Existence means exactly what it says – you don’t exist.
So a fundamental law about these conditions, according to L. Ron Hubbard, is that if you are on a command line and you are bypassed by someone for any reason, you are immediately in a condition of Danger. For example, let’s say you are the head of a division. One day your boss comes in and directly orders one of your juniors to do something. Your boss has bypassed you – meaning he ignored you and skipped the chain of command.
This puts you in a bad spot because what if you didn’t even know that happened? Here you are trying to get Project X done and now you find one of your juniors is hard at work on Project Y because your boss told them to do that. Well that is why Hubbard called it a Danger condition. Just by the fact that a senior person to you issued orders to one of your juniors and then your junior acted on those orders – that alone puts you in the condition of Danger.
So let’s get back to our command chart and look at how WDC and CMO are supposed to do their jobs.
How WDC Works
Golden Era Production makes films. So let’s say WDC Gold is wondering why the Films Unit at Gold is not getting out enough new films on schedule. He sends a Messenger in to investigate. The Messenger does so and they determine that it’s because the Films Unit is undermanned and so it’s just physically impossible for them to meet their production quotas no matter how many hours of sleep they lose or how many threats are made.
WDC Gold then writes a program, meaning he issues a series of orders that are to get done which should result in more personnel in the Films Unit. The execs get the program and decide to send out some recruiters to get more people for the Films Unit. Now, that’s not the end of the story, it’s just the beginning.
WDC Gold wants to make sure that those personnel are gotten. So he will have Messengers continue to go to staff in Gold and direct them on the program that he wrote and make sure they get it done. The Messengers are not going to follow the command channels inside Gold. They don’t care about any of that. Their job is to get that program done.
Messengers have the authority to go to anyone in the organization at any time and tell them what to do. If anyone were to disobey a Messenger’s directions, they would be in serious trouble. So here you have an immediate danger condition on every single person that the Messengers are bypassing when they issue orders to people like the Personnel Director or the Finance Secretary or the Staff Training Officer.
Now at any one time, there could be any number of WDC programs being run into Gold. This also applies to every other echelon of management.
At each level, there is a CMO Unit physically adjacent to each management body. For example, there is CMO Clearwater at the Flag Land Base in Florida. There is a CMO unit at Saint Hill in England. There is another in Los Angeles.
And Messengers from every one of these CMO Units are physically running around in those management units every single day issuing tons of orders and directions on a total bypass of the standard command lines, putting every single manager up and down the line in a permanent danger condition.
In the Clas V and SO service orgs, there isn’t a CMO unit. But that doesn’t mean that the service org staff aren’t subjected to this same kind of insanity. They have what are called networks.
These are independent command personnel in the orgs who issue orders to anyone in the org they want to, similar to how the Messengers operate. There are supposed to be five or six network staff in each org. Most of them are Sea Org members, such as the Flag Representative or the Flag Banking Officer. Each network has its own special zone of operation, but the net effect is the same: constant bypass of the org’s command lines.
Supposedly all of this bypass is handled with the use of what LRH termed “coordination committees”. These are another bureaucratic band-aid that are supposed to coordinate the orders and activities coming in to an org at each level. I watched these committees go on for years and to just tell it to you straight, they don’t work.
Permanent Bypass is Built In
Now what I’ve just described to you is what Scientologists and Sea Org members believe is the totality of their management structure. If you read through all of L. Ron Hubbard’s policies and issues inside the Church of Scientology about its management system, this is what you come up with. So everyone inside the organization is trying to do their jobs according to this system I just described.
But the truth is that they can’t do their jobs because of all of the crazy bypass that goes on and the fact that everyone has at least four or five or more seniors who come in and give orders at any time of the day or night. They are frustrated beyond belief because they are living in a bureaucratic nightmare and they can’t make sense of it.
Pretty crazy, right? Well, it gets worse. Because as bad as this is, this entire system was completely subverted decades ago.
There is a hidden management system that has been added to this structure which is so obvious that everyone knows about it but no one in Scientology realizes what they are actually looking at.
Now we are finally getting to David Miscavige and the Religous Technology Center. Let’s look at where this fits in to the whole picture.
The Religious Technology Center
RTC is an organization that sits above and apart from the rest of Scientology. According to the RTC website, “Its purpose is to protect the public from misapplication of the technology and to see that the religious technologies of Dianetics and Scientology remain in proper hands and are properly ministered.” The way it is supposed to do this is through trademark enforcement.
“Mr. Hubbard personally oversaw the orthodox practice of Scientology. As an integral part of that endeavor, he also registered as legally protectable trademarks many of the religion’s identifying words and symbols, such as “Dianetics” and “Scientology.”
“It is RTC that grants Church of Scientology International (CSI), the mother church of the Scientology religion, the right to use the trademarks and to license their use to all other Scientology churches. Without CSI’s written authority and RTC’s ultimate approval, no entity can legally use the marks or call itself a Church of Scientology.”
However, RTC’s purpose has never said anything about managing or directing Scientology affairs nor is it supposed to have any power over individual Scientologists.
David Miscavige took control of RTC in March of 1987 and made himself the Chairman of the Board, a post he has held ever since. In 1994, Miscavige declared in a court of law that “RTC is not part of Church management, nor is it involved in the daily affairs of various Church of Scientology organizations or missions…In fact, a major reason for its formation was to have such a Church organization that performed these functions in a capacity entirely separate from the actual management of the various Churches and Missions of Scientology. Not only is RTC not involved in the management of the international hierarchy of Scientology churches, but its very existence and performance of its true functions depend on the fact that it is not part of Church management.”
I want you to keep that in mind as I show you what Miscavige and RTC have been up to for the last 30 years.
The History of Scientology Management
Let’s talk about some Scientology history. Odds are, any Scientologist still practicing Scientology these days does not know what I’m about to tell you, yet this information is key to understanding how the church operates.
There’s a lot to know about the period from the late 1970s to early 80s and I’m not going to pretend to cover every significant event or important detail. This was a time of tremendous change for Scientology and I can only give you a brief summary of what was going on.
From its inception in 1953 Up until the mid-1970s, L. Ron Hubbard directly managed the Church of Scientology. He set up a bureaucracy in the 1960s to take over this job called Worldwide Management Control Center. Yet by 1971, Hubbard disbanded Worldwide because he said they weren’t doing the job and he formed a new management system which operated from the Sea Organization’s flagship, called the Apollo. Since then, the Sea Organization has been directly managing all Scientology churches around the world.
Many different management structures and organizations existed throughout the 1970s, far too many variations to describe here. None of that is really important anyway. What is important is that by the 1970s, Hubbard was in a lot of legal trouble.
For example, the Church had lost its United States tax exempt status in 1967 because the IRS found that Hubbard had been personally profiting from Scientology. This was a real problem because now taxes were owed but Hubbard refused to pay them.
He was also in legal trouble in other countries, like France where in 1978 he was convicted for illegal business practices and sentenced to four years in jail. Of course, he never went to France for the case or to serve his sentence.
So he put together a program called Operation Snow White to try to get his name cleared legally and to try to clean up the files of the various governments so Scientology could operate in the clear. However, they didn’t do this legally or openly. Instead, they resorted to illegal means and that stirred up a lot of trouble.
The Church’s legal bureau, called the Guardian’s Office, infiltrated the US government in the mid-1970s and got caught. Eleven Scientologists ended up going to jail over this, including the person who ran the Guardian’s Office: Mary Sue Hubbrad, L. Ron Hubbard’s wife. This fiasco prompted a great deal of cover-up and reorganization to protect Hubbard and the Church from full scale decimation.
Earlier I said that because of all the legal trouble, Hubbard was not supposed to be seen managing Scientology directly. Well, by 1980, Hubbard in fact was in hiding, in a location known to literally only a couple of CMO Messengers who were physically with him and cared for his personal needs. These were Pat and Anne Broeker and “Sarge” Pfauth. No one else knew where Hubbard was located, nor would they until his death in 1986.
It was due to the fact that Hubbard was in hiding which enabled a young CMO Messenger named David Miscavige to establish his own power and authority.
You see, with all the fallout from the Guardian’s Office indictments, there were two top priorities for the Church: (1) get Hubbard’s name cleared legally so he could come out of hiding and start running things openly again; and (2) get Scientology’s corporate status sorted out so it would be legally defensible and so it could continue making money for Hubbard.
Two Sea Organization units were initiated to get these done: Mission Corporate Category Sort-Out began in February 1980. The All Clear Unit was established in 1981 to clear Hubbard’s name legally. Included in the All Clear Unit was the Special Unit (or Unit X) which took over all the old GO/legal functions including even bringing in some of the old Guardian’s Office staff.
David Miscavige ran both of these units. At this point in time, it was the CMO who was running everything while this whole structure I described earlier was being formed up and established. So while Miscavige was not yet at the top of the Church hierarchy or in command of all the organizations, his position in running these projects gave him almost full autonomy.
And there was something else Miscavige did which ensured his future success. He managed to get himself into the position where he was the filter point between L. Ron Hubbard and everyone else in Scientology. He was the one who made physical contact with Pat Broeker to deliver any communications to Hubbard’s secret location. And what that means is that anything going up to Hubbard or coming back down from Hubbard, first had to go through David Miscavige’s hands.
It was an easy matter for Miscavige to orchestrate getting rid of anyone who he felt threatened by or he wanted out of the way. He simply had to report to Hubbard that the individual he was targeting was out-ethics, not loyal to Hubbard, had come up with criminal activities or was working againt Scientology. Hubbard would respond by banishing that person or ordering them sent to the RPF or whatever. And so it quickly became clear that Miscavige was not someone to be triffled with.
The idea was to get Ron openly back on the lines. Until he was back, those in charge wanted to be as close to Ron as they could and “flow him power”. So when Author Services Inc (or ASI) was formed in 1982, David Miscavige took charge of it and made himself the Chairman of the Board of ASI. Chairman of the Board is a unique post because it doesn’t do anything and yet holds all the authority and power over the entire organization.
The reason ASI was important is that it was the literary agent of Hubbard. In other words, it was the organization that was in charge of collecting all the royalties owed to Hubbard for his writings and getting that money sent up to Hubbard. While Hubbard was alive, this organization was the power hub of Scientology.
Miscavige stayed COB ASI until 1987 and he continued to run the All Clear Unit from this position. In fact, he ran everything from this position, with the heads of RTC and the Church of Scientology International reporting directly to him almost daily. Hardly anyone in the Church knew that Miscavige had this much control over Church affairs.
As part of the corporate re-organization, RTC was formed up in 1982 along with ASI. As covered earlier, one of its roles was to safeguard the trademarks over Scientology. Vicki Aznaran was its President. She answered only to David Miscavige and, through him, to L. Ron Hubbard.
The first actions RTC took as an organization involved getting its name known, registering trademarks in other countries and starting legal action against people who had left the Church and were starting their own auditing groups. RTC was important, but ASI is where the real power was.
Now we fast forward to the next major turning point in this story in early 1986. Despite a lot of work, Hubbard’s name had not been cleared. But the command structure I laid out earlier in this video was now in place and Scientology had weathered the storm of the Guardian’s Office disaster. The International Association of Scientologists had been formed in 1984 and was aggressively collecting funds into its war chest. Dianetics was being marketed and was on its way to getting widespread name recognition across the US. Golden Era Productions studios had been built and was creating new promotional items and producing new technical films for Scientology. The Int Base was established and operating. Things were actually starting to look up. And then in January 1986, L. Ron Hubbard died.
What followed was a year-long power struggle between David Miscavige and Pat Broeker for ultimate control of Scientology. Because Broeker had been so close to LRH and because he supposedly had the rest of the OT Levels from OT VIII all the way up, Broeker was in a power position himself and was the only person Miscavige felt could challenge his authority. There’s all kinds of details of the intrigues that went on, but suffice it to say that when the dust settled, Miscavige was the one still standing. Pat Broeker and anyone loyal to him had either been kicked out of the Church entirely or were sent to the Rehabilitation Project Force and had to earn their way back through hard physical labor and by promising loyalty to Miscavige.
With Hubbard now dead, it became clear to Miscavige that the situation with ASI had changed. As Hubbard’s literary agent, ASI had been directly connected to Hubbard and his works and all the money that flowed to him. But with Hubbard now out of the picture, it was the Church of Scientology that was going to continue to produce income and have a base of followers to be led. Miscavige wanted to be on top of that.
So it was that in March, 1987, David Miscavige and his hand-picked crew marched in to the offices of RTC and kicked its President and Inspector General, Vicki Aznaran and the Deputy Inspector General, Jesse Prince, out of the picture. It was a classic coup. Miscavige assumed the position of Chairman of the Board RTC. Greg Wilhere was the new Inspector General, with three assistants: Marty Rathbun was the Inspector General for Ethics, Ray Mithoff was the Inspector General for Tech and Marc Yeager was the Inspector General for Admin. The Church of Scientology now had a new seat of power.
Since that day, many people have gone in and out of a lot of positions in management, but David Miscavige has been steady as the head of the Sea Org, running Scientology from his position as Chairman of the Board RTC.
Until 1993, Miscavige’s primary focus was tax exemption. It was imperative that the Church re-gain the tax exemption it had lost in 1967 for a number of reasons, not the least of which was that Hubbard had specified in his will that only a tax exempt organization could actually take possession of the Dianetics and Scientology trademarks. But that didn’t stop Miscavige from putting himself on the approval line for every key issue and program that management wrote before they could be released. For example, there was the release of OT VIII in 1988, all Scientology basic books in 1991 and the big release of KTL/LOC also in 1991. All of this and a lot more had to get Miscavige’s personal approval before any of it could be released.
While Miscavige held no management position, there was no question in anyone’s mind who was actually in charge. In fact, his first major public appearance in 1992 on Nightline with Ted Koppel confirmed this, as described here:
(Ted Koppel intro to 1993 interview with David Miscavige)
Once tax exemption was secured in 1993, Miscavige was truly an unstoppable force and he then started remaking Scientology into his own image. Behind the scenes, he began intruding more and more directly into the day-to-day affairs of the Church and its management, even issuing his own bulletins and corrective actions on org staff with Inspector General Network Bulletins.
In 1996, Miscavige began to re-position himself as the actual source of Scientology with the release of what he called the Golden Age of Tech. This was basically a total re-write of the entire subject of Scientology training. Like so many things that Miscavige has taken on, he managed to utterly ruin training, making it impossible for Scientology auditors to ever graduate. Thus began Scientology’s steep decline as a service-oriented organization, with more and more attention then going onto straight fundraising.
As part of this Golden Age of Tech, Miscavige gained micromanagement control of every Scientology continental zone. He did this by sending RTC Representatives to every Sea Org base and they usurped control of the local CMO units. He even announced he was doing this at the 1996 Golden Age of Tech event. There was nothing hidden about this takeover.
Since that time, Miscavige has slowly but relentlessly dismantled all of the international management structure I described to you earlier. He doesn’t just approve programs and issues for the orgs to do. Since 1998, Miscavige is the one who writes them.
It’s hard to believe, but Miscavige has personally removed almost every person of any significance at Int Management. There are no Watchdog Committee personnel, there is no Executive Director International or Int Management Executive Committee. All of these people are being ordered about at Miscavige’s whim to do whatever he tells them to do. He has no interest in re-establishing or maintaining a management structure, because any one who is allowed too much power or authority could become a threat to him. He simply won’t allow that to occur. And since he is the head of the Sea Organization, whatever he says is Command Intention, meaning all Sea Org members are required to obey him.
The structure of Scientology’s management is a recipe for disaster and that is exactly what they have on their hands.
Perhaps this might explain now why things seem so insane in the world of Scientology and why they can’t manage to expand any of their organizations no matter what orders they issue or how many people they yell and scream at.
In fact, it might just be that all that yelling and screaming is going on because these people are caught up in a bureaucratic nightmare that prevents anyone from getting anything constructive done.
The only thing holding this whole thing together is the belief of the parishioners in the system and the almost slavish amount of overwork that those who still work for the church are willing to do. Their faith in this system and Hubbard’s organizational genius is touching but it is completely misplaced.
In the future, you are going to hear David Miscavige tell you how all of Hubbard’s policies have been reviewed and how a bunch of suppressive persons twisted around Hubbard’s words and how Miscavige had to step in and save the day. He will tell you that NOW they have the most perfect organizational structure in the universe. The only reason he is going to say these things is so that the parishioners will continue to believe and will continue to give over their hard-earned money.
The good news is that given Scientology’s shrinking membership, it appears that more and more Scientologists are catching on to the fact that this group is not capable of delivering on its promises, and in fact is just ripping them off for all the money it can get before it collapses.
I cannot recommend enough that if you are a member of this group right now, that you just walk away. It’s not going to get any better. Believe me, it’s only going down from here. How much longer this can go on is anyone’s guess. It really depends on how much longer Miscavige can continue to fool the Scientologists and the courts. And it’s my hope that he won’t be getting away with this for much longer.
Thank you for watching.