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Miscavige’s Potemkin Village

October 18, 2010
Potemkin

The phrase Potemkin village (or Potyomkin village) comes from a historical myth, now largely discredited. According to the story, Russian minister Grigory Potyomkin erected a bunch of false settlements in Crimea to fool Empress Catherine II during a state visit. The false fronts and hollow buildings were supposed to impress the monarch and her travel party with the “value” of these newly conquered territories.

Apparently, it never happened. Of course, we might say – how could anyone ever be fooled by such obvious chicanery?
Well, members of the Church of Scientology are taken in by similarly obvious fraud every day. In fact, there is an entire myth of “Scientology expansion” that has been built up out of nothing.

When I was running the Dianetics Campaign in the 1980s, it was suggested to me that we should “get Scientologists to go out and buy books in the bookstores and thereby increase the sales statistics and bestseller position.” I rejected the idea at the time as silly. Who were trying to fool? I was there to sell books to people who had never been in Scientology in order to interest them in Scientology. Sending Scientologists into public bookstores to buy books was off-purpose and useless from my point of view.

Here we have the essential difference between those who deal in appearances, and those who deal in reality. I was interested in the reality – selling actual books to actual new people, in order to accomplish a purpose. Those who suggested the idea were only interested in appearances. As long as it looked like we were selling books to new people, that was fine with them – we didn’t have to actually do it! And sure enough, when Battlefield Earth came out, Scientologists were sent into the stores in droves.

Over the years, I saw this obsession with appearances grow and grow. It used to be that actual statistics were shown at Int Events – you know, with a scale and numbers and an actual time frame? Then, as Scientology’s actual statistics began to plummet, the concentration went onto looking good. Prior to an event, it would usually be Marc Yager who was tasked with manipulating stat graphs so they looked like they were going up. He’d take some statistic that had been on a death slide for years, then find a recent four or six week period where there was a slight blip upwards. That blip would be re-scaled so it looked like the Matterhorn, then tricked out by Special Effects so it zoomed up and exploded out the top. All of these effects masked the fact that no actual figures or time frame was shown.

And remember how the shell of the SuperPower building went up during the Lisa McPherson trial to “prove” that Scientology was expanding in Clearwater? Then it sat as a hollow shell for years and years. Miscavige didn’t need an actual, functioning building delivering services – he needed a movie set!

And now, we see more and more and more of these movie-set orgs. Big, empty white elephants. And when it’s time to open one of these Idle Orgs, “staff” are suddenly transferred from all over the Continental area so that “hundreds” of staff are there for the opening. But don’t check back a month later – you’ll find most of them gone and the org empty. But Miscavige got what he wanted – the appearance of a big org opening. No real org was opened, only the appearance was there.

And stats? They don’t even show them any more. In 2005, Miscavige announced “Even the manner in which we gauge our expansion has utterly changed. In previous years it focused on our internal statistics. Today our expansion is measured by broad-scale impact out there, helping cities, states, and entire nations.” In other words, we won’t show you statistics any more. We’ll just give you broad, unprovable generalities, like “8,000 Orgs, missions and groups,” or “millions of Scientologists.”

And now we hear that last year, they bussed in a bunch of hired extras to fill out the seats at the IAS Event at Saint Hill. Yes, that’s right, we’re now down to hiring audiences.

Why? Why would someone be obsessed with appearances only and not care about the reality? Why would they be fixated on big buildings and not care that they were empty? Why would one obsess about looking good at an event and not care about actually expanding Scientology in reality?

Well, like the Potyomkin of myth, it’s because they want to fool someone.

But who is Miscavige trying to fool? The broad public? Well, maybe. If all your secret abuse is being exposed, it’s handy to be able to point to all that apparent “expansion.”

But Miscavige really doesn’t care about the broad public. Not really. He’s most interested in fooling Scientologists. Because that’s the source of his money and his power. If Scientologists were to realize the reality – small, failing orgs, tiny missions, plummeting statistics – they might stop giving him all that money.

But worse, what he really fears, they might just tell him to step down.

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63 Comments
  1. October 18, 2010 6:20 am

    Good article Jeff.

    You’ve concisely and precisely covered it.

  2. October 18, 2010 6:32 am

    jeff, once again, you hit it out of the ballpark lol.

    it’s quite sad actually. i heard about the dianetics books and getting scientologist’s to go to bookstores to buy them, my first thought was no, that’s not right, you need to sell them to non scientologists, that’s the whole point, at bridge, one of the pl’s, it takes 25 books to make 1 scientologist. if you’re not selling books to raw public, how will they ever reach, find out about it? otherwise you’re just recycling, selling the same thing over and over again to the same people. eventually, long term if you do that, you will contract instead of expand.

    i think miscavige doesn’t know what the hell he’s doing and i don’t know why nobody got rid of him lol. i know it’s in the past and we’ve all moved forward and all but, this is just bugging me lol.

    • Karen#1 permalink
      October 18, 2010 7:16 am

      Extremely good Essay Jeff.
      I think you nailed it as to why so many LIES and Deception in the Church.

      Its about APPEARANCES not the TRUTH

      This is why current Parishioners are SO FORBIDDEN to read the Internet.
      The truth of their darker side must not get revealed.

      Their main arguments:::

      ++++ The Church is a legitimate, and long-established, world-religion.

      ++++Malicious, worthless, criminal, ineffective former staff members that contributed nothing ~zilch ~for decades are only yapping on the Internet out of ILL WILL.

      +++++ The Church is the innocent victim of an unwarranted attack by religious bigots.

      (THE Official Church WILL NOT EVER acknowledge that it needs to mend its ways, that the RPF Gulag, that SP Hole and other Drachonian internal abuse has to stop.)

      There is a interesting Sea Org phrase ~ Jeff you know this well from our Flagship Apollo days called “Shore Story.” It is used to this day. What it means is made up lies is given to the “SHORE”. This is anyone outside the ship, or Sea Org. As long as it comes under the umbrella of “Shore Story” it is *NOT* considered DECEPTION but a mutually agreed spin or worse for those LESSER BEINGS that are not in the Sea Organization.

      A recent LIE would be the lies to Daniel Montalvo. The Bridge escapee to have him return to the Church whereupon he was locked in with lawyers with no Counsel and jailed for 30 hours.

      LIES and the Concept of Lies and Deception do not go along with a Church Image.
      Neither does EXTREME ABUSE, splitting up families, gouging and fleecing the public
      for money while corrupting the technology that did help some people in earlier times.

      ##########

      I have not seen any comment on this subject on the Web~~~~ but the Office of Special Affairs site is down. There is absolutely no site displaying Tommy Davis as spokesman. There is no OSA site currently on the Web .

      Hmmmmmmmmm…………..What happened to Tommy Davis?

      ????????????

      • October 18, 2010 6:59 pm

        to karen, yeah miscavige in his freedom mag, was dramatizing victim to all his church parishoners. he’s a psych case, no responsibility. i think that’s why it all backfired on him and paul hagis came out and resigned lol. after hearing all the lies etc. people can put 2 and 2 together and think for themselves and figure it out lol. in other words, we’ve been duped by miscavige and now it’s time to pay the piper.

      • lunamoth permalink
        October 18, 2010 9:11 pm

        karen

        My first thought when reading your post regarding Tommy being erased from the public eye? He’s blown. How about that as something to contemplate?

        lunamoth

      • Karen#1 permalink
        October 19, 2010 8:23 am

        Lunamoth

        I just can’t find an Office of Special Affairs site. I have tried Googling it and using the WAYBACK MACHINE, a very cool site that stores old sites.

        Typing in “Tommy Davis Spokesman Scientology” and variations of that do not produce any results. It could be that the OSA site is hidden. I recall the days when there were pages and pages of sites of Heber as President of the Church, Kurt Weiland as CO OSA INT and so on. All these sites have vanished.

        Instead a “Newsroom” is touted ~~Ready for this ?
        Scientology: Unparalleled Growth Since 2004
        Overall Expansion

        * Total assets and property holdings of the Church of Scientology internationally have doubled since 2004.
        * The combined size of Church premises increased from nearly 5.6 million square feet in 2004 to 11.5 million square feet in 2010.
        * The Church has acquired 70 buildings since 2004 in major population centers around the world.
        * The Church has completed over 600,000 square feet of renovations of new premises this year alone. In addition, currently under construction are over 700,000 square feet, including Churches in Johannesburg, Melbourne, Clearwater and Tel Aviv.

        That is the headline news.

        The public have been raped of their money for DM to tout the building square footage.

      • Sid permalink
        October 19, 2010 11:29 am

        I really hope Tommy Davis has blown permanently this time, for his own sanity. I think being the public face of the church has to be one of the worst jobs in the world.

        You have Miscavige on your back constantly, threatening you, goading you on, demanding the impossible, demanding more lies. No matter how hard Tommy tries, it will never be enough for his master.

        How he has lasted this long I do not know.

        Tommy if you’re reading this, you should know that if you ever needed it you would suddenly find yourself surrounded by more friends and love than you ever dreamed possible. We know you’ve been put in an impossible situation. You were a 2nd generation Scientologist and never stood a chance.

        You think you’ve been in a war, but the only thing you’ve been fighting is the truth. That is a war that no-one can win.

      • lunamoth permalink
        October 19, 2010 5:32 pm

        Karen,

        Remember in Orwell’s 1984 how the main character’s job was to cut from old photos, films and files any mention of those who had previously been glorified by the totalitarian state as heroes but who had since fallen into disfavor? If Tommy Davis’ name becomes difficult to find on any church sites my first thought is he in the bowels of the RPF’s RPF, or he’s GONE. I like the second explanation,myself,as it’s the only one that includes the possibility of redemption for him as a being.

        If the OSA site itself has been taken down, hmmmm, very interesting…

      • Aeolus permalink
        October 20, 2010 2:03 pm

        Karen #1, the ‘stats’ you found on that newsroom site are very telling. The Church of Scientology is no longer about spirituality. It’s about real estate.

  3. October 18, 2010 8:21 am

    Jeff,

    That graphic is classic!
    It deserves the widest possible dissemination.
    I will post it on my site as a link to this article.

    David St Lawrence

    • Just Me permalink
      October 18, 2010 5:07 pm

      Freakin’ amazing image, Jeff. That deserves to be a billboard near Big Blue in L.A.

      • lunamoth permalink
        October 19, 2010 7:18 pm

        What an inspired idea!

  4. Cool Observer permalink
    October 18, 2010 8:29 am

    Good article once again. This reminds me of the tricks used in the former East Germany. Whenever politicians from the West visited East Berlin, all the housefronts they would see on the way to the residence of Honecker (party leader and president of the GDR) were refurbished to look new and sparkling – hiding the general rot and decay. The difference was that nobody was fooled by this, neither the East Germans nor the Western visitors. East Germans did not obey the demand to NOT listen to West German radio, since it was nothing but lies tryng to undermine socialsim and pave the way for the evils of capitalism and imperialism (Ring any bells?)
    But will peaceful demonstrations bring down Miscavige like the East Germans did to force Honecker to resign? I doubt it. East Germans were living in a charade, and they knew it. The remaining Scientolgists believe that their little bubble is the reality, and when Miscavige will be gone, they will anxiously wait for someonoe else to tell them what to do. In a way they’re like animals who have been caged for too long and refuse to leave their confinement when the opportunity arises. That is total freedom.

    • lunamoth permalink
      October 18, 2010 9:23 pm

      First of all, Cool Observer, we might want to hold off on making any pronouncements about what those “inside” all think. They are not a homogenous mass, they are individuals with individual degrees of awareness of the outpoints and confront of evil. Everyone of us ex’s here were once counted as members of the church,even long after we started having our doubts and were open to finding out the truth.

      Secondly, I am not confortable with thinking of those still in as comparable to aninamls. They are people, like you and me and I suspect they are a heck of alot more like us than you just gave them credit for.

      It’s a very big trap, inside the church or out, to lose site of the fact that we are all essentially alike. When you start thinking a group of people as significantly different from you, it is almost always in a way that makes them less (and you more). Dangerous. And almost never true. The Nazi’s thought like this; white supremicists think like this. I’m very sure you’re neither, and please know I’m not
      equating you with either group, but that way of thinking leads in that direction. No matter how unaware those still inside the church are, they are still our friends and families.

      • Marta permalink
        October 19, 2010 12:35 am

        Very nicely said, Lunamoth, and I’m right there with you. One of the first things in the slippery slope to disrespect, mistreatment, abuse, and slavery is using dehumanizing language to describe others. It’s not necessarily easy to break old habits but using terms to describe people as if describing someone we know and love, before writing or speaking about others, can help a lot. Something like, “if my love/spouse/mother/self were in that circumstance, what words would I use to describe them or the situation?”. Or just picture that favorite person in that position and then describe them/it.

      • Grateful permalink
        October 19, 2010 1:37 am

        That is the trick used to spur soldiers to horrific acts of war, as well. Make the other guys somehow different, like animals. Then it’s OK to carpet bomb, atomic bomb, degrade, etc. , etc. Not saying that Cool Observer was doing this – just the thought I had in response to Lunamoth’s post.

      • Cool Observer permalink
        October 19, 2010 7:13 am

        lunamoth,

        it appears that people who have been in Scientology for some time think differently. I’m not criticising that (although it’s lamentable that some are easily offendend even if no offence or provocation was intended), it just leads to misunderstandings. Maybe it’s all the word clearings or obnosis drills, but it happens that something I say is taken out of context and I get criticised. I did NOT compare the remaining members to animals, it was a metaphor. If you you cage an animal for too long, the world outsiode is unknown and scary, so it will not kleave the cage. If you drill a person for too long that the wog world is scary, suppressive and full of SPs, and that they cannot survive there, peeple will choose what they perceive to be the lesser evil. IN A WAY they are like animals…right here on this blog I’ve read indies call the remaining members morons or even worse, that is something I’d never do. The funny thing is that I’ve made it clear repeatedly that I feel no contempt whatsoever for Scientologists, that I see them as great people whose willingness to help and make sacriices is ruthlessly exploited, but since I don’t chant Hubbard’s praises, I must have some hidden agenda, right?
        BTW: I’m not offended, just a little astonished.

        P.S. I know that many people don’t chant Hubbard’s praises without being critical as well (including yourself), it was just a little hyperbole to clarify my point.
        Peace.

      • Karen#1 permalink
        October 19, 2010 8:15 am

        Great points made Lunamoth.
        Excellent points
        I endured my roughest dark “Valley of the Shadow of Death” times in the Sea Organization hoping to find something redeeming to make me stay on, hoping that behind all the ABUSE, there was something that would so help people~~that the good would outweigh phases of what is called “HEAVY ETHICS.”

        I think a human being can only take THAT MUCH. There may be those at INT BASE that have reached the point of being able to only endure THAT MUCH. But they cannot leave. They are in lockdown.

        You can’t even count them as SO members not wanting to leave. They are imprisoned and cannot leave.

        After walking out, connecting with ex-SO and reading Staff WAR stories I realized how bad it was. It was worse than I thought.

        I left in 1990. There was no $500 goodbye cash. Nada, nothing.
        I got a FREELOADER Bill and like a fool, I paid it. That’s right, after living on rice and beans from time to time, earning $10 a week and making them a FORTUNE in revenues, auditing and CSing, I had to PAY them. And I was the obedient good girl. Imagine paying tens of thousands of dollars for courses only given to me for use within the Church.

        But the good news is, the Internet Exposure has shamed them. Freeloader Bills are all but gone. They just don’t dare. They also do not want exiting staff finding Internet Boards like this. The cancellation of FREELOADER bills is to protect themselves and not have ex-staff out there reach a state of further disaffection.

        No other religion charges such exorbitant amounts of money to staff who walk out the door..
        No other religions ABUSES their own with such vindictiveness, such maliciousness, it defies reality.

        The public needs to spend one week of their lives within the RPF gulag to fully grasp what I am saying

      • lunamoth permalink
        October 19, 2010 7:27 pm

        COOL OBSERVER

        Once again, you are doing it: “It appears that those who have been inside scientology…” Generality.

        If you find yourself “lamenting” a lot,maybe it’s you.

      • lunamoth permalink
        October 19, 2010 7:34 pm

        Karen#1

        This is why generalities, such as the ones made by Cool Observer, are so useless and offensive. You and I were involved in scientology for decades but had very different
        experiences. You were dedicated sea org member who gave her entire life to forward a humanitarian cause. I have been at some level of disaffection for most of my scientology years because I couldn’t stomach the para-military organization and some other factors that never sat well with my essentially “revolutionist” mindset.
        We have both left the group with different experiences, and have gone through major viewpoint changes after learning the same truth about it all. We both end up with differing viewpoints on the value of it all, though I still understand yours and respect it. We are very similar but definitely the same. Someone who cannot see that is not looking closely, or has made up their mind before looking.

      • lunamoth permalink
        October 19, 2010 7:37 pm

        correction: we are very similar but definitely NOT the same.

      • lunamoth permalink
        October 19, 2010 11:48 pm

        Cool Observer –

        One more point, and it’s about “chanting LRH’s praises.” PLease, do you think no one is going to call you on the arrogance of that remark? Someone who praises LRH cannot do so without the implication that he is brainwashed or unthinking? Have a little respect, and lacking that,
        just have a little tolerance for the viewpoints of others.

        And that brings me to the next point:

        What did I ever post that supports your assertion that I am one of those who “chant” Hubbard’s praises? I’ve said this to you befpre : you have no idea what I really think or believe. I am not a supporter of Hubbard’s, but I am a supporter of the rights of Hubbard’s supporters, and that includes their right to express themselves here without fear of ridicule or sneers from the rest of us.

        lunamoth

      • Cool Observer permalink
        October 20, 2010 7:13 am

        lunamoth,

        maybe you schold ask yourelf: If my posts are really arrogant and offenive, why aren’t they censored by Jeff?
        I simply explained why you were incorrect to imply that I compared the remaining members with animals, yet you chose to ignore the essential content of my reply and find something else to complain about. That is a strawman argument.
        And after being out for quite some time you should be above critcising someone for “using generalities”, that is a thought stopper. When I say “it appears that” , it means that the following statement is from my point of view, instead of making a broad statement that might offend others.
        One more thing: I don’t lament, I saud it’s lamentable that some are easily offendend even if there was no offence or provocation intended.
        Some of my early posts (possibly a majority) were indeed prvocative, and I’ve been very upfront about it, some posts were received by some as offensive, although I’ve always responded to explain my position and way of arguing, but this original post was neither. There was one misunderstanding that I thought I had cleared up, but you seem to be willing to pick a fight (there, I did it again). I did include a P.S. to take out the sting of “chanting Hubbard’s praises”, because I did realize that you might take issue with this “generality”. I wanted to end ths post once again using the word “peace”, but what’s the point?

      • Jeff permalink*
        October 20, 2010 5:42 pm

        Personally, I find this sort of online spat to be boring and a time-waster. Cool and Luna, can we put it to rest? I’ve let it run on, but sheesh…

      • Cool Observer permalink
        October 20, 2010 6:05 pm

        Jeff,

        you’re right as usual. To be honest, it already did occur to me after writing some very extensive posts recently, that I should tone it down a little, that I shoud stop dragging Hubbard into every post that I write. I haven’t changed my mind on LRH, but I do acknowledge that it has been unnecesarily confrontational.

        When I wrote the original post, I didn’t expect any responses at all, and I only replied to clear up a misunderstanding that might reflect poorly on me if I would’ve left it stand without clearing it up. And the rest is history…

    • October 19, 2010 2:59 am

      to lunamoth,

      i have to agree with cool observer on this one. jon mackinder, a scientologist, pomm ot8 his fsm, after my type 3 induced meltdown, he continued doing his pts/sp course that i paid for.

      and then he continued doing other services at cc int. all the while i got lied to and blown off by jamie welte, the ethics officer at cc int. i was told to wait 3 months, in september and that after december i could come back onlines. that never happened. instead dan stradford, the volunteer minister & ot8 that handled my cycle wrote me a letter after numerous 8-c on it. i was after all in mid my pts/sp course. the letter he wrote me, said, i could no longer go to cc int as they are a sea org org with higher quals and i have to go to a lower class org, and then he wished me all the best.

      jon mackinder is an animal, so psychiatry works for him. i have a soul, so scientology is my religion.

      • Cool Observer permalink
        October 19, 2010 7:17 am

        Kathy,
        If you read my response to lunamoth, then you’ll see that you misunderstood my post. But if we’re mistreated by someone else, we might perceive them as animals, you’re right about that.

      • Just Me permalink
        October 19, 2010 12:36 pm

        Kathy Gold said: “jon mackinder is an animal, so psychiatry works for him. i have a soul, so scientology is my religion.”

        Kathy, please re-read Lunamoth’s and others’ comments just above. And then imagine how what they said might apply to your thinking here.

        Just Me

      • October 19, 2010 4:59 pm

        just me, what do you mean that i should imagine how what they said might apply to your thinking here? please elaborate?

      • DLTaggart permalink
        October 19, 2010 5:27 pm

        “jon mackinder is an animal, so psychiatry works for him. i have a soul, so scientology is my religion.”

        Wow. Just, wow.

      • Just Me permalink
        October 20, 2010 1:14 am

        Kathy,

        Let me try to explain this way. You said, “jon mackinder is an animal, so psychiatry works for him. i have a soul, so scientology is my religion.”

        However, it’s clear (at least to me) that either we all are spiritual beings or none of us is. If he’s an ‘animal’, so are you. If you’re a spirtual being, so is he.

        I don’t imagine you believe he’s really an animal, so I assume you were insulting him because of your unpleasant experiences with him.

        However, when we start talking so hatefully about each other it can lead to hateful actions. In fact, there’s significant evidence throughout history that when a group of people start demonizing other groups of people and talking about them as though they were sub-classes or worth less or even “worthless” that the psychological distance we start to create can lead to our committing physical crimes against the (regarded) sub-class. There’s so much evidence for this kind of behavior I don’t even have to name specifics. In fact, ‘hate thinking’ leads to ‘hate language’ and can even lead to ‘hate crimes.’

        These are not the actions of people who are spiritually aware. Therefore, that’s a chain of events I would like to see us all reject.

        Just Me

      • October 20, 2010 3:45 am

        to just me. ok dude, i’m not going to get into it with you. i have my own experience with jon mackinder and the physical and mental abuse i received from him was not ok. i understand your viewpoint but i lived the experience. i was on the receiving end of alot of pain, both physically and mentally.

  5. October 18, 2010 9:40 am

    So true.

    I believe that this is what Miscavige is; no substance, only appearance; no power, only appearance of power. Just look straight at him without all his stupid stuff and weird cheerleaders.

  6. October 18, 2010 11:09 am

    Awesome post.
    I seriously wonder what would happen if $cientology actually started acting like a religion instead of an despotic ad agency. They could actually help more people and be humbler and kinder people.

    I think in the ’80’s they hired a consultant to improve their image and the advise was something like “Do charity work” and “admit your past mistakes in order to correct them” but it didn’t get past the delusional memes of Miscavige…

    Question: Is freezone any better?

    • Cool Observer permalink
      October 18, 2010 5:41 pm

      Despotic ad agency…Brilliant!

      BTW: The consultants gave the advice to shed the religious cloaking and act according to what this “church” really is: A business. The “church officials” did NOT like that. At all.

  7. Bert permalink
    October 18, 2010 3:23 pm

    Well said Jeff. Marty had some statistics about web traffic on his blog…

    http://markrathbun.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/stat_analysis_of_a_dead_radical_church-ready1.pdf

    “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.” – Abraham Lincoln

    • Cool Observer permalink
      October 18, 2010 5:55 pm

      Wow, apparently Scientology has the unique ability of dying BEFORE melting down. ;)

      • John Doe permalink
        October 19, 2010 4:39 am

        When the soul of humanity left the church, it died. The meltdown is the deterioration of the remains…

  8. Nomnom permalink
    October 18, 2010 4:31 pm

    Almost all the ‘ideal org’ pictures used in promo ( specially the interiors) are actually computer generated renderings and not real photographs.

    I remember the FBO in our org giving money to staff members to go out and buy Battlefield Earth. They then would have to turn in the books so that they would be sent back up lines.

    • lunamoth permalink
      October 19, 2010 11:29 pm

      Didn’t know this, Nomnom. Makes sense. Even more a facade than we thought, though, huh?

  9. bigawatts permalink
    October 18, 2010 6:53 pm

    Here’s another facade: Some Scientologists “in good standing” have no interest in the 3rd dynamic aspect of the church. They are not particularly concerned about what goes on internally. They remain in good standing for various 1st or 2nd dynamic reasons: they work for businesses owned by a Scientologist “in good standing” and don’t want to jeopardize their means of income; they are married to a person in that situation; they personally own a business that has it’s income primarily from Scientologists “in good standing”; they are field auditors whose PC’s are or are connected to Scientologists “in good standing”; they are currently receiving auditing from an auditor who is a Scientologist “in good standing”, etc. Learning about the various violations taking place within the CofS threatens their survival, so they prefer to not think about it.
    Having been a staff member myself for many years, including SO, my viewpoint tends to be more 3rd dynamic oriented in regards to what is going on within the CofS, and is why I no longer support it. But when I think back over the years, I’ve known many “Scientologists” who never did have any interest in the organization as such. They had only gotten involved for personal reasons (and I’m not knocking that). As years went by, their lives got more and more entangled with the CofS, mostly through friendships, family, marriage or business relationships. Now, the CofS has gone off the rails internally, but these people who were never particularly interested in the organizational aspect of the CofS are so dependent on their relationships which one way or the other tie back into the CofS (through IHELP, CCHR, NARCONON, WISE, etc.) feel they have no choice but to continue ignoring the outpoints and maintain the facade of supporting it.

    • October 18, 2010 8:30 pm

      to bigawatts, you are correct, they will continue to ignore the outpoints because their survival is more important, their viewpoint is on 1st & 2nd d, but when it all crashes and burns, those are the same people that will say, wow, gee, what happened? how could this be? they will never see it coming because they have closed their own eyes. the people here today, like Jeff, Karen, Marty etc, they are taking a pan determined viewpoint and they are all ex so.

      We all signed a contract, we didn’t stop being sea org members because we left, it’s who we are and we’re not gonna change. i believe it’s in our blood lol. ethics, tech & admin. and well, we go first lol :)

    • Aeolus permalink
      October 19, 2010 1:03 am

      It’s all too easy to look down on people who haven’t turned over the same rocks that we have. I know people who don’t drive a car because of its contribution to global climate change. I haven’t looked too deeply into that ethical dilemma because it might give me a problem I can’t solve. Is that non-confront? I suppose it is. I confront what I’m able and willing to confront, and so do you. Your list is probably different than mine.

      Two years ago it didn’t cross my mind that I would be better off disconnected from Scientology, but something shifted my viewpoint enough to look, and what I found shifted my viewpoint even further (boy did it ever!). Does that make me better than someone who is the same position I was two years ago? No it doesn’t. For one thing, that person may have a cognition any day now and start looking for themselves. For another, would I have been willing to look when I did if my entire livelihood, relationships and sense of self-worth depended on being a member in good standing? I’m not so sure. I’ve always had a life outside of the church.

      So cut the kool-aid drinkers some slack. They’re actually on our team. They just don’t know it yet.

      • tunedal permalink
        October 19, 2010 6:27 am

        Aeolus, I agree.

        I used to be so pissed off with some of my “friends” who turned their backs on me when I left CofM but this has changed. I know I will forgive most of them in the future and I understand they just didn’t have the guts to look just yet.

  10. Athena8 permalink
    October 18, 2010 9:15 pm

    Thoughts at events: “Oh wow, gee, why isn’t it happening at MY org?” “Isn’t it a shame that Scientology isn’t booming in my country like it is in other parts of the world.”

  11. plainoldthetan permalink
    October 18, 2010 9:35 pm

    Jeff: I was a mission staff member who was sent out in the late 80’s to buy my hardback copy of Dynamics of Life (aka Original Thesis). I remember thinking “if anybody finds out that the staff and public were sent out to public bookstores to buy this book, it’ll ruin the whole scheme.” Then somebody discovered the racket, and the discovery was published widely. It ruined the whole scheme.

    Being in Scientology made me psychic. I can predict the future.

  12. Valkov permalink
    October 18, 2010 10:06 pm

    Awesome post Jeff, your focus on the scam is perfect! Miscavige has been “faking it” all along, whatever his real intentions are. And his results point to a two-pronged set of goals:
    1.Aggrandize self as much as possible, and 2. Eradicate scientology as he does so.

  13. October 19, 2010 10:00 am

    Keep up the good work, Jeff. It’s hard to believe all these things I read everywhere about Miscavige by so many different people who have worked with him. The guy is clearly nuts.

    Time for a leadership election.

  14. Skydog permalink
    October 19, 2010 1:15 pm

    Once again, you make my visit to your site worthwhile with your concise analysis of the current situation. Whether Miscavige is or is not concerned with the public’s image of scientology is really a moot point. The fact remains that public perception of scientology is now at an all time low. Whatever value the subject may have in the marketplace of ideas is overshadowed by the the contempt in which it is held by most people. Very few informed and rational beings will knowingly walk into a mission or church to seriously study the subject. Those that do, will have a much lower tolerance of the manipulation that runs rampant.

  15. October 19, 2010 4:13 pm

    The graphic TOTALLY communicates! WoW! Love the post too.

  16. Carol permalink
    October 19, 2010 5:05 pm

    Jeff, the graphic says it all….thanks for the post, it is very well done and spot on!

  17. idle org permalink
    October 19, 2010 7:37 pm

    Good article as usual, Jeff!

    What you are so aptly describing above is known as fraud, of course. The church is totally fraudulent these days.

    That’s my local org on your site above. Funny thing is, when I take the time to drive to that part of town and observe, it’s always nearly empty, except for a few uniforms wandering around or standing outside on cell phones, smoking, etc.

    Fraud!

  18. AMY'S MOM permalink
    October 19, 2010 11:46 pm

    THAT’S MY ORG! Well, Seattle’s Org, not mine any longer. I recognized it right away! Absolutely no substance, a complete sham, yup, that’s it all right.

    Within a month of the grand opening it was just as Jeff described: a “Big, empty White Elephant”. The staff that magically appeared from all over the cont evaporated into thin air. Magical.

    The Seattle public were very proud of the fact that they paid for the entire building and the reno’s themselves, plus a testing center. It took 8 years to raise over 9 million, which was a large sacrifice for the public, putting finances, businesses, bridges, and families in peril.

    The staff and public were willing to make the sacrifice as the Seattle Church had been struggling for the last 30 years. They wanted a big booming org. But all they got was a re-sounding BOOM! from the org hitting rock bottom. Thus is the reality of DM’s version of Scientology.

  19. 3 Swing Floating Needle permalink
    October 20, 2010 2:08 am

    Very nice! I could not have said it better myself.

  20. ExIntStaffMember permalink
    October 20, 2010 10:41 am

    Great article, and you really got me at the end. The shareholders of a corporation can always demand the COB stand down. And they can do it without fear of being “expelled” or “fair gamed.” Somehow, anyhow, getting the Corporate Scientology “shareholders” to demand the COB to resign would be well worth undertaking.

  21. SirArthurConanDoyle permalink
    October 20, 2010 1:39 pm

    Jeff when I was a little kid in the Cadet Org, there was a mission out – there were several “missions” out and they involved a Bridge staff member and a kid from the cadet org to pose as a mother and child – or father and child. I went with an English guy named Clive to go to bookstores and buy copies of Battlefield Earth. At the end we went to the house of pies and were given a sundae. Clive had a car full of Battlefield Earth books. I remember going with someone else too.

    • October 20, 2010 6:22 pm

      to SirArthurConanDoyle, i just had a cognition reading your comment. i saw battlefield earth, i liked it, i didn’t need to see it 4 times to get the movie, but then again i read the paperback book as i was waiting for my sec check. i couldn’t put that book down, i think i read it cover to cover within like 48 hours. i just ate it up lol. when the movie came out and bombed, i got that people thought it was the critics but really it was cause miscavige who duped the studios with false book sales stats. the studios get the rights to the books to make the movies based on book sales. and he just used john travolta to get the funding and the movie to get a green light. if sony wanted to recoop their money on this bad investment, sony could sue the church for fraud or whatever, i’m not legal but you get my drift. wow, this just as ised in my universe, thank you i love comm :)

      • October 20, 2010 8:32 pm

        Kathy,

        Loved the book hated the movie!

        I couldn’t believe that “Scientologists” were giving it a standing ovation.

        The screen play was based on the novel only in name much like the Golden Age of Tech is BTWO.

        In fact the movie sucked so bad I couldn’t watch it anymore without Peptobismal.

        Personally I think one of the best rendition of Ron’s fiction was the radio play of ‘Mission Earth’ which played on KMET in LA back in the ’80’s.

  22. SirArthurConanDoyle permalink
    October 22, 2010 9:50 pm

    Thanks Kathy – I’ve read the book six times – it is a great science fiction book. But I’m shocked later in life at how low and creepy Bridge and the “church” got in using children to pose as the child of a BPI staff member and go buy books – we did this for weeks all day going to bookstores, I was hungry in this car and if I’d had any choice I’d have been with my own parents, but they were working and I saw very little of them. It was just so wrong on sooo many levels – I was a minor and my parents were not ever asked if I could go with this stranger for days all over southern California and pose as if he was my father. (Yuck) it is sick.

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