Miscavige’s House of Cards
According to the recent 80-page Freedom Magazine, extolling the many accomplishments of David Miscavige, there are plans afoot to create three more Advanced Organizations:
“To dramatically speed progress of parishioners up the Scientology Bridge to the Mecca in Clearwater, Mr. Miscavige has inaugurated a program to establish Advanced Organizations in every continent.”
I just heard from a friend who lives in one of these areas. They tell me that the push now is to get all Scientologists in the area to donate towards the new AO. And if they don’t? The usual – Sec Checks, Ethics interviews, HCO summons.
And the local Class V Orgs? Struggling along, with the course rooms virtually empty except for staff on their Basics courses, and a few preclears in the HGC. They are not able to make enough to pay their bills on many weeks (rent and utilities) and their debt is growing. Staff are not getting paid, and end up working part time, or living off their spouses or parents.
Listen, I’d love to be made wrong in this. If your local org is actually booming, write me and tell me about it. Every report I have so far says the orgs are empty, empty, empty.
Think about it. The local Orgs are struggling to get by, and the solution is to establish a huge new AO? Where will the public for the AO come from? How will the new AO be staffed?
We know how it’s going to get bought and renovated – through donations by existing Scientologists who have taken out second mortgages or raided their retirement savings.
The current PR spin is that these new AOs are being put there to “meet the demand.” Well, if there is such a huge demand, then why aren’t the Class V orgs booming? And if there is such demand, why isn’t there enough money in Reserves to fund these new AOs? Why do Scientologists have to pay?
No one is confronting the unpleasant facts. For a new AO to be viable, there have to be enough people on service to make it worthwhile. And that means having highly trained auditors and course supervisors. And it means having enough people up through their Grades. Public don’t just magically appear, all ready for Advanced Courses.
There’s an interesting post on ESMB today from a former marketing staffer at the Int Base. At one point they had to figure out what it would actually take to fill up the Superpower Building, That building has space for 1,800 students and 1,200 pcs. They figured out that Orgs would have to become ten times their present size. All orgs. What was done to make that actually happen? Nothing. Most orgs are smaller now than when the Superpower building started.
What is this obsession with buildings? Is it really to meet demand? Or is it all about David Miscavige’s self-glorification? One is reminded of the Pharaohs who built huge pyramids to glorify themselves, on the backs of starving and abused slaves.
It’s an unsustainable house of cards. And, sooner or later, it’s going to tumble.