Flies in the Anointment: David Miscavige’s Qualifications
If you were going to choose a leader for the Church of Scientology, how would you go about it?
1. Well, first, you’d probably do some research and see if LRH ever designated anyone as his successor. Given that this person’s other qualifications were in place, they would probably be a top candidate.
2. You’d want someone who is technically trained, ideally a Class XII C/S. You’d want someone who has done a lot of auditing and C/Sing and has a good record of technical results. If they are going to make decisions that affect training and processing, you’d want them to know what they are talking about.
3. You’d want someone with a good record as an executive, someone who has successfully run orgs or even a continental area. If they had International Management experience, all the better. And you’d want to check their actual statistics, not listen to the brags. Executive training on the OEC, FEBC and DSEC would be vital.
4. It might be a plus if they’d had some experience running a business, and knew something about promotion, marketing and sales.
5. You’d want someone of a high ethical caliber, someone who was fair, just, and compassionate, someone who lived the basics of Scientology such as the ARC Triangle and the Communication Formula. You’d want someone high on the Tone Scale and Chart of Human Evaluation.
6. Even with all that, you’d want to appoint them conditionally, subject to regular performance reviews. And those reviews should be done by a Board that includes field representation. After all, it’s your church too.
Sounds pretty sane and reasonable. All right, let’s see how David Miscavige stacks up.
1. Although many Scientologists mistakenly assume that Miscavige was somehow appointed by LRH, in fact that’s not the case. As mentioned in an earlier post, at the 1986 LRH Memorial Event, it was announced that LRH had passed the torch to a couple named Pat and Annie Broeker. In fact, in that event, Miscavige referred to the Broekers as LRH’s “two most trusted friends and companions.” There was an issue about this time, signed by LRH, granting Pat and Annie the rank of Loyal Officers. No mention was made of David Miscavige. Within about a year, Pat Broker had mysteriously disappeared, the LRH issue had vanished, all copies of the event video had been withdrawn, and David Miscavige was in charge. LRH never mentioned Miscavige as a successor, and never mentioned a post called “COB RTC.”
2. Is Miscavige technically trained? While the Church is quiet on that subject, former insiders say that Miscavige has had minimal technical training and holds no valid training certificates. While still a teenager, he traveled with his father to Saint Hill in England, where he received some training and did some auditing. He later bragged about giving Security Checks to Saint Hill executives and about his ability to ruthlessly pull their withholds.
According to former insiders who were responsible for Miscavige’s study time, not only has he refused any kind of auditing for the last 15 years, he also refused to study with other students in the staff course room. He refuses to do official courses but prefers to just listen to random taped lectures.
So this is the man in charge of Scientology? Someone with little formal training, little real auditing experience, no C/Sing experience? And someone who refuses standard auditing and training?
3. Miscavige had no real management experience prior to taking over the Church. He has never run a Scientology Mission or Organization, has never managed a Continental office. He joined the Sea Org when he was 16. His record was unremarkable, including a failed mission, a stint as a cameraman on the Sea Org crew making the Tech films, and a period as CMO Action Chief, running mostly logistics missions.
The story of how he bullied, connived and schemed his way to the top of Scientology is better told elsewhere, here and here for starters, but at no time did it include a peer review of his actual experience and staff record, which was minimal and unremarkable. Prior to bullying his way to the top of Scientology, Miscavige had no management or executive experience whatsoever. The only thing he had run had been a few Sea Org logistics missions. Miscavige is not administratively trained and does not hold valid OEC, FEBC or DSEC certificates.
4. Miscavige had no business experience at all. He is a high school dropout who joined the Sea Org at 16. Management training and experience aside, he had very little real-world experience at all.
5. As to Miscavige’s character, all Scientologists know is the public face he presents at events. He seems to be focused, dedicated, and charismatic as he reads his prepared speeches off a teleprompter. But those who have worked with him present a different picture, one of a petty tyrant, a bully who rules by threat and abuse. He denigrates those around him, humiliates and degrades them. He forces married couples to divorce, insists pregnant women have abortions. He physically beats executives who cross him.
Does this sound like a man applying the basics of Scientology? Does this sound like someone applying the ARC Triangle, or the Communication Formula? Does this sound like the actions of someone high on the Tone Scale? (Check the “method used to control others” column on the Chart of Human Evaluation.
6. And as to a review of his performance, no one has the power to review what he is doing. The international statistics of Scientology are a secret. They are never published, never talked about. Former insiders say that Scientology international statistics have been on a long term death slide since 1991. And if that seems far-fetched, ask yourself this: If the statistics really were booming, don’t you think they’d be showing them at events? You bet they would.
No public Scientologist is able to see or monitor the Church’s statistics. So no one knows how David Miscavige is really doing. Don’t you think that’s deliberate? All we know is what we can see – empty orgs, increasing desperation, orgs and staffs struggling to pay the bills. That’s Miscavige’s real legacy.
Someone with little real technical training or experience is changing LRH’s writings.
Someone with no real executive training or experience has removed all of International Scientology management and made himself the sole dictator of the Church. He has turned the Church into a moneymaking Ponzi scheme, personally raking off millions, while RPFing or offloading anyone who dares question him.
Someone who is apparently a vicious bully and a tyrant, someone who applies no Scientology in his daily life, someone who has avoided any real training and processing for the last 15 years, is in charge of bringing Scientology to the planet.
Is this the man you want to support as your leader?