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The Silent Revolt

February 15, 2010

In The Way to Happiness, LRH says this about governments:

“Unscrupulous and evil men and groups can usurp the power of government and use it to their own ends…Opposition to such governments usually just brings on more violence. But one can raise his voice in caution when such abuses are abroad. And one need not actively support such a government; doing nothing illegal, it is yet possible, by simply withdrawing one’s cooperation, to bring about an eventual reform.”

Increasingly, Scientologists are simply and quietly withdrawing their support from the current Church of Scientology. I call it “the Silent Revolt.”

Many Scientologists are not in a position where they can speak out publicly. With family members in Scientology, children in the Sea Org, or business connections closely tied to the Church, they have to tread lightly. The Church can make things very unpleasant for those who dare to speak out.

But they can do what LRH suggests. They can simply stop going along with the abusive practices of the Church. They can simply withdraw their support.

Last week, a “mandatory” meeting was called of all OTs in the Los Angeles area, estimated at 800 to 1,000. 61 showed up. Increasingly. OTs are demonstrating their independence by not showing up when the Church “summons” them.

As Scientologists are not showing up when called, and are staying away from the Orgs in increasing numbers, reges have had to go out and find them.  It was reported that one IAS reg showed up one weekend in the parking lot of a supermarket known to be frequented by Scientologists. As they were carrying their groceries to the car, the reg followed them and pitched them on why they had to contribute to the IAS now.

The Church also demands that every Scientologist buy the latest release, even if that release is 1000 lectures, costing over $7500.00. They do not see it as arrogant and pretentious that Scientologists be pressured and threatened to shell out that kind of money for a set of ACC lectures in today’s economy.

Word is that they are even marching straight into course rooms – during course hours – and interrupting students to insist they buy their ACC lectures. Last time I looked, “permitting persons to come into the course room and bother students for any reason” was listed as a High Crime.

And the result of all this high pressure? One Sea Org executive confided to an OT that there were only 200 sets sold and it was a “total flap.” Well, what did they expect?

Sea Org Members do not understand one thing – they are not “senior” to the public. They are not the bosses of every Scientologist and OT. They are not there to “issue orders” and “get compliance.” They are not there to threaten people. They are there to provide service.

David Miscavige only knows one way to rule, and that is by force and threat. In the early days of his regime, that behavior was buffered from the public by well-intentioned and strong staff members. Increasingly, however, staff have been so beaten down and so abused that they no longer protect the public from this kind of behavior. Now they forward it. The pressure from Miscavige now comes straight down and impacts directly on the public. Staff are threatened, abused and pressured, so now they threaten, abuse and pressure the public.

The difference is, public Scientologists and OTs are not “junior” to org staff and Sea Org Members. They don’t have to take it. They can simply refuse. They can walk off. They can stay away.

And that’s the Silent Revolt.


  1. February 15, 2010 11:01 pm

    So true Rebel!

    I started my silent revolt in the early ’90’s when I saw the direction we were heading thanks to Cap’n Bligh AKA Miscavige.

  2. John Doe permalink
    February 15, 2010 11:12 pm

    Excellent, excellent article, Rebel!

    There is a Flag Order called Ethics Presence. I believe it was also issued as an HCOPL. This is one issue, yet to those in the SO, the data from this issue, that an executive “can get mad” literally trumps any of the massive amount of data regarding ARC, granting of beingness, two-way comm, etc.

    This idea that it is desirable to blow one’s stack all the time is part of the culture of the Sea Org and has only gotten worse and worse.

    I invite anyone in the SO that uses this “technology” to try it out in a regular job in the non-Scn world. Yer gonna have yer friggin’ lights punched out.

    • lunamoth permalink
      February 16, 2010 12:20 am

      I want to post something but I’m laughing too hard…

    • Thought provoking permalink
      February 16, 2010 1:08 am

      John Doe,

      You’re right it would never fly in the real world. In fact you are protected from such abuses by law.

      This is another example of people twisting policy for their own purposes. There is nothing that states a person can’t get mad while keeping in ARC and granting beingness. It is just a tone level. Actually I had a senior exec blast me in front of a group but it was done with such high ARC (visible in the eyes) that it keyed me out. The exec was also correct and targetted the action and not me. The other thing that goes right along with this is the force/intelligence ratio.

      This exec had ethics presence!

      • Li Po permalink
        February 16, 2010 6:05 pm

        Exactly! This kind of leadership and ethics presence was not so uncommon in the 70’s and the early 80’s and illustrate very well the difference between standard leadership and The New Era of Mismanagement.

    • Jim Logan permalink
      February 16, 2010 3:12 am

      John Doe,
      Wrath is effective when used in moderation and the real threat is the loss of ARC. However, realize that invalidation plays into the hands of the bank. That’s a paraphrase of the Ethics Presence Flag Order. I can’t find a copy to give the verbatim quote.

      Any body here seen Gordon Ramsey? Watch Hell’s Kitchen. Kitchen Nightmares and the UK show that he has.

      • John Doe permalink
        February 16, 2010 3:51 am

        To TP and JL:

        I want to clarify that it is not the issue Ethics Presence that I’m objecting to, it is the misapplication of it, the idea that it is LRH giving one permission to scream your lungs out at someone as a way to get compliance.

        It is an unfortunate fact that this misapplication has seemingly become embedded in the culture of the Sea Org, right next to “make it go right” said, for example, to someone in a situation where they are given no resources to make an impossible target.

        It would make an interesting article, BTW, to list out bits of misapplied tech that have become enshrined in the past and current SO culture. “Command Intention” is one that comes to mind…

    • Thought provoking permalink
      February 16, 2010 4:19 am

      John Doe,
      I got the clarification – we are in agreement.

  3. February 15, 2010 11:53 pm

    Thanks for giving us silent revolutionaries a nod. We love what you noisy guys are doing with websites and such and we appreciate that our own small flows can be acknowledged as part of the stream.

  4. lunamoth permalink
    February 16, 2010 12:45 am


    Another article that goes straight to the heart of it!

    My own little moth heart did a somersault when I read this line “Sea Org members do not understand one thing – they are not “senior” to the public.” Their purpose, as you say, is SERVICE. I would add, it is not GOVERNANCE.

    I’ve felt pretty alone when I’ve said that out loud in the past. You could almost hear the crickets.

    chirp. chirp. chirp.

    But that is changing – is it ever. I’m also noticing that more and more people are simply deciding to disagree.

    Somebody on one these blogs that I visited posted a quote, something to this effect: Freedom starts when you decide it does, not when someone gives you
    permission to have it.

    In that spirit, please repeat after me:

    “I don’t recognize your authority.”

  5. Thought provoking permalink
    February 16, 2010 12:59 am

    Rebel, this is an excellent statement of the current situation. Knowing that the SO execs buffered DMs impact early on does help in understanding why so many people missed it for so long.

  6. emldubu permalink
    February 16, 2010 2:18 am

    A terrific post, Rebel. This is exactly what I’m doing every chance I get and it feels f*cking great! It’s really all so silly, the bully mentality drama of these poor self-important, DM-anointed, big-shot generals of what-flippin-ever! Puh-leeeeze!

  7. Ex-RPFer permalink
    February 16, 2010 5:46 am

    Oh Rebel I LOVE IT!!

    “Sea Org Members do not understand one thing – they are not “senior” to the public. They are not the bosses of every Scientologist and OT. They are not there to “issue orders” and “get compliance.” They are not there to threaten people. They are there to provide service.”

    You better watch it or you are gonna get it after saying that!

    But in all seriousness, when I was in the SO at CC we were told, indoctrinated in to believing that we were in fact senior to the public. And not just the Scientology public but Earth at large. There was always a part of me that thought that was WAY weird but there was no way I could say that. I would have been thrown overboard! And really who wants that.

    But this is the major reason that most SO members don’t just walk out themselves.They believe that they are Earth’s seniors. That is the terrible joke on them. When they finally do leave that all the years of dedication mean essentially nothing out in the real world, unless they did construction and learned a usable trade. But seriously there is no way to translate working 8o hours a week “Flat out” in to a resume that doesn’t make you seem crazy.

    In a way I am glad I did it. I have a tremendous work ethic, but building back up my life after that is still an ongoing process. But at least I know my place in the scheme of things now.

  8. Rebecca-Tribecca permalink
    February 16, 2010 8:27 am


    Further evidence to the Silent Revolt you so eloquently wrote up on is:
    the CLO in PAC is on half pay.

    $23 for 60 hour weeks. Slave Labor.

    EVEN with all this web exposure. EVEN with Blown For Good’s detailed Press Conference, on the 37 cents an hour ~~ Management are still treating the SO as slaves.

    But if you connect the dots, Stats in WUS must be down.

    Did you hear Tommy Davis’s dribble about how SO members LOVE their work.
    They are not allowed to go secure still STATS are met in many cases.
    In the Basics Evolution, sleep deprivation was the order of the day.

    It is quite incredible that SO members can think themselves superior while they live below panhandler/hobo level of pay, in many cases unable to pay for basic toiletries.

    What was that I read about COB living like a Head of State ?

  9. February 16, 2010 10:48 am

    You mentioned the “mandatory” meeting of all OTs in the Los Angeles area where only 61 showed up.

    There will be even fewer next time as I am sure that those that showed up got reamed on behalf of those that did not show. They will know better than to show up next time. 🙂

    The silent revolt is cutting shutting down the power that oppressive management thrives on. When we stop paying attention to their tantrums, their screams become shriller and ever more futile.

    My prediction for terminal collapse was originally late 2010. I now doubt that they will be able to make it through the summer. Requests for repayment are on the increase and any failure to handle that will only accelerate the decline.

    • Martin Padfield permalink
      February 16, 2010 8:04 pm

      Small correction, Old Auditor: it wasn’t a mandatory meeting; Austin Voss pronounced it a Mandatory meeting. Giving it a capital letter gave it an altogether higher importance, and no doubt a much more authoratitive air. I think Austin “capital letters” Voss’ e mail is going to become part of Miscavology folklore – “I was shocked, shocked I tell you…”

      To help with his workload I wrote his follow-up e mail for him already and posted it on Marty’s blog since there is little chance as many as 61 will show up next time. For the benefit of any who missed it:

      Dear All,

      I am beyond Shocked, I am now Breathless with Apoplectic Rage that none of you came to the latest Mandatory briefing about the critical Danger of going on the Internet. Now you are Ordered to come to tomorrow’s Mandatory briefing. This is Command Intention. (Anyone who upgrades their IAS status to Pompous Patron Diamondus Maximus Exquisite is exempt and will be awarded the title of Legendary OT With Utmost Allegiance To Honour).

      Non-attendance is Not an option. You need to write KRs on yourself per HCO PL Knowledge Reports.



      • February 16, 2010 8:25 pm

        Dear Martin,

        I see the responses coming in now. 🙂

        Actually, I know that more people are looking up the Refund and Repayment policies every day.

        Austin Voss will be on the RPF before the month is out.

  10. pkatz permalink
    February 16, 2010 10:52 pm

    In my SO unit we had a file of past Apollo Orders of the Day (OODs), from the early 70’s. Often the Commodore wrote the first section, the “Orders”, himself, commenting on some aspect of SCN, ship’s operations, his world view etc.
    One such really stood out for me. A long story LRH told ended with a moral, which was: “Ships don’t sink as long as somebody yells.”
    OK. Cool.
    And the corrollary to that one would be: “The ship ain’t sinking. Stop yelling”.

  11. Ex SO from LA permalink
    February 17, 2010 5:13 am

    I remeber when the bag drill was introduced, (walking around the event hall, pushing the event release bag into the publics hands and giving them the choice “cash or credit”) I though that was stupid and I should write it up as being a bizzare method. Then later at a COB staff briefing I found out that this drill came straight from the runt himself. Miscavige bragged about how every event he put on, the night of the event he would make enough money to pay for that event or something like that and he mentioned the great bag drill. I think it was that briefing that we were told that the public have a public hat of buying all the releases and if they don’t, well …. they’re basically out-ethics and they had no choice.

    From that point forward, events became a total drag not only for the public but also staff who were kept at the event hall past midnight and sometimes into the morning hours and had to come up with a “sale or else” and btw, we were all a bunch of losers because COB was so awesome and the saviour of all and was doing everyone’s job so we were assigned a group lower condition that would last for years. In order to come out of the condition we were given some unreal target like make all org ideal orgs.

    I realized that all SO members who work at management level are PTS to some degree. There was an unusal amount of sick people. Even tough I saw all these outpoints when I was there, I would explain them away like, “that’s why COB is putting in these standards” or “well, he knows more than we do” or “LRH must have left special instructions to run things” or “we must protect the church no matter what”. This type of thinking is widespread in the SO and that’s why they cannot see the elephant in the room.

    I read the musical chairs story pretty much right after I came out of the SO and knew right away that this was real and happened. But I was still justifing for DM and somehow explained it to myself that DM must have been doing everyone’s job so he got a bit mad, (justify) … It took me a while being out of the madhouse to regain some sanity enough to see the true evil. It is as if Voldemort is keeping SO member in some sort of a spell and it requires some time, away from the madness, with enough sleep, good nutrition, interaction with normal people, etc. before the spell breaks and the elephant becomes visible.

    Anyways, just writing my mind here. Thanks for giving that oppurtunity. I really like this site because the articles are real and hard hitting.

    • Thought provoking permalink
      February 17, 2010 1:07 pm

      Ah, yes…the bag drill. I remember it well. I think that is what sealed the deal on having to pay at an event. It had been working towards that end but a book display is quite easy to slip by, not so much with the all hands bag drill routine.

      As far as not seeing the elephant, look up hypnotism in the tech dictionary, it fits perfectly.

      • TheEmperorIsNaked permalink
        February 18, 2010 12:50 am

        Wow! Nice reference. Just looked it up. More to it than I realized.

        It is indeed thought provoking.

      • lunamoth permalink
        February 18, 2010 1:07 am

        Thought provoking

        My Tech Dictionary is packed away. Can you share the definition you’re using so
        I can fully appreciate this comment? Thanks.


      • Ex SO from LA permalink
        February 18, 2010 1:50 am

        Could you please type up that definition. I do not have access to a tech dictionary.

      • Thought provoking permalink
        February 18, 2010 8:01 pm

        lunamoth and ex So from LA, here is the definition. Just for fun, I am giving you all of them.


        1) an address to the reactive mind. It reduces self-determinism by interposing the commands of another below the analytical level of an individual’s mind; it enturbulates a case markedly,and materially abberates human beings by keying in engrams which would otherwise lie dormant. (SOS)

        2) a continuing inflow without an opportunity on the part of the subject to outflow. (DN ’55)

        3) the process of restimulating states of apathy by the introduction of additional engramic content which would thereafter be as compulsive as the other data in the incident. (5109CM17B)

        4) amnesia trance for the purpose of implanting suggestions (Exp Jour Winter -Spring 1950)

  12. lunamoth permalink
    February 19, 2010 1:25 am

    Thought Provoking

    Well, well. Had not looked at that particular phenomenon, but it certainly explains the value (to certain terminals) of the use of overwhelm. Those who
    have lived through this would be left in a dazed and confused state. Any
    body who’s gone through rege or ethics cycles lately may be familiar with
    a milder version of this, I’d say.

    Thanks for sharing the insight.


  13. Ex SO from LA permalink
    February 19, 2010 5:51 am

    Thanks Thought Provoking, that makes sense.

    The RTC Rep via the CO assigned me once a lower condition for “nattering”. I guess I was noticing an outpoint and outflowing about it which back then was called natter. So basically staff were not allowed to communicate or outflow about out-points they observed and could only write them up as “Things that should not be” reports, which were hardly ever handled or sometimes even resulted for the poor guy who had some decency to write up a glarring outpoint in becoming a target for having written up such “trash” when the Fuhrer was trying to release the altered basics, create idle orgs and rob the public, how dare you speak up and complain about trivial things like getting some sleep or being served a decent meal with enough time to actually eat it like normal people do – not gulp the whole thing down in one fell swoop, not to mention celebrating christmas for once in peace without a product officer breathing down your neck about New Years event attendance … I could go on a roll here.

    So yes, SO members are being hypnoticed or should we call it brainwashed into becoming non-thinking, Fuhrer hailing robots. I can’t believe I would ever write this in such terms but the last years in the SO were engramic. Clearly a reversal of what Dianetics and Scientology are all about.

    LRH has done a lot of good and is a genius and probably one of the most brilliant minds ever to walk on Earth. Even tough I hardly made it anywhere on the Bridge I had great gains from the little Dianetics and Scientology I experienced. Word clearing tech alone is such a huge breakthrough and increases intelligence. Or the discovery of the engram. Dianetics is amazing. Sitting there and experiencing pain to simply disappear. Or how about experiencing an out of the body moment … or remembering a past life. Or false data stripping and all of a sudden one can think on a subject which before seemed quite complicated. These are real things I have observed and work. These things are theta.

    It’s a shame that one little guy so full of himself is capable to do what governments, CIA, FBI, FDA, pharma, world bankers, etc. were incapable of accomplishing. The destruction of Scientology.

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