Scientologists: Scientology, Then and Now

For the purposes of this discussion, let’s ignore the debate of whether Hubbard’s technology “works” or not. Let’s just look at what Hubbard put together, and what Miscavige did with it after Hubbard died.

All current Scientologists are supposed to believe that David Miscavige, the current leader of the Church of Scientology is continuing and enhancing the work of L. Ron Hubbard. They must trust what Miscavige has told them.

Let’s see what the truth is:

  • By the time Hubbard died, he had indicated, in his “Keeping Scientology Working” that his tech was complete and must not be altered. He forbade anyone altering, removing or adding to his technology. In addition, he specifically admonished his followers to never, ever reduce training to a set of rote drills.
  • After Hubbard died, Miscavige completely changed all training in Scientology. He rewrote all the training materials and reduced the training to a set of rote drills.
  • In the few years before his death, Hubbard presided over the greatest expansion the Church of Scientology had ever seen. This expansion continued, but tapered off after his death.
  • David Miscavige has orchestrated the greatest decline of membership in the church’s 50+ year history. Not just a decline in expansion, a drastic shrinking of the church membership. All of the expansion of Hubbard’s years has been wiped out, and a lot more. And the decline continues.
  • Hubbard created a large and complex administrative structure to oversee the Church of Scientology after he was gone. Included in this structure were many checks and balances to make sure the church management did not stray from the proper administrative path he set up. One top management group was even called the Watchdog Committee. The staff at the International Management base in Hemet was around 1,000 at that time.
  • Miscavige has completely dismantled all of Hubbard’s administrative structure. None of the people who Hubbard put in charge remain. No one who worked with Hubbard remains in any executive position. The staff at the Int. Base are around 400, but many of those have been off post for years, “doing lower conditions” — endlessly. Anyone still within that executive structure has no power but is simply a “yes-man” to Miscavige’s dictatorship.
  • Hubbard wrote quite detailed instructions on how the Church of Scientology was to be run. These policies were made available to all in over a dozen large volumes. In Hubbard’s directions, these policies were to be followed without question by all Churches of Scientology.
  • Under Miscavige’s direction, the many volumes of Hubbard policy letters are no longer in print. Miscavige has decreed that, from now on, his orders are senior to anything written by Hubbard, his orders are to be followed, he can and will order everyone to violate Hubbard’s policies and his orders must be carried out.
  • When Hubbard was in charge, any money to the church was in exchange for a book, a course, a session. Money was always given in exchange for something. Hubbard expressly forbade any “pure donations” where there was no exchange. He was adamant.
  • Miscavige has introduced and heavily promoted “pure donations” from Scientologists. So much so that Scientologists who do not donate enough pure donations are considered “out ethics” and are punished. Today, the vast majority of the church’s income comes from those pure donations that were forbidden by Hubbard.
  • When Hubbard was in charge, he found that big events–at that time called congresses and held twice a year–artificially boosted church’s statistics and then inevitably caused a ruinous drop in church activity. He forbade such big events. The “boom” was artificial and the crash was disastrous.
  • Miscavige has created six yearly, big events, each one carefully designed to sell something, to artificially boost the church’s statistics. When the inevitable crash in statistics occurs as a result, just as predicted by Hubbard, Miscavige blames everyone but himself for the problem that he created by violating Hubbard’s directions.
  • When Hubbard was running things, the local churches were expected to make do with what they had. If they increased the number of people on services, they would make the additional income needed to support that expansion. It was a natural evolution. If the church did not expand, it would get no outside financial help.
  • Miscavige’s idea of “expansion” is to demand that the local Scientologists pony up millions and millions of dollars, buy a big building, come up with millions more to renovate the building, and then give the oversized building to Miscavige. Miscavige turns around and leases this large building back to the local church for lots of money. This means the local Scientologists are paying for the new buildings twice! The local church must shoulder the increased lease and the increased burden of maintaining a huge building when they couldn’t even afford to maintain the smaller quarters! This “false expansion” inevitably makes the church’s struggle for survival much harder. Closing churches, long forbidden under Hubbard, has become common under Miscavige (spun as “combining resources” by Miscavige).

Scientologists: You are supposed to defend what Ron created from any alteration! You are supposed to ensure that someone doesn’t come along and destroy all that Hubbard built and all that you believe in. That is supposed to be your job and your most solemn duty as set out in “Keeping Scientology Working”.

Scientologists: If you honor L. Ron Hubbard, what are you doing allowing Miscavige to destroy all that Hubbard built?

What is your excuse? You weren’t paying attention? You forgot? You believed Miscavige and forgot to look for yourself? Someone else was supposed to do that? You were afraid that David Miscavige would punish you for disagreeing with him?

Don’t say you didn’t notice anything! These are massive changes. The entire structure of the Church of Scientology is collapsing. You are letting it happen. LRH left you with that very specific responsibility and you failed.

What is your excuse?

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22 Responses to Scientologists: Scientology, Then and Now

  1. Anonymous says:

    How do you reconcile “When Hubbard was running things, the local churches were expected to make do with what they had. If they increased the number of people on services, they would make the additional income needed to support that expansion. It was a natural evolution. If the church did not expand, it would get no outside financial help. “with “Closing churches, long forbidden under Hubbard, has become common under Miscavige“-Red

  2. Just Bill says:

    The first is speaking of expansion or lack of expansion, not closing. The second is talking about fake “expansion” and actual closings.In actual fact, during Hubbard’s time, if a church was in imminent danger of closing, he actually WOULD do something to save it. Miscavige simply tells two failing churches who are near each other to “combine”.

  3. unmasked says:

    The “church” of Scientology is founded upon people not thinking, not paying attention.. If the members of the “church” were in possession of anything resembling adequate mental facilities, they wouldn’t be funding an organisation as corrupt as the “church” of Scientology to begin with, so yes, Miscavige is piledriving Scientology into the dirt.. But thats a good thing..

  4. Just Bill says:

    unmasked,This is true. What is a very good thing is that, once a Scientologist leaves Scientology, they can and usually do recover their ability to observe, to think and to understand. The suppression of intelligence is usually temporary.Everything Miscavige does only hastens the destruction of the church. Unfortunately, he is hurting a lot of people as he goes down.

  5. Anonymous says:

    omg i love youthank u so much for doing this. more than i can say. i had wanted to make something similar but i ddnt have enough info.david miscaviage is a 1.1. i dont know why nobody sees it

  6. Anonymous says:

    Oh boy. I suppose we truly are f*’d. Seriously – it’s kinda past the point where it can go back, ya? I mean, won’t life be happier just living it and trying to do some good, instead of trying to go up “the bridge,” or, conversely, just giving up? I think it’s time for people to wake up and just live life to the fullest – pretty simple, no?

  7. Just Bill says:

    I think that Miscavige has destroyed the Church of Scientology. The damage he has inflicted is so severe and so destructive, I see it as the end of the church. I see no possible recovery, even when Miscavige is gone.It is possible that some Scientologists could band together and create some new group — but it would have to make significant changes in how it exists and how it lives with others. The seeds of the church’s destruction were sown by the policies of L. Ron Hubbard.

  8. Anonymous says:

    This one blog post, if it were to include citations, would be powerful enough all by itself to change current Scientologists’ minds and accomplish the goal of awakening people to bring about freedom of truth.

  9. rebelmacaque says:

    Dear Bill,How is it possible that the “church” continues to buy and restore all these buildings that end up sitting largely empty? With media entheta beyond anything I could have ever dreamt (mostly self-inflicted) in full swing, where is the money coming from? I really think the CoS is withering, but what kind of financial legerdemain is going on that they can keep up the appearance of growth? Do they pour everything into real estate? The real estate crash must be killing them. Any ideas on this subject would be appreciated.

  10. Just Bill says:

    Virtually all the money for the Church of Scientology, buildings, lawyers, TV ads, is coming from “public Scientologists”. The church is squeezing the very last penny from every Scientologist — especially the few remaining wealthy ones. All “true” Scientologists are going very deeply into debt to support all this.With no new public being roped in, and with few Scientologists having any money left to give, the church is getting very desperate. The pressure on the few remaining wealthy Scientologists is extremely intense to give it ALL up.Today, being a Scientologist must be awful! Public Scientologists are ‘way over their heads in debt, struggling to just survive, under intense pressure to give even more money, and being attacked (the church tells them) by The Evil Ones.As these Scientologists break out, you are going to be hearing some pretty horrible stories! Miscavige has destroyed a lot of people’s lives! More today than ever before!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Could you give the reference where L. Ron Hubbard forbids pure donations?

  12. Just Bill says:

    Regarding LRH forbidding “pure donations”, this was in dispatches at top management, not in widely published policy letters. I’ll see if I can get a reference or copy.The empirical evidence is much easier to find, in all the years LRH was in charge, it was never done! You know people thought of it, since it is such a “church thing”, but it wasn’t done.I’ll post when/if I get more info.

  13. MattGSX says:

    I just wanted to point out, to the poster saying that members of “the church” lacked “adequate mental facilities” and next that agreed:Many Scientoligists aren’t stupid. They are slowly and steadily cultivated over a long period of time, using conditioning tools that were developed by totalitarian governments for the purposes of “re-education”. Anyone, whether they have “adequate mental facilities” or not can fall victim to these tactics. Calling a member of “the church” stupid, unthinking, or mentally lacking isn’t going to get them to blow; they’ll probably just invest more of themselves. These are real people who are in a real crisis, and they need compassion. I have a feeling that we’re going to start hearing more about ruthless tactics to get people to join the Sea Org, and we’re probably going to hear about even worse living conditions.

  14. Just Bill says:

    Thanks, mattgsx, for pointing this out. My response was non-specific on what I was agreeing with. I was agreeing that Miscavige was pile-driving the church into the ground, not any disparagement of Scientologists.It is not true and is of no valid use to insult Scientologists. As I’ve pointed out many times, Scientologists are fed small bits of carefully selected and generally acceptable information. They do not know the crazy bits, and are forbidden from looking.Attacking Scientologists is the wrong target! The source of the insanity and abuse is Miscavige (and Hubbard, but he’s dead). Scientologists should be helped to escape, helped to see, helped to reconnect, not attacked.

  15. Anonymous says:

    “I have a feeling that we’re going to start hearing more about ruthless tactics to get people to join the Sea Org, and we’re probably going to hear about even worse living conditions.’I’ve heard that Davey is shrinking the SO for some reason. On a related note, staff might now outnumber public.-Red

  16. Anonymous says:

    I personally agree 100% with your assessment here.I have nothing further to add, except an acknowledgment and a smily 🙂

  17. Anonymous says:

    The LRH ref that applies to”pure donations” is Vital Data on Promotion 21 Jan 65R OEC Vol 2 pg 120d. “Subsidy is a fine way to fail and ALWAYS leads to a dead end. A subsidized office ceases to promote as it no longer depends on doing 3) Dissemination – accumulation of the identities of persons and (4) Salesmanship-offering those identities something they will buy for its daily bread. So it is useless in the scheme of things and, not serving, becomes dangerous.”Another good ref to read is23 Sep 70 Quarters, Policy Regarding Historical.”G. Other businesses or rentals to support an org wind up very costly. Schemes other than Scientology actions can be a nuisance. Scientology supports Scientology.”Hope this helps to clarify the above.”Renegade”

  18. Just Bill says:

    @RenegadeExact references are always appreciated. Thanks!

  19. Anonymous says:

    hello thanks for writing all this opening eyes postsi new something was wrong inside the churchi am off of ot7 since 2003 and i dont want to finish it.can you give us the reference where LRH said no events???thanks anonymous

  20. Just Bill says:

    Re: No eventsThanks for your comments.While there was a specific advice from LRH to management forbidding the big events, it was not published to the public. A number of ex-management people have attested to the existence of this advice.In addition, LRH referred to the disaster that such events caused in at least one lecture — probably one of his lectures on organization.There may be other references as well, perhaps one of our readers can help.But, ultimately, the evidence is simply the fact that LRH stopped holding big events in the late 50s and never, ever held even one more.

  21. Just Bill says:

    Re: No eventsI recall the LRH lecture where he spoke about how disastrous the big events were was "The Five Conditions". I could be wrong.

  22. Anonymous says:

    I've read all your posts with interest, being myself an ex-SO who smelled a rat around 1991 with the progressive halt of all broad dissem activities and the stops that kept piling up while everybody was being sidetracked on frantic RTC projects that continue up to these days and have only crashed the orgs, the progressive disparition of high execs I worked with and admired, the slow destruction of the feeling that existed prior in Scn to be replaced by rampant fascism and abuse of staff and public. I can see the truth in some of the points brought up, mainly how one man singlehandedly took over the church and broke it and its spirit.The big question remains, for those who still think that despite all its flaws, LRH tech is still the best tech we've been given to build a better world, what do we do now? How do we get rid of the evil that has taken hold of the movement when its own members, those who remain, are too blind, too powerless or too scared to act?I'm sitting on the sidelines, seeing my old favorite team being blown to bits by its own incompetent coach, seeing the efforts of half of my life and those of all my former friends blown to the winds by a two-faced dwarf.There's a lesson to be learned, that's for sure. LRH, if he's still around is probably taking notes, won't make the same mistake again. I just hope those who have had the courage to stay, despite the duress, will rise and overthrow the SP in their midst. There are enough of them old-timers in the boiler's room at Hemet to make the putsch. They won't even need a gun, the man is alone in his castle. He's chased everyone else out, even his wife. Noone will raise a finger for him, not after what he'd done to them.And it's public popularity ? Scientologists will believe what they are told, just like they did with Pat Broeker or any other public figure that fell into disgrace. That's one point the dwarf always played on. It's time he tasted of its own medicine for a change.

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