With any in-depth and dispassionate analysis of Scientology, it becomes obvious that the organization and technologies of Scientology contain the seeds of their own destruction.
This is almost impossible for a True Believer to understand or detect, but it is clear to anyone who can see and think logically.
Now, I have written about some of this, such as Scientology’s Admin Tech, which, while some is workable, if applied fully and exactly as written will effectively destroy any organization. And there is a great essay on why Scientology’s Ethics Tech is so destructive over on Leaving Scientology.
But now I’m talking about how the very structure of the Church of Scientology, as carefully designed by L. Ron Hubbard, made the takeover and subsequent destruction of the Church of Scientology not only possible but inevitable.
Let me explain.
You see, Ron carefully structured the whole organization of the Church of Scientology around himself. In all the thousands of policies that he wrote over all those years, there is one huge, glaring omission concerning the very top of the church: The leader of Scientology and his duties, his responsibilities, how he is chosen, how he is removed, how he is evaluated, are all completely undefined.
Because of this, the leader may never be removed. There simply is no way to remove the leader. There is no way within the church to evaluate how the leader is doing. There are no requirements that a leader must meet. There are no results a leader must produce. No one in the whole world has the power or authorization to remove the leader of Scientology. This, of course, was intentional, since Ron had no intention of ever relinquishing control — but it was a fatal omission for the church.
Some may believe that there are currently “others” who are really in charge and who could remove the leader, but that simply isn’t true in the slightest. The leader of the Church of Scientology has no boss and cannot be removed. For more information about that, see Larry Brennan’s blog.
The leader of Scientology is fully protected from everything. Any internal threats or attacks are immediately dealt with, per policy, by the destruction and expulsion of the attacker. The leader is always assumed fully innocent and any attacker is always presumed horribly guilty. Any external attacks against the leader are, per policy, met with everything the Church of Scientology can throw against the attacker, both legal and illegal. No expense or effort is spared in the leader’s defense.
The leader’s word is law within the Church of Scientology and must be complied with immediately and without question. The leader can order anything be done and it will be done, no matter how much money or how many people are required. If it is impossible, the church must still keep trying as long as the leader desires it. The leader’s power is absolute within the church.
The actions of the leader are completely protected by the church. His whereabouts and actions are secret and carefully concealed by the church. What the leader reveals is all that is visible, all else is hidden behind many curtains of secrecy created for that purpose. If the leader commits crimes, lies, fraud and abuse, these actions will never be reported to the police (or anyone). The leader of the Church of Scientology is protected from any exposure.
The leader of the Church of Scientology has absolute control over all of Scientology, all the money, all the property and all the people. This is much more than just being very, very wealthy, this is total domination.
In case you are thinking this sounds like a super-desirable job, to an honest person, it really isn’t. Obviously it was perfect for Ron, because it was whatever he wanted it to be. But now, because the job has no defined duties or limits, all the problems, disasters, failures and chaos of Scientology would end up at that desk. The job is totally responsible for everything, but no clear limit to what the job actually is or is not. For an honest person, it would be a horrible position, a complete disaster waiting to happen.
So, what kind of a person would want the job? Not only would want it but would do anything and everything they could to gain that position? What kind of a person would feed on chaos and disaster?
Yes, the person most likely to want that position would be a psychopath. They would only see the unlimited power and wealth and care nothing about the responsibilities. Who cares about responsibilities, problems and failures when you can just lie about everything?
And that is why David Miscavige took control of the Church of Scientology, the position is perfect for a psychopath. He just had to have it, and he took it.
But the truth is, if Miscavige hadn’t been there and hadn’t taken over the leadership position, it is inevitable that some other psychopath would have done so. Such a cruel and destructive person would be in danger of being found out and expelled unless they got to the safety of the top job of the church. That is why it was inevitable that it would happen.
The seeds of the takeover of the Church of Scientology by the most destructive person is built right into the way the position of the leader was set up. Once Ron was no longer able to defend his leadership, the church was truly doomed.