Snow White wrote:So, I wonder, in summary, is David Miscavige either simply very stupid or conniving in regard to this whole Ideal org CRAP?
It is not a binary either/or choice. It is lot more complex than that. The basic idea that orgs should be "upstat" is a core adminstrative belief in Scientology - it comes from Hubbard hisveryownself. Where they are raising the money from their local members they are merely following in the footsteps of almost any other religion. I am not sure why anyone would find that surprising except for the fact that Scientology came very late to this idea.
But that is in contrast to other deals where it is Scientology reserves that are buying the buildings - this move is a large gamble.
Seems such a very dangerous and gambling move to base such a massive program on a wrong why.
You are correct, of course. But this is a reflection of certain "axioms" that exist in Scientology management. (I guess if I was feeling ironic I would describe them as held down 7's...LOL)
The biggest one is - "People love L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology" (no do not laugh, I am serious). One thing you could not do, for example, is to bring up the idea that the general public think Hubbard is some sort of fat fraud. You would be off to the RPF - if you were lucky. You can, possibly, acknowledge that Scientology has a slight problem but you would have to base that on some local campaign run by SPs of some kind - not because the public think the idiots trying to body route them are really weird.
So any program that is going to get done has this axiom as a starting point.
The second axiom is that the Public really are trying to flood into the orgs in droves but Org Staff are incompetent out ethics fools who will fuck up at the drop of a hat and who actually repel people from coming in. (Again, I'm not kidding).
Hence the need to have the real stuff out there in the reception area and not rely on those twits on staff.
You have to realize that these are not "whys" they are accepted truths.
I am truly wondering what is going on in the minds of those Church Scientologists still in as this regging cycle is the biggest in the entire history of the Church(obviously). Apart from the 400 Scn's walking out of an event in England....
It is hard to tell what they are thinking. When you are in Scientology (even when you are in SO Management) finding out what is really going on in other places is very difficult.
Is it possible for alarm bells to be going off yet even amongst the most devout( S.O etc) that they are within a financial scam of epic proportions? It seems all so very blatant to me, more so than ever in the Church's history, that it would be very hard to miss.
I am not sure that it is a "scam".
The way Scientology handles its finances is, of course, ass backwards. It FPs and spends every dime it gets in each week and almost all that meagre income is usually in the form of prepayments for service. i.e. they are taking money for auditing or training that will be taken sometime in the future.
Thanks to Hubbards insane LRH ED 284 Scientologists paid in millions during 1976 - 80 to avoid the monthly price increases. This left orgs with huge amounts of APR (advance Payments Received) but, because the money itself was spent every week, it held very little in cash against these liabilities. Making the orgs very vulnerable to any repayment requests - they simply do not have the money in the bank.
You can probably see the problem - if the orgs sell more "services" in order to raise the money for a new building they merely compound the problem by a) making the APR even higher and b) spending the money.
So this current drive to reg the locals to directly pay to the building fund is not that dumb a move. If the money is given as a non-refundable donation there is no future liability
But that leads to a different problem of course. Because there are so few Scientologists, almost all orgs rely on a select few (or in the case of small orgs just one family) as their main source of Org GI (which is where the staff pay comes from). If those people are being successfully taken to the cleaners then the Org GIs are going to go down and stay down.
Now bear with me while I look further down the road on this.
Orgs that reg their publics for the new building and do it successfully and do succeed in getting a new building out of it will have, during that period, drained their most active members of their money. The GI will be down.
But thanks to the axioms I said above the org staff and management will "know" that people will just flood in and with DM's clever interactive screens giving the information directly to the adoring public the org GI will just go up and up.
But of course that will not happen. Possibly a slight increase maybe but that slight increase will be offset by the increased maintenance costs associated with a much "better" org.
But any increase, of course, merely makes the APRs higher.
Which raises a frightening spectacle - if the orgs own their buildings outright and then get hit with repayments(that they do not have the money to repay) they can be forced into bankruptcy and the assets disposed of. bye bye new building.
It is an interesting subject to play around with.