Miscavige is somewhere on the line between being so delusional that he really believes in his madness and being is a great actor who's evil to the core. If he really is just acting he surpasses his buddy TC in skills. I think at least part of him believes in what he's doing. The guy was immersed in this evil system from his early teens onwards. And he was indoctrinated by the master himself.
I'm trying to get my head round these kind of issues. What people like Miscavige, Jentzsch, Rathbun actually believe. Whether they know what they believe, or whether their beliefs about their own beliefs are false. How they conceptualise their own actions. How they do/don't justify those actions to themselves. To what extent they should be held responsible for what they do and to what extent they should be seen as victims.
This is exactly how I feel about this question. I don't have an easy answer to this.
History shows that leaders of evil and authoritarian systems tend to get more delusional when the system gets under pressure. Hitler, Pol Pot, Ceausescu and Saddam Hussein would have destroyed their country and people just to keep their believe in the system intact. We are seeing the same reaction in Muammar Ghaddafi right now.
The rare exception to this rule was the Soviet Union, where the last leader chose for his people and not for the dying system of communism.
In cults we've seen Jim Jones and David Koresh, who also started loosing it when the system came under serious pressure.
Dorothy makes another point in relation to this:
I think if a prisoner of the Int RPF were to suddenly change their mind and realize that LRon is a Con, scientology harms people and that what they have been doing is really harming people for most of their life, the only way to deal with that kind of sudden and violent mental rearrangement would be suicide or psychotic break. This is why extreme methods of deprogramming are not successful. Leaving scientology successfully is best accomplished like peeling an onion. If you are at Int the first realization you need to have is that you are not surviving, you are probably in poor health and perhaps and you should save yourself from an early death.
I don't know if people who are immersed this long and this deep will ever be completely freed from the chains in their heads. Realizing you gave your life for an essentially evil system is not easily done. Specially if you have to admit that you personally ruined the lives of many good people.
Humanity has some powerful psychological defenses to cope with devastating trauma and guilt. Denial is just one of those, delusion is another. Putting the blame on the victim is number three. And of course there is always the trick of putting the blame on an executive like DM, rather than on the system and the own self.
All these reactions are seen in Marty's followers. Most of the vocal ones were high on the bridge, and have invested a lot in scientology as a system. They have a lot to lose by admitting the true cause of the problems.
Everybody is responsible for their own actions in the end. For some this responsibility is harder to take than for others. Still, it's the only way to become free in the true sense of the word. Unfortunately, for some the words of Janis Joplin are very close to home:
"Freedom 's just another word for nothing left to lose"
For those people freedom is not a desirable state, they think they need their shackles so they won't fall into the abyss of their own responsibility. Usually it takes a lot of time to get rid of this psychological bondage. And some scientologists never will. Forcing them to do so might indeed cause a psychotic break or even suicide.
But to make any choice at all the body has to be free from things like the SP-hole or the RPF. If those are not illegal, they should be, in my opinion.
Wether Marty is helping people or not is not for me to say. I certainly don't like what he's been doing lately, but he's not forcing people to do things, like the church is. Maybe his "zone" does have the function of a halfway-house for some. Many of those seeking refuge with Marty are leaving after some months to years to build a life without scientology.
I can only hope that the system of scientology will go extinct over time. The old guard is dying of old age and bad health-care, the second generation is leaving en masse and thanks to the internet there is not enough new raw meat to keep the infrastructure from collapsing. The few children born to scientologist parents are not capable of replacing those who are dying or leaving.
Nature will take its cause. It always does, in the end.