Did anyone else notice this kind of thing going on in $cientology?
In the beginning (before the Sea Org era) LRon seemed to have a few good ideas and may or may not have been onto something (hard to tell because most of his really good ideas were already in existence). But he wanted it to be all about him and didn’t want anyone meddling or getting any credit and especially any of the profits. So at any point that anyone other than LRon got any attention or came up with any valuable contribution, he squashed them or figured out a way to make them go away, like for example the people who really invented study tech. This megalomaniacal mindset was also the impetus behind the writing of KSW 1, imo. If an individual or organization tried to meddle LRon came up with the solution- simply claim they want to destroy him and his invention and thus label them “suppressive”.
How does this relate to the thing you noticed? LRon’s mindset (described above) transferred to the Sea Org and all its members. The Sea Org are (especially) LRon’s psychological clones. (That is why Marty to this day- in spite of appearing to “think for himself” really can’t. Until you let go of “LRon is my Guru” you are in LRon’s “valence” and you think you know more than anyone else, it’s a kind of an implanted egoism). Anyway, to answer your question, or comment on your observation, this is why when someone goes out to the Sea Org for training, or arrives at an Org on a Sea Org mission, things get all messed up. Stats crash, people blow, unusual solutions abound. It’s not because of David Miscavige (the Independents have a wrong why there). It’s because people go into LRon’s/Sea Org implanted megalomaniac mindset and the results of that kind of thing (disaster) are easy to see in any group, (not just scientology). That’s my take on the “push-pull” you speak of, the basis of which is, LRon telling you he’s helping you to think for yourself, all the while removing your ability to think for yourself. If you were able to “think for yourself”, then you might come up with a better idea than his. Oh, but no one is capable of coming up with a better idea than LRon, don’tcha know!
So yeah the Sea Org say “we’re here to expand your org” and anyone not drinking the Kool-Aid is like, “yeah, right”. Unfortunately, very few are not drinking the Kool-Aid, and those who are not receive Sea Org “Justice”, and are promptly removed from the group.
You’ve touched upon an issue that very few modern critics understand. That before Sea Org, and before Org staff were so heavily influenced by the neo-Nazi fascist Sea Org mentality, things really were different. I’m not claiming that the tech was all hunky-dory, I am simply stating that the individuals in orgs (staff and public) were not like the ROBOTS of today. Before the Sea Org there was an independent spirit in every org, in every scientologist. The Sea Org mentality of LRon’s (which was not always present in Orgs) later crept into every org and scientologist through a very thorough takeover and hijack of any possibility of independent thought (the details of which are too lengthy to go into here).
I am of the mind that LRon was a megalomaniac who- as time went on, became crazier and crazier. Now his creation (CoS) is simply following suit. You, Wieber experienced staff at a time when crazy was well on its way up. Dave simply picked it all up where LRon left off and took it to a whole-nother-level.