When Miscavige feels most threatened, he invariably pulls the 1993 IAS event out of mothballs for re-airing in all orgs. This is Miscavige’s crowning achievement and when he feels his PR is being assaulted, in his mind this is the antidote.
Getting people to come into an org to watch this video yet again is a Sisyphean task. There is no current scientologist who has not seen it numerous times. And there are no NEW scientologists. So it’s a tough sell.
Miscavige is convinced this is the best reputation damage control he can do. Not come out in public and actually answer questions or make any appearance in the media. No, re-show a 25 year old video which represents the pinnacle of his achievements.
In fact, what it really demonstrates is that it’s all been downhill from there.
No other event since has been attended by even half as many people as were in the LA Sports Arena that night in 1993. This despite his pronounced “43X expansion,” “More expansion in the past 5 years than the 50 previous years” and “All Ideal Org expanding 10X upon opening.” Perhaps it truly IS the “turning point” of scientology — from which it will never recover…
It is a glaring contradiction. But in the world of scientology — nobody is supposed to ponder such things. To do so would be an unpardonable sin resulting in lengthy hours of sec checking. The trained seals quickly learn what is and isn’t good for you in the Scientology bubble.
PS: I wonder if they have added Marty Rathbun back into it now?
Just grabbed a couple of earlier iterations of this strategy: