To maintain the support of his followers, David Miscavige has to keep up the appearance that his brand of leadership is guiding the flock to the promised land – a Cleared Planet. If they thought he was failing, they would abandon him in a New York minute.
It is a firm principle of the belief system of members of the church that they must operate on the “greatest good for the greatest number of dynamics” and the 3rd dynamic — the church — is believed to enhance ALL other dynamics. Thus if the church is achieving its objectives then it must be supported. A successful and prospering church trumps all other dynamics combined and a true believer will sacrifice his or her other dynamics in order to “support” the third as they believe that in the end this will bring survival across all dynamics. And if Miscavige is at the helm of a successful church, that excuses any “shortcomings” he may have and the clubbed seals dismiss anything said about him as either “a lie” or “even if it is true, he does so much good for Scientology that he gets a pass on anything.”
To persuade the faithful to support the church (and by extension keep him in power), Miscavige is using a three-part strategy which is quite simple to explain:
1. Convince the faithful he is doing what LRH wanted and expected.
Of course, he is not, but he simply asserts repeatedly that he is carrying out LRH intention and people buy it.
One trick is to put labels on things that sound “on Source” and then keep repeating them ad nauseum:
“Ideal Orgs” — as if this is based on the Ideal Orgs PL;
“The Basics” — they are LRH books so who can argue with that? Never mind it cross ordered all other Bridge progress;
“The Golden Age of Tech” — which was no such thing, merely invented drills to create robot auditors but its a catchy title that evokes “on Sourciness”;
“Planetary Dissemination Campaigns” — sounds like its patterned on the PL of the same name. It isn’t;
“The International Association of Scientologists” – who could disagree with that concept? LRH had a membership organization…
It is a clever ruse. Cloak everything in terminology that sounds “On Source” and nobody questions it as to do so would be “squirrel” and “counter-intention.”
He has also falsely positioned himself as being the one “anointed” by LRH as his “successor” and this has also been said often enough in conjunction with repeating his virtuous record of “doing what LRH wanted” that today the clubbed seals buy it without a second thought. Pat and Annie Broeker are erased from history. Corporate checks and balances have been systematically unmocked.
2. Have something VISIBLE to show.
He cannot show rooms full of students or graduations or stats, so it is buildings and ethereal type “attacks” on the “enemies of mankind”– psychs, lack of education in far off lands, relief for victims of disasters, drug abuse etc.
These are smoke and mirrors “photoshopped reality”. Video teams sent out to “document” events that are staged ONLY for the video. Buildings bought and renovated and opened and re-opened for photo ops. Once the lights and cameras are gone they carry on their morgue-like existences.
3. And finally, a self-fulfilling mantra, also “based on” an LRH reference.
“We MUST be expanding because look at how its driving “the squirrels” crazy.” This may be the best sleight of hand of all.
The more outcry there is about the abuses being perpetrated in the church, the more it PROVES that everything is hunky dory in the Land of Oz. True cult think. It goes beyond the ordinary labels used by fundamentalists of every stripe when confronted by opposition to their behavior “those who criticize us are doing satan’s work.” It has the added Catch 22 twist that is absolute genius: “Satan (squirrels) KNOWS we are about to triumph over evil (clear the planet), so the fact they are upset with us is PROOF of our success ajnd that we are near to achieving our goal.” And thus everyone who utters a criticism or disagrees with the abuses becomes a target – cut off and declared (a “squirrel”). And that too PROVES expansion — the more who complain and are declared squirrels, the greater the expansion must be!
The Wizard of Oz pulling levers behind the green curtain is being played out in real life. The special effects have gotten better, but the story is the same.