Today in Radical Corporate Scientology, the modus operandi is “do what I do, not what I say (or what LRH says)”. “Command Intention” trumps everything — policy, tech, common sense and common decency.
Which is why fundraising has become the primary activity in the Scientology world. Ideal Orgs. Super Power Building. IAS. Library Campaign. Planetary Dissemination. Psychbusting. The list goes on, in the face of specific and repeated policy forbidding it.
As a result, now you see prominent “OT Committee” members following the “Ideal Org” pattern to raise funds for their local “community group.” Not real surprise, after all, the “OT Ambassadors” are Miscavige’s “boots on the ground” in his war on bank accounts. So, he sends them off to get money for “Ideal Orgs” with the threat that he will only release OT IX and X when there is a new multi-million dollar palace for all orgs on earth. And as every stone in sight has been sucked dry seeking even a single drop of blood, the techniques have become increasingly bizarre in inverse proportion to their desperation. You can find the bizarre dress up games and exploits of the Ideal Org fundraisers all over the internet.
But here apparently, the irony of this effort is entirely lost on OT Ambassador Kim Payne.
Lacking the wherewithal for their project, they are charging people to be informed how to “remedy any scarcity” and “handle financial problems.”
It makes one wonder if the secret of the seminar is to “hold seminars and charge others for you to tell them to hold seminars and get others to pay you….” sort of a “seminar Ponzi scheme”? Really, who would want to attend a seminar about remedying any scarcity of funds conducted by people promoting their scarcity of funds?
This pitch is reminiscent of the classic from the IAS — also said with a straight face: “become a patron and your financial problems will be solved because I know someone that became a patron and their income 3Xed.”
Here is the frightfully unironic email:
From: Kim Payne
Sent: March 20, 2013 2:05 PM
Subject: Prosperity & Havingness A Seminar with Drew Johnston – Hosted
by Pat Clouden
Prosperity & Havingness – A Seminar with Drew Johnston – Hosted by Pat
Sunday, March 24, 2013
10:00agfm to 2:00pm
at the new Community Learning Center
Lunch will be served
Here’s What You’ll Get
Find out the remedy for any scarcity
Learn how to expand your havingness
Get effective data on how to handle financial problems
Determine your security in the future
Find out the purpose and use of Financial Planning
Help Us Complete the New Building
Your $50 donation for this event goes directly to the renovations!
We are on the brink of completing the new Community Learning Center
and thus ushering in a new, bright and brilliant era in education for
Pinellas County. Through the implementation of the most effective
learning technology on the planet, more children than ever will be
helped to maximize the astounding potential that each one has.
It’s only a $50 donation for lunch and the seminar!
Call or Email
To register by phone or email, contact Kathy Wach at the following:
The New Community Learning Center Building
1411 N. Fort Harrison
I do not know what the “Community Learning Center” is, but it sounds alarmingly like it might be a “replacement” for the Life Force Arts and Technology Applied Scholastics school that was the subject of a series of articles in the Tampa Bay Times and eventually closed down after ripping off hundreds of thousands and producing terrible results. It was a mile or so away from this new Learning Center.
Perhaps the strategy here is to do as Narconon London has done.
Narconon London filed bankruptcy in part to avoid having to return illegally obtained Advanced Payments for undelivered services (a percentage of which was sent to NN Int, ABLE Int and ultimately the church). They now claim that “Narconon International has limited any liability for Narconon London” — and they are forming a “new corporation” without the “debts and obligations” of the old one. In other words, we are not delivering what we promised, we are just folding our tent and hiding behind legal tricks to avoid our responsibilities.
While the church routinely takes credit for its massive “anti-drug and drug rehabilitation programs” and that there are “millions of students being helped by Mr. Hubbard’s technology of study” — I can almost quote you what Miscavige says at virtually EVERY event and what you see throughout the official church website. But as soon as anything goes wrong in any of these entities, the church suddenly has NOTHING to do with them and absolutely no responsibility or liability. But this too is a pattern of the RCS and of Miscavige personally: take credit for anything good and distance yourself, ignore and/or blame others for anything bad.
This is “living in the bubble” where everything you say is right, no matter what facts or evidence contradicts it. That sort of arrogance never survives for long. As those in the bubble grow more distant from reality, so too their survival potential.