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Chris Shelton explains why Scientology is in a management death spiral

Chris_SheltonWe’ve really enjoyed the explanatory videos put together by Chris Shelton, a former Scientology Sea Org worker who left the church only recently.

We’re happy to premiere his newest effort, a lengthy but fascinating look at Scientology’s management — how it’s supposed to work, and why it isn’t.

There’s some great history here, and perhaps the clearest, most easy to understand telling of how David Miscavige took over the Church of Scientology in the 1980s.

It seems to us that Chris has put together something that not only helps outsiders understand Scientology’s byzantine layers of management, but also helps the people still inside that structure understand why things are going so badly.

As he says early in the film, “By the end of this video you will understand more about how Scientology operates than people who are in it.”

He’s sure right about that. Set aside some time, and let Chris Shelton explain why Scientology is doomed…



Links of Note

Once again, Australian journalists show a much better grasp of Scientology than their American counterparts with a hilarious piece about a wealthy farmer who was giving away hundreds of thousands of dollars to Scientology while his business was going under for not paying taxes. Our readers understand how simple it is to look up things like a Scientologist’s involvement in the church or how much money they’ve donated, if you just know where to look. If only American media cared enough to bother.

The Daily Mail gives the Underground Bunker a nice shout-out as it picks up the story of Mary Sue Hubbard’s house going on sale in Los Angeles.

Also, the Friendly Atheist, Hemant Mehta, does a great job taking apart The Way to Happiness, L. Ron Hubbard’s silly book of ethical truisms.


Posted by Tony Ortega on August 25, 2014 at 07:00

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  • Sunny Sands

    There’s a large front-page article in the Tampa Bay Times this morning by Joe Childs on Narconon.

    Scientology-related Narconon rehab center may have violated law

    • NOLAGirl

      Thanks for the link Sunny. I do love me some Joe Childs.

    • aquaclara

      Music to my ears. Thanks, Sunny.

  • Missionary Kid

    I’m assuming that Tony is either preparing a scoop for us or is busy verifying a story before he posts it.

    • Jimmy3

      I’m assuming one of the cats replaced today’s post with cat gifs and Tony is busy re-typing it.

  • Great Video Chris, VERY informative. All I can say is wow!

  • Thomas Weeks

    That was actually much more informative that reading the OEC volumes.

  • Cushty Juvil

    Chris, that was an amazing job that you did explaining the history and structure of Scientology. I really enjoy your videos. I have not been a commentator here but I learn so much about what is going on day-to-day in and out of Scientology. I had been introduced through a friend who had a most unusual event happen to her while trying to be recruited, and I did not believe her. Fast forward a few years later, I naively checked out a base after googling Scientology and ultimately was chased off after taking a picture and nearly ran over. Needless to say I went out and read every book written by former Scientologists and wished I read them BEFORE being chased from what I now know is Int Base. Interestingly, I drive by the CST base very frequently and I notice less people around. Did you know that you can see the road and part of the base from Lake Arrowhead Web Cams? It’s the Lake Gregory cam. I just can’t fathom what is going on behind those gates. And across the street. Can anyone enlighten me on why Scientology bought that place? It just seems so strange.

  • Pepper

    Thanks Chris for another great video! I had to listen to it more than once and am glad I did. I love what you said at the end – to just walk away. Sage advice.

  • Skabetti

    Wow. I watched it from beginning to end. I wonder if David-Mr.-Cabbage will see this. I hope the parishioners do. “Absolute power corrupts absolutely. “