Martin Luther

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What’s Wrong With the Church, Part 2: Crush Regging

Apparently, anyone who has been on lines for any part of the last decade or more has been exposed to “crush regging” for the Super Power building, Ideal Org buildings, Basics library packages, and/or any of a number of other projects. Such regging has been a continuing practice, quite in addition to, and sometimes in lieu of regging for services and freeloader debt payments.

Crush regging has a long history in the Church. It’s not something new. And the point where “hard selling” becomes “crush regging” is a matter of opinion. However, there are ample examples where the failure of a public to come across with cash for whatever project is being promoted has resulted in a trip to Ethics, or the barring of a public from further progress up the Bridge. There isn’t any need to consult policy on this point. The whole purpose of Orgs is to get public up the Bridge (both sides) quickly and standardly. It really can’t be argued that this kind of thing facilitates that purpose, no matter what’s being regged for. But it is worth digging further into what is being pushed. Particularly crush regging for new buildings and the Super Power building.

There are three aspects to this. The first is the regging for buildings which are extremely posh, and possibly beyond the ability of their orgs to support. You’ve seen the mock-ups at events; you’ve read about them in the magazines covering international events by the Church. The posh carpets, the posh floors, the expansive public spaces, etc. Aside from his own residences, Ron was involved, directly or indirectly in the late 50s through the early 70s in the purchase of buildings for the purpose of housing various Orgs. The buildings purchased or directed to be purchased by Ron during those periods were not posh. This includes his own residences. Ron intended these buildings to be functional, in good repair and clean. That’s all. Ron didn’t live like a king, and he didn’t expect Orgs to be housed in posh castles. In fact, Orgs were directed not to purchase buildings which cost more than 15% of their current gross income to rent or purchase.

The second aspect of this is that Ron directed Orgs to reg for services, not buildings. The intent was for Orgs to deliver superior services in volume to their publics, and thereby be able to afford new and larger quarters as the need for them arose. Separate regging for buildings outside of service donations was forbidden. As a practical matter, Ron found that an Org promoting and delivering standard technology in volume would fill up with public, and be perfectly capable of affording new quarters when they had too much delivery for their existing buildings.

Incidentally, if you read up on what Ron had to say about “Ideal Orgs”, you will find very little what kind of buildings they are housed in, but a great deal about the quality and quantity of delivery. Those were the benchmarks of an Ideal Org.

The third aspect of this a little different and more subtle. It involves the Super Power building. Super Power was first announced in 1978. When first announced, it was intended that its delivery begin within a matter of weeks from its announcement. It was announced with great fanfare and was intended to be instrumental (if not vital) in rapidly clearing this planet. Yet here we are, more than 30 years later, with this vital rundown still undelivered. At the time, there was no “Super Power Building”. Nor, as far as we know, was one on the drawing board. Nor, as far as we know, was there such a building due to be purchased. So how could it be delivered within a matter of weeks from the rundown’s announcement? Assuming, of course, that it required its own building in order to be delivered. Incidentally, Ron never mentioned, in the original announcement, anything about the need for a special building in order to deliver the rundown.

The answer, here, in case it’s not obvious, is that there never was a need for a special “Super Power Building” in order to deliver this rundown. So instantly you see the lie in crush regging people to donate for the construction of it. Almost as obvious is the fact that donations have been solicited for years and years, and yet the building across from the Ft. Harrison, meant to deliver the rundown, is still not complete. I worked in the construction business for many years. It doesn’t take that long to build a building of this size. Not even a posh one like this.

But let’s look at this from another angle. Let’s say you were an SP and wanted to throttle Scientology’s ability to rapidly clear the planet (something a real SP would subscribe to). And let’s say you knew there was a rundown which would materially speed up the clearing of the planet. That would be a prime target, wouldn’t it? Wouldn’t you try to figure out a way to slow or stop that rundown from being delivered? The answer is obvious. Of course you would.

Now let’s look at one more piece of this. Any time you have a push for something, and yet it doesn’t get done, there must, obviously, be a counter-intention just as large to keep it from happening. If you hit the accelerator on your car to make it go, but your car just sits there, it’s a sure bet you’re either up against a wall or holding your other foot on the brake to keep the car from going. This idea is one recommended by Ron for use by Ethics Officers. If there is intention in one direction but no appreciable movement in that direction, look for the counter-intention of comparable magnitude. It will be there somewhere.

At the time of the original LRH announcement of the Super Power Rundown, there was considerable enthusiasm for it among staff and public. Yet here we are, over 30 years later, and still no delivery. That fact alone indicates counter-intention towards its delivery. The introduction of the prerequisite of a special building for it is a visible sign of that counter-intention, particularly considering the delay in the opening of the building. It’s worth remembering here that, at no time in the past has counter-intention from outside the Church been particularly effective at stopping or slowing our progress in any area. It is almost exclusively the case that all effective blocking of our progress has been done from inside the Church.

Add to this the fact that crush regging for Ideal Org buildings and such actually diverts money which could and should have been spent by public on services, toward something which does not in the least improve service to the public. Here we have another indicator of suppression on the lines of Orgs. And not because some external force demands us to have new, posh buildings.

By now, it should be clear that the “crush regging” which has been going on is suppressive. It is designed to slow or stop the progress of public up the Bridge, and prevent the release of Super Power, a rundown originally intended to rapidly increase of speed of planetary clearing.


Lecture: The Genus of Scientology Anatomy of the Human Mind Congress, 31 December 1960

HCO PL 23 September 1970 Quarters, Policy RegardingHistorical

HCO PL Org Ethics and Tech

HCO PL 24 February 1964 Issue II Org Programming

HCO PL 12 March 75 Issue II The Ideal Org


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