I predict that thanks to ever-increasing scrutiny of the cult from the media and other sources, more and more people will be forewarned against becoming involved in it. People who would otherwise have fallen victim to the cult will be inoculated against it -- immune. They'll never become involved. The money they would otherwise have been conned out of will never be deposited in the cult's coffers. The cult is heavily dependent upon income from "new public." Its revenues will decline. In response, the rapacious criminals running the cult will try to wring more money out of their current victims. This will generate revenue over the short term, but will have the long term effect of driving those people out of the cult at a greater rate than they would otherwise leave. Furthermore, the loss of "new public" will also deplete the pool of potential Sea Org recruits. The cult depends on slave labor to operate. The attrition rate among Sea Org members is pretty high. The cult is constantly trying to recruit new victims to replace the people who have wised up and ditched the cult, or simply routed out of the Sea Org. If the cult cannot maintain its staff of slaves, the effectiveness of its various organizations will deteriorate, which in turn will lead to even fewer people being suckered into the cult. Welcome to the death spiral. The cult won't be dead at the end of 2017, but it will be weaker, more vulnerable, and more desperate.