Well a lot of water has passed down the toilet since I worked with him (and that was brief). I don't think that he is below average in intelligence but I also don;t think he is in any sort of gifted territory either.
In one area he does seem to have great intelligence is in manipulating the power lines and groupings of totalitarian organizations. He really did know how to work it.
But to be honest, even until now I have never figured out what he is aiming toward. I think - and this is my opinion only - he felt that he was the only one who could really see what needed to be done to keep scientology moving forward. I think that initially his ham fisted tough guy approach was probably what was needed - But after that phase passed - he really had nothing else to fall back on and he really has been winging it ever since. I suspect (without proof) that there may be an attorney or two whom he listens to - there is someone or someones whose opinions he listens to or at least he bounces his ideas off.
I don't think that his driving force is squeezing the faithful, I think he sees himself as "Ozymandias" - and I leave the reader to look up the reference.
"The central theme of "Ozymandias" is contrasting the inevitable decline of all leaders and of the empires they build with their pretensions to greatness.[SUP]"
which of course is the same with LRH,
and which falls back to the 3 means of persuasion from Aristotle, and the one in particular is "ethos", or appeal to persuade from the DM's character or greatness, or reputation, or PR,
One can tell of his "ethos" from a lie or truth, and convince people to the truth or lie.
And where did we fail, by,
by not researching the truth of DM's training, competence, etc.
Substitute DM with LRH, and you got the same thing.
Or in other words, we never did a due diligence on LRH nor DM.
Why, it's all a mystery. LOL
Until actual people like you Mick, have told their story. And only then can we compare and view the words vs the actions. [/SUP]