I think we read two different books!
The Indies are free to reject ANY policy letter, bulletin or advice from Hubbard, including KSW 1. And more power to them! Cults depend on dogmatic, slavish devotion and literal interpretation for their survival. Get rid of the dogmatic approach, get rid of the cult.
Thankfully we're free to reject all that stuff. But rejecting KSW would clearly be out-KSW. And clearly Hubbard intended that KSW be applied as given, and literally.
Hubbard said:SPECIAL MESSAGE
THE FOLLOWING POLICY LETTER MEANS WHAT IT SAYS.
IT WAS TRUE IN 1965 WHEN I WROTE IT. IT WAS TRUE IN 1970 WHEN I HAD IT REISSUED. I AM REISSUING IT NOW, IN 1980, TO AVOID AGAIN SLIPPING BACK INTO A PERIOD OF OMITTED AND QUICKIED FUNDAMENTAL GRADE CHART ACTIONS ON CASES, THEREBY DENYING GAINS AND THREATENING THE VIABILITY OF SCIENTOLOGY AND OF ORGS. SCIENTOLOGY WILL KEEP WORKING ONLY AS LONG AS YOU DO YOUR PART TO KEEP IT WORKING BY APPLYING THIS POLICY LETTER.
WHAT I SAY IN THESE PAGES HAS ALWAYS BEEN TRUE, IT HOLDS TRUE TODAY, IT WILL STILL HOLD TRUE IN THE YEAR 2000 AND IT WILL CONTINUE TO HOLD TRUE FROM THERE ON OUT.
NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE IN SCIENTOLOGY, ON STAFF OR NOT, THIS POLICY LETTER HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH YOU.
Hubbard, L. R. (1965, 7 February). Keeping Scientology Working.
I'd be interested in how you read this quote from Rathbun's book:
Rathbun said:For the past three years, I have been working with a growing network of independent Scientologists to apply Hubbard’s ultimate remedy. That is, for the first time in the 60-plus-year history of the subject we are breaking the monopoly by protecting and proliferating the use of Scientology independently. Only in this independent field is Scientology being applied as originally intended, for the sole purpose of increasing the self-determinism, the spiritual awareness and abilities of those it is applied to.
Rathbun, Mark 'Marty' (2012-06-24). What Is Wrong With Scientology?: Healing Through Understanding
I would think that "protecting and proliferating the use of Scientology...as originally intended" would sound very enticing to exiting Scientologists, implying as it does that Rathbun and the Indies are selling and delivering a viable, safe and "standard" alternative to the RTC Bridge, as directed by Hubbard in policy letters, bulletins, advices, etc. At least some of Rathbun's Indie followers promote that they sell and deliver the entire Scientology Bridge. But without KSW, for example, that would be a false claim, wouldn't it?