. . . and they do just great in the third world countries but as you point out, the broad masses of the people in the 3rd world can not afford services, any services at all. Even a simple comm course is probably 1 to 2 months pay in those countries.
I'm not up on the current CofS policies regarding international pricing. Wouldn't it be the case that the rates *for locals* would somewhat match the local cost of living? I know there used to be a problem with auditing rates being cheaper in, say, South Africa, and so Americans would jet to Johannesburg for 100 hours of auditing or something. It even used to happen when I was at Saint Hill. Before the prices started going up (LRH ED 284 16 Sept 1976 The Solution to Inflation [Ho Ho]) 12 1/2 hours auditing cost £75 [around $150-$175 then], Academy Levels 0-IV plus free Student Hat cost £200 total and had done for years. We used to get loads of public from the US and Europe, keen to get both cheap prices and enjoy services out in the country as opposed to the middle of a city.
At one time if someone visited from another country they had to pay the rates of the country they came from.
Anyone know the current policy the CofS is operating on in this regard?
I know that DM isn't interested in 100,000 natives doing the comm course and never being able to afford Flag Services, beyond the PR value in a video shown to people who do have the cash for Flag services.