I had intense exposure to what was going on way back in 1973 as a S.O. member. I have often wondered about how the S. O. was doing in much more recent times. Your survey is very comprehensive and full of interesting and enlightening data. Most of the material is completely new to me.
I highlighted in blue your comment about them never "tanking". It looks like they are very strongly entrenched. Even so, if they lost their religious exemption and had to pay their work force minimum wage and time and a half for overtime, plus the normal taxes and benefits which a non religious employer must pay, do you thing having to do that would threaten their existence or could they just steamroller their way through it?
Do you have any idea how they might compensate for having to deal with such a problem?
I am starting to see C of S now as a medium sized business run by just one businessman, dictatorial style. There is one C.O.B. who is a dictator and no Board of Directors but only aides who must back up the head man. Supporting the top man and his aides are about 5,000 staff members, nearly all of whom work for a very small stipend.
This team of management and employees service a field of perhaps 35,000 to 50,000 active members. In addition to these hardcore members there are probably several hundred thousand people who have purchased a book or attended a lecture or course of some sort. All of these people constitute their field and for PR reasons, a figure of 10 million is tossed around as the size of the membership. That figure must continually increase per policy, especially since Int Management continuosly asserts that highest evers are occuring in all the key stats. In a year or two, they will be claiming 12 million and the figure will keep growing over the decades regardless of what their actual size truly is.
Meanwhile, their focus has changed away from spiritual counseling and seems to now be focusing more on land and building aquisition as a means to achieve, preserve and grow their wealth.