I can only hope they start losing so many members that they are below where they were last year. But, I wonder how many there would be if I were somehow to be able to throw out the faked time slips and the ones that the hounders wrote up in behalf of people that did not turn in a time slip for the months indicated.
Of course, I believe that they already have more than 7 million members that are active, irregular, or inactive but still could go back without much trouble. The trick is getting them all to turn in reports in the same month. What they do to reduce this "float" is to start aggressively hounding all those who are irregular or inactive, and bringing them into the Hell. Then they beat them into going out in service and then reporting the time on time. This will reduce the "float", and give the illusion that the numbers are growing when in fact all they did was to bring in those who are irregular and force them into activity.
Plus, they are killing off all the escapes. They demonize the Internet, claiming that it is full of lies. They are cracking down on college. They have cracked down on independent Bible studies and using independent sources to verify the accuracy of Watchtower doctrine, even if the sources are not apostate. And now they are telling people not to believe mainstream news sources that have exposing articles against the Tower. That is going to prevent the mass exodus just before the Kool-Aid Puketowers start rolling out. What they really want is to stabilize the numbers, preventing a crash that happens when a scam is exposed.
Beyond that, I don't think they have much left. I remember when they pushed to get a million publishers for the US, calculating that they could do it if every irregular and reactivateable inactive publisher went out during that month. They got their million, but they failed to progress much past this. And they had to do a lot of hounding of people that had been previously left alone, often for 10 years or more, to do it.
I would like to start seeing more Bible studies start doing more research. I suggest at least three independent sources, with at least one on each side. However, I know it's difficult to find an independent source that is pro-JW, and it is going to get a lot harder now that they are cracking down on Witlesses who are promoting on the Internet. So, I will modify this and say that people should just find three or more independent sources regardless of which side they are on, and notice how few the pro sources are for this subject. That ought to be a hint that there is little or no good, and a lot of bad, about the Witlesses.