That's a very good analysis, Elsewhere.
Perhaps the corporate structure cuts both ways. While it saves them from making most
sudden mistakes ( remember the voluntary donation arrangement?), it also prevents effective
response. Witness kids leave en mass - and they do nothing. The internet exposes their
secrets and disproves their doctrines - and they do nothing. Joe Publisher gets tired
and depressed - and they cut assembly food, subscriptions, literature, and printing.
The Soviet Union had a strongly collective leadership - and it didn't save them.