Former Scientologist Brian Ambry takes a sharp yet thoughtful poke at L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology in Ivy Magazine in May of 1999. Below are some samples of the topics that he wrote about. Brian is also credited with doing the main research for author Bent Corydon’s L. Ron Hubbard, Messiah or Madman?.
During the last two decades Scientology has been doing their best to rewrite the history of Hubbard. His first wife Polly has been effectively written out of their newer biographies of this “Great humanitarian.” In fact as time goes on less and less is said about any of his three wives. But Gerry Armstrong brought certain things into evidence at his trial that can’t be kept hidden under the carpet anymore. Here is a part of a letter to her from August, 1938.
“Living is a pretty grim joke, but a joke just the same. The entire function of man is to survive. Not for ‘what’ but just to survive… I turned the thing up, so it’s up to me to survive in a big way. Personal immortality is only to be gained through the printed word, barred note or painted canvas or hard granite. Foolishly perhaps, but determined nonetheless, I have high hopes of smashing my name into history so violently that it will take a legendary form even if all the books are destroyed. That goal is the real goal as far as I am concerned. Things which stand too consistently in my way make me nervous. It’s a pretty big job. In a hundred years Roosevelt will have been forgotten, which gives some idea of the magnitude of my attempt. And all this boils and froths inside my head.”
Indeed, there was a lot of froth in the pate of Hubbard. Below Brian tells about a book that few Scientologists now own.
Brainwashing Manual Tech
Starting in the mid 1960s, L. Ron Hubbard began to incorporate the basics of his 1955 Brainwashing Manual into the subject of Scientology. The Manual details methods for, “asserting by maintaining dominion over the thoughts and loyalties of individuals ” Many of these same methods can be found in modern Scientology policy and tech; most noticeably, in “Ethics” tech , Sea Organization tech, and in the Rehabilitation Project Force tech. few of today’s Scientologists have ever seen the Brainwashing Manual, but it influences their lives daily. The Brainwashing Manual was written secretly by Hubbard to be used as a public distribution propaganda piece, with the purpose of identifying psychiatry with the Russian communists, and the positioning of Dianetics in a good light. . .
Hubbard made his teachings complicated enough to keep the young rabbits busy while he extracted their money or stole their labor. In this maze it took all of your time just to live day-to-day; you never have time to wonder if this was really based on anything other than one man’s desire to become rich and powerful.
Scientology is Multi-Layered
Scientology is multi-layered and compartmentalized. (“PR is overt. Intelligence is covert.” PR Series #7) For example, the essay What is Greatness? (which extols loving one’s enemies) is basically a PR piece. Hubbard’s “in-organization” and confidential writings during that same period make very clear what his actual views and policies were towards “enemies.” And it wasn’t “love.” Even the PR tech is multi-layered. In publicized statements regarding the subject of Public Relations, Hubbard emphasizes the importance of “truth” in PR. It is usually overlooked that this means “truth” according to L. Ron Hubbard. (One such “truth” is, “Critical of LRH or Scientology = Hidden crimes.”) Official prepackaged Scientology PR “truths,” and “False Report Correction packs,” are available, in case anyone has any doubt about what the “truth” is. A little further along, in nonpublic and confidential writings, it turns out that the main problem with fabrication and manipulation is a practical one: These things need to be done tactfully, skillfully, and with “flair,” or can “recoil.” The bottom line is, can you get away with it? Will it achieve the desired end? Will it work? One needs to make certain that any PR or Propaganda line, black propaganda line, emotional “button pushing,” or any other “gimmick” used, be effective long enough for the attainment of the desired objective. If it then “recoils” somewhat, at least one is in a stronger position (having gained new “ground”) to deal with that PR “flap.” Only the “nice” portion . . .
As Hubbard got older his writings showed less imagination and more savage attacks on doubters in the ranks.
Exploiting the Positives – The Cheese in the Trap.
Amongst the “Armstrong trial” materials are the 1930s and 40s era self-hypnotic “Affirmations.” Two key themes of Hubbard’s Affirmations are the right to lie, and the right to be ruthless. One Affirmation ends by declaring: “All Mankind shall grovel at my feet and not know why.” Fortunately, determining why is not nearly as important as determining what. One can put aside all speculation as to why, and is still left with the task of examining the actual doctrine, and the actual documented history of Hubbard and his organization. It was mostly during the 1950s that what is best in Scientology came into being. This is perhaps a reflection of what was best in L. Ron Hubbard. During the 1960s the “war” philosophy and methodology were reemphasized and reasserted in what was an increasingly secretive subject. And, in addition to being in a state of covert “war” with the outside world, Hubbard seems to have been at “war” with his own followers.
To read the full article go here: http://www.freewebs.com/slyandtalledgy/Scientology%20Sly%20and%20Tall%20Edgy%20-%20Brian%20Ambry.pdf
For more on Polly Grubb go here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Grubb