The Truth Rundown the title a series of articles presented in the Tampa Bay Times back in 2009 is actually the name of a rundown developed by L Ron Hubbard in the early 1980’s to handle a person’s tendency to accept Black Propaganda and to reveal the truth.
Yet the truth is that like so many technical actions in Church of Scientology these days it has been altered or as we say “squirreled” by the busy little rodents in RTRC the name within the Church’s hierarchy assigned the duty of compiling and more recently “research” a job that was once only done by Hubbard himself.
The reason why he personally researched the subject himself is simply stated in the following paragraphs of his most famous (or notorious to some) Keeping Scientology Working:
In all the years I have been engaged in research I have kept my comm lines wide open for research data. I once had the idea that a group could evolve truth. A third of a century has thoroughly disabused me of that idea. Willing as I was to accept suggestions and data, only a handful of suggestions (less than twenty) had long-run value and none were major or basic; and when I did accept major or basic suggestions and used them, we went astray and I repented and eventually had to “eat crow”.
On the other hand there have been thousands and thousands of suggestions and writings which, if accepted and acted upon, would have resulted in the complete destruction of all our work as well as the sanity of pcs. So I know what a group of people will do and how insane they will go in accepting unworkable “technology”. By actual record the percentages are about twenty to 100,000 that a group of human beings will dream up bad technology to destroy good technology. As we could have gotten along without suggestions, then, we had better steel ourselves to continue to do so now that we have made it. This point will, of course, be attacked as “unpopular”, “egotistical” and “undemocratic”. It very well may be. But it is also a survival point. And I don’t see that popular measures, self-abnegation and democracy have done anything for Man but push him further into the mud. Currently, popularity endorses degraded novels, self-abnegation has filled the South East Asian jungles with stone idols and corpses, and democracy has given us inflation and income tax.
Our technology has not been discovered by a group. True, if the group had not supported me in many ways I could not have discovered it either. But it remains that if in its formative stages it was not discovered by a group, then group efforts, one can safely assume, will not add to it or successfully alter it in the future. I can only say this now that it is done. There remains, of course, group tabulation or co-ordination of what has been done, which will be valuable – only so long as it does not seek to alter basic principles and successful applications.
The contributions that were worthwhile in this period of forming the technology were help in the form of friendship, of defense, of organization, of dissemination, of application, of advices on results and of finance. These were great contributions and were, and are, appreciated. Many thousands contributed in this way and made us what we are. Discovery contribution was not however part of the broad picture.
We will not speculate here on why this was so or how I came to rise above the bank. We are dealing only in facts and the above is a fact – the group left to its own devices would not have evolved Scientology but with wild dramatization of the bank called “new ideas” would have wiped it out. Supporting this is the fact that Man has never before evolved workable mental technology and emphasizing it is the vicious technology he did evolve – psychiatry, psychology, surgery, shock treatment, whips, duress, punishment, etc, ad infinitum.
Agree or disagree. The fact is that this is the way the old man wanted it and the reason why is clearly stated in the above citation and is pretty much proven by the release of “Golden Age of Tech” a derivative of “Scientology Technology” devised by the squirrels at RTRC who in 1996 like a bunch of Maoists created a “cultural revolution” inside the Church of Scientology beginning with a reeducation program that even included auditors who were personally trained by the Old Man himself.
More can be said and will be said about this but suffice it to say that some of us who had originally been trained in Standard Tech objected to these communist like reeducation efforts by the current management of the Church.
Those of us who objected too vocally such as myself were either purged or introduced to the “Truth Rundown”.
As I wrote earlier the Truth Rundown was originally developed by Ron himself to handle actual Black Propaganda but now with the new Scientology Junta or Coup firmly in command its purpose was twisted or altered to gain compliance from their less than complaint staff and field auditors.
In other words the “Truth Rundown” was basically used as a psyop to counter an unruly field.