Way back when I started this blog my intention was to add my own perspective or viewpoint to the cacophony of opinions about the subject, the founder and the organization. Over time I realized that I was just another voice in the wilderness and then I had an epiphany and that was “what’s the point?”.
Scientology is according to the person who developed it an “applied philosophy” which means one applies it and finds through their own personal observation whether it works for them or not.
In 1950 Ron wrote a book entitled Dianetics the Modern Science of Health. Part I contains the theory behind the subject and Part II is how to apply Dianetics to another.
Hard to believe that when the book was released it was called the “poor man’s psychotherapy” but it was true. For a few dollars one could get a copy of the or even borrow it from the library and for little or no cost at all form what was called a “co-audit” that is a group of two or more applying the techniques known as “auditing” to each other.
I recommend that anyone who is truly seriously interested in the subject beyond a mere dilettantish novel interest buy, beg, borrow or steal a copy of this book which is also available for download from various “independent Scientologists” websites and try it out for themselves.
Today’s article is about politics.
What does Scientology or Dianetics say about politics?
POLITICS, FREEDOM FROM
(Originally written by LRH as Sec ED 56 Int, 14 June 65. Issued as an HCO PL on 10 Jan. 68.)
- I hereby declare Scientology to be nonpolitical and nonideological.
- Politics and ideology may be no part of any decision to train or process individuals, and any such interrogation shall cease to be a part of any ap- plication for training, processing or membership.
- This does not change any policy relating to suppressive persons. It does de- lete any words in any form which seek to bring about a statement of political allegiance or antagonism.
- It must be kept in mind and brought forward emphatically that Scientology does not work in the absence of official control and, no matter who sought to use its principles, has uniformly failed in the hands of non-Scientologists and organizations not controlled by the Central Organizations of Scientology or myself.
- The reason for this declaration is the consistent disaster visited upon her “allies” by the United States government and the efforts of that government since 1955, stepped up since 1963, to seize Scientology in the United States rather than forbid or stop it and the role played by the United States in in- spiring the Victorian State attacks in Australia. Scientology technology is no longer offered to the United States government in any effort to assist her in political ends. Our participation extends only to our willingness to process US officials as individuals unconnected with their political aims, if as individuals they are not debarred by other existing policies relating to treating the insane or our ethics system.
- All statements attacking any political entity or ideology are hereby with- drawn and cancelled in any lectures or literature.
- Scientologists may be members of any political group on this planet without restraint only so long as these individuals or that group do not attempt to seize Scientology for their own warlike ends and so make it unworkable or distasteful by invidious connection.
- Scientology is for a free people and is itself on this date declared free of any political connection or allegiance of any kind whatever.
L. RON HUBBARD Founder
Technically this is what he had to say about various political philosophies:
Here is a scale taken from Excalibur from memory. Excalibur was an unpublished book written in the very late 1930s. Only fragments of it remain.
By placing it against the Tone Scale developed at the end of 1950, certain current political philosophies are better estimated. By then looking up these tone characteristics in Science of Survival much can be learned and the ideologies are thus made easier to predict or handle.
SOCIAL DEMOCRACY 2.0
The cycle of a nation goes on a descending spiral down this scale.
Those two tones apart are not likely to fight. Those a tone apart fight seldom. Those a half tone apart are in continual conflict.
As this was worked out before World War II it is quite remarkable to see how true it has held. And how each one has taken something from its neighbors.
I will not go into what lies above democracy except that Man is trying with his ideologies to solve mainly the problem of succession. History has seen other government forms work far more ideally than those named but in none of these could one guarantee succession of the beneficial rule. Thus adherents to all forms of ideology can be made to agree that “benign monarchy“ is an excellent form of government. But they discard it because a truly good benign monarch is not necessarily succeeded by one in the next reign.
Few governments exist in pure form. (Note there are no major governments at this writing above Social Democracy.)
L. RON HUBBARD
HCO BULLETIN OF 17 MARCH 1969
The book recommended here is Science of Survival which was written one year after Dianetics the Modern Science of Mental Health which goes into greater detail in what in Scientology is called the “Tone Scale”.
As anyone knows unless they live in a cave the two major parties here in the US are the Republicans and the Democrats. At one time they were just one party known Democratic Republican Party which opposed the Federalist Party set up by Alexander Hamilton who supported a Centralized Banking system somewhat similar to what we know as the Federal Reserve today.
Somewhere along the line the Democratic Republicans split like an amoeba and became two separate parties while the old Federalist Party fell into obscurity.
The main issue that divided the two was the issue of slavery which seems ironic since the Republican Party is accused of being a bunch of racists.
Another issue written by Ron may explain how this came about:
THE CRIMINAL MIND
Definition: A criminal is one who is motivated by evil intentions and who has committed so many harmful overt acts that he considers such activities ordinary.
There is a datum of value in detecting overts and withholds in criminal individuals:
THE CRIMINAL ACCUSES OTHERS OF THINGS WHICH HE HIMSELF IS DOING.
As an example, the psychiatrist accuses others engaged in mental practice of harming others or worsening their condition yet the majority of psychiatrists maim and kill their patients and by record, in all history, have only worsened mental conditions. After all, that’s what they seem to be paid to do by the Government.
The psychologist accuses others of misrepresenting what they do and lobbies in legislature continually to outlaw others on the accusation of misrepresenting but there is no psychologist who doesn’t know that he himself is a fake, can accomplish nothing of value and that his certificates aren’t even worth the printing ink. The psychologist goes further: He educates little children in all the schools to believe all men are soulless animals and criminals so that when the possible day of reckoning cones and the psychologist is exposed for what he is, the population will not be the least bit surprised and will consider the psychologist is «normal.»
The psychologist accuses others of sexual irregularities when this is, actually, his entire profession.
Jack the Ripper of English fame who gruesomely murdered prostitutes now turns out to have been a medical doctor and was undoubtedly of enormous assistance to the police in pointing out «the real murderer.»
The FBI agent or executive accuses others of graft and even sets up «abscams» to manufacture the crime. But an FBI agent regularly pockets money supposed to be paid to informers and then screams to protect informer sources that do not exist.
The FBI agent is terrified of being infiltrated and accuses others of it when, as standard practice, he infiltrates groups, manufactures evidence and then gets others charged for crimes his own plants have committed.
The FBI acts like a terrorist group posing as law enforcement officers. Their targets seem to be legislators and congress and public individuals who might someday have power over public opinion such as Martin Luther King, Jr.
From all this we get another datum:
THE CRIMINAL MIND RELENTLESSLY SEEKS TO DESTROY ANYONE IT IMAGINES MIGHT EXPOSE IT.
You have to be very alert when criminals are around.
J. Edgar Hoover, who organized the present FBI and still deified by it – they have his name in huge, brass letters on Washington D.C.’s biggest thoroughfare—and that town doesn’t even have the names of former Presidents up in lights—has been shown by subsequent records to have been a blackmailer and traitor to his country. He carefully, personally, sat on the information for four months that Pearl Harbor was going to happen. Right up to the US entrance into World War II he was autographing his photo for pals in the deadly German SS. He even sacked an FBI agent (Tureau) who dared to catch some German spies.
Doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists and the Government form a tight clique. Only the Government would support such people as the public hates them.
From all this we get another datum:
INDIVIDUALS WITH CRIMINAL MINDS TEND TO BAND TOGETHER SINCE THE PRESENCE OF OTHER CRIMINALS ABOUT THEM TENDS TO PROVE THEIR OWN DISTORTED IDEAS OF MAN IN GENERAL.
It is not true that where any person accuses another of a crime the accuser is always guilty of the crime or that type of crime. But it is true that when a criminal is doing the accusing it is more than probable that the criminal is disclosing his own type of crime.
Apparently they add it up this way: «If I accuse him of robbing, then it would be assumed by others that I have not robbed a bank.» By loudly voicing a condemnation of a crime, the criminal, with a crooked think, supposes people will now suppose he is above bank robbery and won’t suspect him.
Groups like psychologists who declare as fact that all men are criminals are of course just dramatizing their own inclinations.
People assume that others have their own case. The psychologist pushes his own case off on the whole world.
Anyone researching in the mind should be very aware of this point and be sure not to do it. Subjective reality seems to then to be the only reality there is, for such people are too introverted to really know the minds and motivations of others.
When working with the criminal, one can get a very good idea of that person’s own mental state by getting him to say what other people want and do or are guilty of.
It is inconceivable to the criminal that anyone could possibly be decent or honest or do a selfless act. It would do no good whatever to try to convince him for he knows all men are like himself.
Thus one gets another datum of value:
THE CRIMINAL ONLY SEES OTHERS AS HE HIMSELF IS.
One of the reasons he does this, of course, is to justify injuring others. Because everyone else is useless, worthless, criminal, an animal and insane, why then, he reasons, it is perfectly all right to injure them.
Thus we come to another datum:
THE CRIMINAL IS NOT MUCH BENEFITED BY THE GIVING OFF OF CURRENT WITHHOLDS AND IS NOT LIKELY TO REFORM BECAUSE OF THIS.
One, therefore, has to get down to the basic evil intentions as in Expanded Dianetics.
There is another approach in that same area of technology which is finding what act the person really can take responsibility for. It is a gradient approach.
The criminal is basically so subjective that an auditor will find, in the short run, that improving the reality of such a person is needful before any effective, overall improvement is obtained through pulling withholds.
Thus TRs and 8-C and even ARC Straight Wire are indicated as first steps. If these are done, and as responsibility rises, expect that overts could begin to pop up almost of their own accord.
It is interesting that if a criminal were to face up suddenly to the enormity of his crimes he would go into degradation and self-destruction. Thus a gradient scale is definitely indicated.
As the person has more R (reality) he can take more responsibility and only then with pulling withholds can he have any real benefit.
This HCOB is simply some data on the criminal mind that might help.
At the very least it should give some understanding of why some individuals insist with such apparent conviction that all men are evil, why all men are insane, why all men are criminals.
And it also tells you how silly it is to try to argue with them. Who’s there?
The criminal mind is a bitter and unsavory subject. The percentage of criminals is relatively small but the majority of grief and turmoil in the world caused by criminals is a majority percent. Thus the criminal mind is a subject one cannot avoid in research as it is a major factor in the distortion of a culture.
It is a mind like any other mind but it has gone wrong. It is motivated by evil intentions which, even if idiotic, are greater than the possessor’s ability to reason. The criminal, even when he seems most clever, is really very, very stupid. The evil intentions get dramatized by senseless overt acts which are then withheld and the final result is a person who is more dead than alive and who faces a future so agonizing that any person would shudder at it. The criminal, in fact, has forfeited his life and any meaning to it even when he remains «uncaught» and «unpunished» for in the long run, he has caught himself and punishes himself for all eternity.No common judge can give a sentence as stiff as that. They know down deep that this is true and that is why they scream with such ferocity that men have no souls. They can’t confront the smallest part of what awaits them.
When you understand what the criminal mind consists of you can also understand how ghastly must be the feelings or lack of them with which the criminal has to live within himself and for all his days forever. He is more to be pitied than punished. Neither bold nor brave, for all his pretense, he is really just a panicky, whimpering coward inside. When he bares his breast against the bullets, he does so with the actual hope that he will be killed. But of course that doesn’t save him. He’s got an eternity of it left to go. And his scoff of any such data hides the whimper for he knows, deep down, it’s true.
Thus we have another datum:
THE CRIMINAL, NO MATTER WHAT HARM HE IS DOING TO OTHERS, IS ALSO SEEKING TO DESTROY HIMSELF. HE IS IN PROTEST AGAINST HIS OWN SURVIVAL.
If you have to work with criminals in pastoring, recognize what you are working with. He can be helped—if he will let you near him.
Fortunately, there are still a lot of decent people left in the world.
HCO BULLETIN OF 15 SEPTEMBER 1981
Actually the Democratic party during reconstruction formed the Klu Klux Klan and up until the late sixties for the most part supported segregation. Actually John F Kennedy was more the exception to the rule however under pressure from his own party in particular Southern Democrats pretty much maintained the status quo and it wasn’t until Lyndon B Johnson assumed office under questionable circumstances to say the least that he signed the Civil Rights Act into law.
There is much dispute that Johnson actually said the following prior getting the CRA through Congress:
“These Negroes, they’re getting pretty uppity these days and that’s a problem for us since they’ve got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we’ve got to do something about this, we’ve got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference… I’ll have them niggers voting Democratic for the next two hundred years”
But there again is no reason to assume he didn’t as he was actually noted to have uttered this slur at other times in the past. The fact is that LBJ was a politician and therefore knew how to manipulate the public’s perception and despite his disastrous record as the President who got us deeply involved in the Vietnam war he did manage to create the image that the Democratic party which at one time supported slavery and was responsible for unleashing the KKK was now the egalitarian party of inclusiveness and civil rights.
Yes the Civil Rights Act managed to supplant the Emancipation Declaration and the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendment in the American publics’ mind but the coup de gras would come later in the first part of the 21st Century when America would elect its first truly Afro-American President whom just happened to be a Democrat!
Barak Obama seemed to come out no where and defeat the Democrat’s favored candidate Hillary Clinton in 2008. A mistake that she and her supporters refused to repeat when they would later rig the 2016 Primary to shut out Bernie Sanders.
Something I will take up in my next article.