Can you point out to a "much better source" in form of a URL or the like? Thanks!
Can you point out to a "much better source" in form of a URL or the like? Thanks!
If you can figure out how to use the new - not as user-friendly as the old - search function, then you can search ESMB's archives.
Here's the ESMB Home page: http://exscn.net
The Clambake book list: http://www.xenu.net/archive/books
Nancy Many's 'My Billion Year Contract' is good. (Sorry, no link to text.)
Neither ESMB, nor the linked books, nor Nancy Many's book, were written with the objective of salvaging L. Ron Hubbard's "good name," nor the objective of salvaging the "good name" of L. Ron Hubbard's Scientology. They are far more honest efforts than Marty Rathbun's book.
Here are a few more links:
According to Jesse Prince, former senior Scientology executive:
"Miscavige is continuing to carry out LRH's orders...
"...Miscavige is doing his best to forward Command Intention, which is contained in the huge LRH orders database of the INCOMM computer system of Scientology..." http://www.ezlink.com/~perry/CoS/Theology/jesse.htm
From Denise Brennan:
"There was a real secret body of people directly run by Hubbard."
From a 1986 interview of Martin Samuels, former Mission Holder, and founder of the Delphian School, from the 'Reflections' chapter of the book, 'L. Ron Hubbard, Messiah or Madman?' http://www.amazon.com/reader/0942637...ref_=sib_dp_pt :
"Hubbard operated according to a couple of key patterns.
"The first pattern involved basically decent well intentioned people... no one was able to rise in the organization to a point of any real proximity to him, without being attacked and vilified...
"And of course the next person thinks he or she is immune...
"The next pattern: It's reap and rape. Hubbard would let the reins loose. He'd let people believe they really could get on with it... He'd let people believe they really could prosper to the full extent of their own ability, and enjoy the fruits of their labor.
"And, with that kind of freedom, prosperity does occur, Inevitably, though, he'd come along and rape and pillage and rip off and take what had been produced. The most dramatic example of this was '82, '83, when he 'raped' his most decent people in management along with the mission holders, and looted the entire mission network.
"And look at this pattern... He surrounded himself with absolute hooligans as 'managers'; guys who beat the shit out of people. This man, who 'is this OT, the author of Science of Survival, completely able to predict human behavior', surrounded himself with ruthless people - like Miscavige - who got there because they emulated Hubbard's savagery. They emulated his total willingness to completely break, use, and discard another person.
"And then after their hands were so bloody - and the only reason their hands were bloody was that they were doing what Hubbard wanted - when it finally started to get to the point where it couldn't be tolerated by people anymore, Hubbard wiped them out. Then he said. 'My God! I didn't know!' Scapegoat. He even did that to his own wife, who went to jail in his place..."
David Miscavige is the latest scapegoat.
Jesse Prince, Legal Declaration, 1999: http://lermanet.com/reference/Jesse2inWoller.htm
Excerpt from the 1991 David Mayo article on Clear. http://www.ivymag.org/iv-01-02.html (David Mayo is an Ex Scientologist, Class XII and former Senior C/S International, who knew Hubbard on the ship and, for a time, around 1978, lived at Hubbard's residence and worked with Hubbard):
"It was PR and marketing considerations that led Hubbard to decide that certain people were 'clear' at a certain point..."
And from author Russell Miller's interview of David Mayo from August 1986.
"What worried me was that I saw some things he did and statements he made that showed his intentions were different from what they appeared to be...
"He told me he was obsessed with an insatiable lust for power and money. He said it very emphatically. He thought it wasn't possible to get enough. He didn't say it as if it was a fault, just his frustration that he couldn't get enough."
The below post and its thread includes a brief discussion of a means of searching ESMB through google. Perhaps it will help.
"Hubbard is alive and well. He lives through his
creations." - Purple Rain
"Because nothing has the be true forever. Just for long enough, to tell you the truth."
- T. Pratchett, The Truth
Paul's Rabbit e-books: http://www.paulsrabbit.com
About 'Hisself' by 'Face', currently being assembled by Paul.
And just for the heck of it:
The 'Religion/Spirituality after leaving Scientology' thread:
There is my ‘wog’ review on M Rathbun’s book ‘What is wrong with scientology?’
The book is very interesting and informative because it explains, unlike other books, what scientologists actually do. I rank this book second best after Cyril Vosper’s ‘Mind benders’.
Rathbun also shows that scientology does NOT work.
In the chapter ‘Write and wrong’ there is an example of the soldier who during the battle made a postulate ‘To fight to death’, which possibly helped him to survive. After the war this postulate became contra-survival, but it sits in his unconscious mind and continues to influence the soldier, so he ends up in prison. Scientology can help because it uncovers hidden postulates and switches them off. The postulate is only potent because it is unsuspected, unseen and unreviewed.
In the chapter ‘Reversal’ Rathbun describes how in the early 60s Hubbard was at war with psychiatrists, journalists, authorities. He also made postulates similar to the soldier’s ‘To fight to death’ – Smash the suppression, Obliterate the enemies, Attack, never defend, All critics of Scientology committed crimes etc. In the following decades these postulates became contra-survival, but Hubbard and his church continued to blindly obey them. These contradictory and largely insane postulates were published in 1000 pages of his policies, were never reviewed or updated or switched off, because all this time scientologists were busy looking into the dark recesses of their minds.
If you mix half a jar of strawberry jam with half a jar of sh*t you will get a full jar of sh*t, not of strawberry jam. Hubbard invented a valuable alternative psychotherapy (strawberry jam) and mixed it with absurdities (OT, origin of universe, tone scale, axioms, ethics, Xenu etc) with sad results. Why was not he content with psychotherapy? My guess: some people want many children to ensure their own continuation and immortality, they want to pass on their genes to the future, Hubbard wanted to immortalise his mind by cloning the minds of his followers, so they all think, speak and act like him. He almost achieved such an extravagant goal.
Non scientologists will stay away from any scientology after reading this book, many people may want to join a sinister cult, but not a ridiculous one.
I will post it to Amazon too.
IMO, most of Hubbard's enemies were products of his imagination. And it started long before the 1960s.
A small sampling of Hubbard's early writings:
"Living is a pretty grim joke, but a joke just the same. The entire function of man is to survive. Not for 'what' [any ideal] but just to survive... I turned the thing up [the 'dynamic principle of existence: Survive!'], 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 [or stainless steel]. Foolishly perhaps, but determined none the less, 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 [hidden agenda] 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...
"Psychiatrists, reaching the high of the dusty desk, tell us that Genghis Khan, Napoleon, and Alexander were madmen. I know they're maligning some very intelligent gentleman...
"I can make Napoleon look like a punk."
L. Ron Hubbard, 'Excalibur' letter, from 1938
"Your writing has a deep hypnotic effect on people and they are always pleased with what you write."
"Your psychology is advanced and true and wonderful. It hypnotizes people. It predicts their emotions, for you are their ruler."
L. Ron Hubbard, from his "Affirmations', 1946
In October 1950, Dr. J.A. Winter, who had written the 'Introduction' to 'Dianetics, The Modern Science of Mental Health', resigned in protest from the Hubbard Dianetic Foundation. He described the ideals presented by Hubbard as "lip service."
In March of 1951, John Campbell, publisher of 'Astounding Science Fiction', also resigned in protest against the "cult" of Dianetics.
Meanwhile, Hubbard was busy writing letters to the FBI describing many of his former Dianetic associates as communists and communist sympathizers.
"No rights of any kind... Dispose of quietly and without sorrow." L. Ron Hubbard, 'Science of Survival', 1951
Hubbard's bizarre letters to the FBI, accusing other, including his wife, of being communists, during the 1950s
"Ruin utterly." "Always attack." L. Ron Hubbard, 'Manual on Dissemination of Material', 1955
"Dianetics and Scientology are self-protecting sciences. If one attacks them one attacks all the know-how of the mind. It caves in the bank. It's gruesome sometimes.
"At this instance there are men hiding in terror on Earth because they found out what they were attacking. There are men dead because they attacked us - for instance Dr. Joe Winter [wrote Introduction to 'DMSMH', and the book, 'A Doctor's Report on Dianetics' with an Introduction by Fritz Perls]. He simply realized what he did and died. There are men bankrupt because they attacked us - [Don] Purcell, Ridgeway, [publisher of 'DMSMH'] Ceppos." L. Ron Hubbard, 'HCO Manual of Justice', 1959
"Find or Manufacture enough threat." L. Ron Hubbard, 'Department of Government Affairs', 1960
"Have you ever had unkind thoughts about L. Ron Hubbard?" L. Ron Hubbard, Security Check, 1961
And jumping ahead...
"I am not interested in wog morality... I can make Captain Bligh look like a Sunday School teacher," L. Ron Hubbard, 'Discipline, SPs and Admin', 1969
Welcome to ESMB.
I didn't notice any new thread on Tony O's REVIEW of Marty's book at the Village Voice thread, so I am putting it here.
I posted this in the Comments section...
Magnificent review! I suspect that vastly greater numbers of people will be helped by your REVIEW of the book than the book's authors are postulating their apologia will "handle".
Tony, you understand Scientology at levels the knowing-how-to-know-thetans simply don't know. Thanks!
Scientology literally saved my life! Without Ron's books I would have frozen to death!!! (see avatar)
Scientology in one word? HelluvaHoax!
I never felt as free as when I freed myself from "Total Freedom".
For offended Scientologists reading this blasphemy about L. Ron Hubbard---my apologies for talking about real life without lying to you, like Scientology, with goo-goo theta-talk. I know you don't have a floating needle right now. You're not supposed to.
Think I'll transfer the first several posts from the 'Tony Ortega finally review Marty's book' thread (in "Breaking News' section):
"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts." - Bertrand Russell
"They must know how to kindle and fan an extravagent hope". - Eric Hoffer about the "true believer". "Total Freedom", "your eternity", and "OT" involve a few of the extravagant hopes in Scientology.
Go HERE to view and/or download the essay, "The Three Basic Scientology Beliefs".