HUBBARD COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE
Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead, Sussex
HCO POLICY LETTER OF 14 JUNE 19651
POLITICS, FREEDOM FROM
(Originally written by LRH as Sec ED 56 Int, 14 June 65. Issued as an HCO PL on 10 Jan. 68.)
1. I hereby declare Scientology to be nonpolitical and non ideological.
2. 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 application for training, processing or membership.
3. This does not change any policy relating to suppressive persons. It does delete any words in any form which seek to bring about a statement of political allegiance or antagonism.
4. 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.
5. 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 inspiring 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.
6. All statements attacking any political entity or ideology are hereby withdrawn and cancelled in any lectures or literature.
7. 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.
8. 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
HUBBARD COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE
Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead, Sussex.
HCO INFORMATION LETTER OF NOVEMBER 24, 19631
ESSENTIAL INFORMATION EVERY SCIENTOLOGIST SHOULD KNOW
To correct certain misconceptions held by newspapers and areas of the public, the following information is released to assist Scientologists in correcting such ideas:
10%: Every Scientology Organization and formal activity pays to HASI in England 10% of its gross income. This is used for administration and research, and is supposed to hut does not cover the cost of bulletins, cables, staff salaries, and the expenses of Scientology headquarters. LRH does not receive this 10%. Reference Palmer & Co., 205, Chingford Mount Road, Chingford, London E.4., Chartered Accountants, and the books of HASI and its HCO Division worldwide. All student fees of the Saint Hill Course and contributions are likewise deposited; to HASI Accounts as above and are used in operating expenses and are not received by LRH.
LRH has his own personal income. Organizations pay his expenses when travelling and some research expenses. Organisations currently owe LRH considerable sums of moneys loaned to them by LRH – Johannesburg over £3,000, London £7,000, etc.
LRH paid all the original costs of research out of his own pocket. The royalties of the first book, DMSMH, were all given to the first foundations. LRH owns Saint Hill as his own home, paying for it with his own monies received from the sales of a Virginia property and a yacht he owned. He receives no rent for Saint Hill partial use by HCO Division of HASI or the Saint Hill Course.
There would be nothing wrong if LRH did make money from Scientology as Scientologists are perfectly willing to pay him for his services in administration and research. Boards and officers often express the hope of paying Ron book royalties and sums for good will and amounts loaned and LRH would be perfectly willing to accept them. LRH in some Orgs has drawn a nominal salary in the past as Co-ordinator of Research and it has been well earned but he has drawn no pay for the past several years until lately when £25 a week was given him for his out of pocket expenses.
The early Dianetic Organizations were formed and controlled by boards of directors and in early 1952 failed. They were not under LRH control and direction, their press and public relations were mishandled by these boards. To the late Joe Winter M.D., an original board member, we owe the stress on psychosomatic medicine. “70% of all ills are psycho-somatic, Dianetics can cure them” was Winter’s and these handouts were written by Winter. To the first publisher we owe “any two can do it by one reading of this book.”
In 1952 in Arizona, LRH started the first Scientology Organizations and these, under his continued direction, have had a consistent and enviable record of forward advance until they now cover the major areas of the world except Communist areas, and bids are now being made by these for our help.
The record of advance and growth under LRH direction and the able service of those he has appointed mark something like a record. Any International firm would have paid $125,000 a year to a general-manager who could have duplicated this feat.
Organizations are being made separate and autonomous as rapidly as possible with LRH serving on each board.
LRH does not own Scientology Organizations. He does however retain ownership of all copyrights and trade marks and registered marks so as to ensure their proper and ethical use.
The bad handling of early Dianetic press has caused an inheritance of bad press. This tide is however gradually shifting.
It is notable that all press is based on American Communist and AMA inspired attacks and not once in 13 years had any member of the American press ever personally interviewed LRH. These stories, then, were all written without interviewing Ron, an important point. This record was recently broken by a large U.S. magazine (The Saturday Evening Post) sending its star writer to interview LRH at Saint Hill.
You often hear slurs on LRH “lack of degrees”. LRH was trained in mathematics and science at George Washington University, in government at Princeton and was given his doctor of philosophy degree by Sequoia University in California. But there are no degrees or courses given in Universities for the subjects he researches. He does not practice in any field requiring a degree. He does not need or want degrees, but even so he has them.
The E-Meter is actually a psycho-galvanometer invented about 80 years ago. It is capable of being used as a lie detector. Our modern meter is a transistor version and is tuned to detect overcharged mental areas. It is used during sessions to find areas of stress in the mind and to verify the auditor’s and preclear’s conclusions. It does not diagnose and will not cure illness and has never been used as such.
The Meter is feared by subversives. Only Scientologists with meters could detect subversives. Trained Scientologists are also the world’s foremost meter or lie detector operators. Therefore subversive and criminal elements are terrified of and fight the meter.
That Scientologists seldom use the meter to detect subversion and only use it to assist people to know the truth about themselves, does not deter this attack. Cruder E-Meters are generally available in the world and one version can be bought in toy stores in the U.S.
THE POLITICS OF SCIENTOLOGY
Since Scientology can free the individual, its politics easily become those of freedom. In these days of huge bureaucracies a line of thought designated “Rightist” is growing up. A rightist is defined “as one who believes in limiting bureaucracies and in the rights of the individual.”
Therefore Scientology whether it will or no gets classed as a “Rightist movement”. It is listed in directories in the U.S. as one of the first 17 Rightist Movements of the U.S.
The Communist is opposed to limiting the power of the state. He wants a total state and is actually Totalitarian. He does not believe in individual rights but only in group rights. He carries this into economics and even denies one’s right to be paid for his work. This is slavery in modern garb.
Therefore Scientology collides with Communism. The Communist uses all manner of fellow travellers to spread his ideas and this helps to give us bad press.
The Medical Associations and drug manufacturers fear the appearance of easy drugless healing and so campaign against any economic threat to their multi-billion dollar income. This also gives us bad press even though we have small interest in healing.
But press has no real bearing on Scientology growth. Good news stories and bad news stories alike do not really increase or decrease Central Organization traffic. Scientology goes by word of mouth, not by press.
There are several million Scientologists in the world today. Closer estimate is impossible due to its constant growth and loose structure.
SCIENTOLOGY AS A RELIGION
HASI was incorporated as a Religious Fellowship in 1952, two years before there were any discussions about churches or ministers.
Philosophy dealing with the individual as a spirit is normally classed as a religion. The same type of material as Scientology was attempted about 2,500 years ago by one Gautama Siddhartha and became the world’s oldest civilized religion, known as Buddhism. Laws of life, exteriorization and other materials of Buddhism are similar to Scientology. Scientology however, is able to achieve results even in early stages that Buddhism could not. This does not make Scientology Buddhism but it does place it firmly in the area of religion.
Theosophy, organized as a body of knowledge similar in text to Scientology has been declared a religion by U.S. Federal Courts.
Scientology is therefore a religion. The only question was whether or not its. organizations should be formal churches and auditors ministers. Some Scientology Organizations have become Churches, some as in Australia have remained simply religious fellowships. There has never been any serious question of Scientology being a religion since by definition knowledge and study of man as a spiritual, rather than an animal, being is of course religious.
That Scientology organizations “use religion for tax purposes” is quite false as the majority of the organizations, while religious, do not enjoy tax exemption and pay their taxes. So the argument has no point.
WORKABILITY AND ETHICS
Scientology is the only activity on Earth that dares practice the following ethical code:
If a person believes he has not been helped his money should be refunded to him promptly and in full.
This now applies to training as well as processing. All auditors and organizations are bound by it.
Instead of letting somebody worry you about whether or not Scientology works, you would do better to point out this clause of our operational code. Nothing that didn’t work would dare offer that. Not comparing Scientology to healing, but if medicine or psychiatry were to bind themselves with that clause they would go broke within a year.
Scientology works. It works, however, only as well as the auditor is trained and the pc understands. These, not the technology, are the only limiting factors in Scientology results today.
This information letter so far, has been mainly devoted to what Scientology isn’t. This makes it Scientology Zero. It only refutes what various hostile elements to the society as well as to us choose to accuse Scientology of – a money making fraud that means to overthrow all the poor Communists and take food from the overfilled stomachs of the Medical Doctors and drug manufacturers.
But Scientology survives all that very well because of the following reasons:
If anything were really wrong with LRH, his past, his income, his mind or his work, hostile elements would long since have swept him away. But he has survived 13 years of constant hammering. During that time he has carried his jobs of research, administration and dissemination to success in all three fields. The task and scope of administration alone would have been full time for any executive director of any large organization and so stellar is this record that probably many international corporations would hire him on the spot for $125,000 a year. In dissemination since 1950 he has given close to 30 million words of lectures on Scientology and has written tens of thousands of pages of bulletins and books. In research, he has investigated areas never before approached by Man and has spread out a whole frontier of new knowledge and achieved conditions and states of existence not approached by any other researcher or philosopher in Earth’s history.
It takes more than a few ill-natured cracks about income or degrees to knock away any portion of these actual achievements. They have never been topped and now in the field of research they can’t be.
He was clear before 1962 and is now, at this writing, four goals down from present time toward O.T., Scientology’s highest state.
He badly wants a vacation and some time to do the final recording of Scientology data for its upper levels.
His last vacation was a boat trip to a U.S. Congress in 1962. Since January he has crowded the next ten years of scheduled research in Scientology into 8 months and completed it. Therefore he feels Scientology owes him a few months to catch his breath.
He considers the research part of his task concluded in August of 1963 since all targets ever envisioned were realized as of that date and only codification and recording remained. In short, he was not stopped in his principal endeavour – research – by any hostile attempt or distraction in the past 33 years, with their wars, upsets and confusions.
Headquarters, Central Organization, City Office and field staffs and auditors have contributed more than their share of loyal and devoted service to LRH and Scientology in the past 13 years and the story of almost any one of these people is itself a matter for legend. What they have gone through, and what they have done and sacrificed to make Scientology come to fruition as a subject and a world wide organization ranks amongst the great stories of history.
It is they who carried the guidon, took the personal shocks of hostile reception, achieved the results, planted the standard all over the world and kept things going onward and upward. Few fell, few strayed but even these had contributed their best.
It was through their efforts that the public stayed interested, that the technology remained pure, and that funds came in to handle research and administration. To them belongs the glory of ultimate success for they carry on. Humanity and future Scientology owes them a debt that can never be repaid. These were and are good people, the best that Earth ever had.
They work for little, they work hard. They do their jobs and not even their name in lights is there to help. Across the world they generate the high headed, confident élan that has made Scientology win through.
A suitable designation and award is now being worked out for all these people.
The basic mission of Scientology is to give Man wisdom and freedom. This is a civilizing mission, but it is also one of individual freedom. Men are prisoners of themselves and only truth can set them free. If all men were sane then Society would be Sane.
If you, the individual, knew the truth and were processed toward the truth, you would be free. Only lies degrade you. This is the lesson of Scientology.
It is impossible to combat this mission and so we seldom confront the opposition or take it seriously. The opposition deals with days where we deal with eternity. A thousand years from now Scientology will be a bright name when anything now governed will have vanished from the role of nations.
No organization which can achieve individual immortality ever worries much about momentary hostility. And individual immortality is not only in our grasp hut is now being achieved.
But a civilising mission perforce finds itself in a barbarism and like barbarians the wild and uninformed fight back. You can’t civilize some one without getting scratched now and then.
Scientology will someday be acknowledged as one of the great efforts to civilize Earth, along with Buddhism and other such movements. Indeed it will have a higher reputation than that. But in its beginnings – now – it knows hostility and baffles the slavemasters.
It is the full intention of Scientology to shift emphasis from the taking of fees for processing to teaching and letting individuals process amongst themselves with our help to the levels to which they are trained. All qualified auditors will be granted training rights to the level of Hubbard Apprentice Scientologist and Classes Zero and One. It will be found that oases respond best to the levels to which they have been trained. It is certainly more economical to be trained and to co-audit with auditors of the same class. And technically it will be found generally true that oases require a level of understanding comparable to the level on which they are being processed. The highest levels of today’s processes require full training at those levels before the person as a preclear can hope to achieve them. This is technical fact and it holds for all classes, if to a lesser degree. Considerable research has revealed that nobody not trained to O.T. process levels will be able to cope with the auditing, if only because no high level case analysis can be done.
Therefore we are looking at a new era, an era of training and co-auditing where the rule will be “No Auditor may be audited outside his class or on processes above his Class.” “All Certified Auditors may train to Levels Zero and One and certify and class at those levels.”
All materials of the past years are being charted by class for immediate release, all texts are to follow this plan.
Income for auditors and organizations will be shifted gradually away from processing income over to training income. All auditors should consider themselves auditors and instructors. While none will frown at a private auditor processing for a fee, it will be expected that he or she more and more devote time to training.
This charts the new person through all the way, step by step to O.T. and, frankly, is the only way anyone can make it with security and minimal upset and the best way to keep the bridge open. While it may take some years for them to achieve O.T., they still have the bridge open all the way and their cost will be only a fraction of what it might be.
How that the skills for O.T. are achieved they are found to be very precise. The untrained will fall by the wayside. They just can’t do the highest level processes without long case preparation, and full training. But despite this, the way is still open and can be travelled.
Stability is such that no significant process development has now occurred for almost three months. And skills for each level now exist in a final form. In short the whole road has been opened and how it can be travelled best can be planned with complete security.
Scientology finds itself at that happy state of having achieved the technical completion and results always hoped for, and a reality level of processes that can be applied to every case.
Thus we are indeed planning our future, solidly and with confidence, having emerged from thirteen years of trying and hard trials. Ours is the bid for eternity that succeeded.
Issued by: HCO WW STAFF
for L. RON HUBBARD
by L. Ron Hubbard
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED