HUBBARD COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE
Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead, Sussex
HCO POLICY LETTER OF 29 SEPTEMBER 19821
Keeping Scientology Working Series 30
MISREPRESENTATION OF DIANETICS AND SCIENTOLOGY
There is a vital legal and PR point which should be broadly known.
“Standard Tech” is contained in the official volumes of the technical services and in HCO Bulletins and charts within them and in textbooks on the subject.
These are, none of them, vague. They are very explicit.
The data is thus not only available but taught in courses.
Now and then we hear of “somebody’s case messed up.” Or that someone was complaining or dissatisfied with results. Research into such cases uniformly shows that STANDARD TECH was not applied.
Thus one arrives at an interesting point: Standard tech has never harmed anybody.
Recently there was a spate of “out-tech” on some executives that “messed up their cases.” (This of course impaired their effectiveness and made them feel”Dianetics and Scientology did not work and so was not worth defending.”)
A careful review of these cases showed that the “Case Supervisor” and a small clique of “auditors” (all of whom knew better but who were serving their own ends) were NOT applying Dianetics and Scientology but were only pretending to. (The clique has been detected and thoroughly handled and so are the”messed-up cases” -by standard tech of course and so successfully.)
But this brings up an interesting and useful legal and public relations point:
When people complain and are “dissatisfied with results,” it will be found that Dianetics and Scientology were NOT being used on them.
Someone was doing something else and calling it Dianetics and Scientology.
This is, of course, misrepresentation and a violation of trademark and copyright law.
A similar circumstance would occur if someone put transmission oil in a package marked “Green Meadow Butter” and sold it and advised its use as”Green Meadow Butter” when it isn’t.
Legal and PR situations from people who have complaints stem from two reasons:
A. They are themselves engaged for whatever reason in some self-serving end by complaining or
B. They did not receive Dianetics and Scientology.
A review of any such cases will bear this out. It is not a matter of making minor errors with the tech. It is not a matter of poor C/S judgment in applying it. The situation will be found to be flagrant.
Someone was only pretending it was Dianetics and Scientology and doing something else and for some other reason.
Here we have a problem in labels. The labels “Dianetics” and “Scientology”could illegally be placed on anything and that anything might be quite bad.
Thus it is the person misrepresenting who is actionable, not the originator or the properly licensed and supervised entities.
The operating question is “What did he or they do that they were calling Dianetics and Scientology standard tech?” And “Let me have their names so the misrepresentation can be stopped.”
Don’t let yourself be conned by an old legal or PR trick of switching labels!
Dianetics and Scientology are a precise system that works.
L. RON HUBBARD
RONS JOURNAL 34
THE FUTURE OF SCIENTOLOGY
There comes a time in all the great movements of mankind when they get attacked.
When one reviews the history of religious wars which laid the bulk of Europe in ruins time after time across the centuries, one gets some idea of the passions of man.
The primary passions are twofold: one stems from the decent impulses of man, the effort to do and be something good, to accomplish a resurgence and reforms that are worthwhile; the other is the evil hatred of the status quo who, in their violence oppose all who would question their right to oppress and maim and kill.
The first impulse comes from the very heavens, the second is born in the depths of hell.
All things worthwhile have to be fought for: every decent impulse in man’s history has been opposed.
The fate of the entire civilization is decided on the issue of which one wins.
No single human being can stand aside from the fray, a spectator wondering who is going to win. It is his OWN fate that is being decided: will he in the future have a decent life or will he be crushed down into the mud? Will the decent impulses of the civilization triumph or, in defeat at the hands of evil, have to wait again for another chance, another time?
The travails of the religion of Scientology may seem great but, frankly, they do not compare to those other faiths have gone through.
Time and again since 1950, the vested interests which pretend to run the world (for their own appetites and profit) have mounted full-scale attacks. With a running dog press and slavish government agencies the forces of evil have launched their lies and sought, by whatever twisted means, to check and destroy Scientology.
What is being decided in this arena is whether mankind has a chance to go free or be smashed and tortured as an abject subject of the power elite.
The issues are extremely clear-cut, there is no argument there.
But what is the result to date of enemy action?
Honestly, my friends, a review of these battles over the past thirty-two years moves one to contemptuous laughter. The enemy, perched in their trees or swinging by their tails, have been about as effective as one of their psychologist’s monkeys peeling a policeman’s club thinking it is a banana and then throwing it only to hit the chief ape in the face.
Oh, the furor has been very loud. The AMA, pouring lies into the press through gnashing teeth persevered for years—and then went bankrupt. The psychiatrist, riding high in 1959, hoping to place one of his ilk in a blackmail position behind every head of state, hoping to consign any citizen at his whim to a psychiatric Siberia, trying to preserve his right to kill and maim as a profession above the law, is today a butt of comic strips. And what of the FDA that for fifteen years snarled and snapped about the E-Meter? One hardly hears of them today. And what of the mighty Interpol, that tool of CIA? It was found to be a nest of war criminals hiding out from the law itself.
Oh, one could go on but in each case the enemy has gone down to defeat in the end. You do not hear much about this from the running dog press because, of course, they were the tool of the enemy in the first place.
They lose because they traffic in lies. But, because they told their lies so broadly, even when they were disproven, they still tend to hang around and make one feel there is—there isn’t—an adverse public opinion. The enemy and their press are not the public: you could ask yourself why, year after year, fewer and fewer people buy and read newspapers: people don’t believe them anymore.
I once checked, in the 50s the effect on org stats of howling bombasts of a running dog magazine called TIME. Its owner, a man named Luce, was said to be an LSD addict, both he and his wife carefully controlled by his psychiatrist. Of course he published blasts against anything which would expose his rotten condition. What I found was that not one of those lying bombasts had had the slightest effect upon org stats. Luce is dead now, a good testimony to his drugs and the psychiatrists. There are a dozen orgs today for every one that existed in Luce’s time.
And so it goes with these attacks.
Oh, yes, we’ve had some casualties. Oh, yes, we’ve had some trouble. But that is the way with wars: not only combatants but innocent bystanders can get wounded. That’s this universe: we didn’t make it that way but that’s no reason we cannot, bit by bit, correct it. Certainly, for mankind, there’s no escaping it and if there is a battle, there is more to do than simply duck one’s head: the bombs are no respecters of uniforms or identities.
It may appear that the enemy suffers no casualties for they hush them up. With no great pleasure, I used to keep a roster of them. Through no will or fault of ours, many of them are dead. Some died from things that we have
tech to help: it is rather poetic in justice that they were fighting what they themselves could have used. Many others, when the battle cleared, lost their jobs: and that is a precious thing to a suppressive, his garnered rights to do others in: it is sad to say there are many in governments who are there just so they can have this right: so when one gets fired for failing in his attacks on us, that’s very close to the end of his life. They do not care if you hurt the government or their association or their publication: threats against those things are part of their own plans to cause trouble—typical of the insane. Where they can be hurt and practically the only place, is losing their job or position. And their casualties in this respect would fill some very long bread lines: when they fail, their mentors fire them.
They have lost power.
They have been hurt.
And in any contemporary attack, no matter how violent it may seem, the result predictably will be the same: failures and casualties in enemy ranks. Not because we harm or touch them—we wouldn’t. They are mad monkeys and they blame and shoot each other.
Now when you hear of some new attack or an old one, you could get the idea that we’re losing and are likely to winnow away and vanish. The enemy keeps saying that. But just remember a maxim: if the papers say it, it isn’t true.
Hearing such things, one may think that, as a Scientologist, it doesn’t matter what you do: it doesn’t make any difference now since all is lost. That’s silly.
In or out of Scientology, one is on these firing lines. The crime-ridden, drug-crazed, misgoverned mess out there which they call civilization is no place at all to escape to. That’s surrender.
And it DOES matter what one does on post, particularly when the shots are flying hottest. If you think it’s bad in a Scientology area, look at Ulster or Detroit! And those poor guys are just innocent bystanders being mowed down. At least the Scientologists are DOING something about it. They’re handling people, they’re making inroads on crime, they’re salvaging addicts, they’re even quoted, often unknowingly, by beleaguered business.
All you have to do is look at where Scientology was in terms of numbers of orgs and missions even a few years back and where it is now to know. All you have to do is count the additional countries using it year by year. All you have to do is count the memberships of the Churches. And you know conclusively that while the enemy goes down, whatever the bombast, Scientology is going UP.
It DOES matter what you do on post or in the field or in the world. This scene called Scientology is not going to end. Time after time the enemy, in our blackest hours, has told itself, “We’ve got them now! We’ve stopped them! They’re through!” They were just praying past their own graveyard. Each time, there we were again, stronger, expanding, working better. And at this very moment of writing, that’s where we are at right now. The last enemy attack is winding down.
And there we still are all over the world, doing good, getting stronger, getting more numerous.
And in the coming decades so it will be again.
The guys in the white hats—with the S and Double Triangle—are winning. They are winning because they mean well. They do good. They know their business. And the enemy is losing and will lose because they mean bad. They do evil. They are incompetent.
Remember the principle of Flourish and Prosper. It works!
And the next time you see an attack, remember the old truth, “This too shall come to pass away.”
But not Scientology. We’re here and will be here for all the decades and centuries that this civilization has left to it. And right now I am working on plans so that it will be here even when the madmen, in some possible last convulsion of evil, have blown this civilization away.
We are saving beings, not men.
And the evil die within their own generation.
So the next time you feel blue, read this.
The enemy can’t even plan for tomorrow.
We work in eternity.
L. Ron Hubbard
- Document studied on the How to Confront and Shatter Suppression PTS/SP Course. (2001 ed.) ↩
- Document studied on DSA Investigations Officer Full Hat. PDF format ↩
The Official Publication of DIANETICS and SCIENTOLOGY in the British Isles
Vol. 7 No. 2 19601
WHY SOME FIGHT SCIENTOLOGY
There is no good in the world that is not fought by some.
The holiest saint, the purest knight, the most orderly group alike have been subjected to attacks since man’s beginning.
And Scientology is no exception. Since the first release of its basics in 1949 several groups and many people have ineffectually fought its further development and progress.
In 1950, ’51 and ’52 $2,000,000, by actual record, were spent in efforts to wipe out Dianetics and Scientology.
But truth knows no impenetrable barrier and only truth pierces the thickest armor plate. Scientology fights back only with truth and persistence and even today would happily render invaluable assistance to its worst enemies.
For Scientologists know WHY it is fought. And, knowing it, can understand more with pity than revenge.
There are two classes of enemies that try unsuccessfully to fight Scientology. The first class is the personal opponent, the second is the political opponent.
The reasons why they say they fight add up to just one reason—a guilty conscience.
Scientology has found out the basic fundamentals of man and this universe. How much easier then to find out the secrets of the history and motives of one person or a group?
If Scientology were fraudulent, if it had vast but covert plans, if it did not work, it would not be fought.
Scientology had no enemies until the word was out that it worked. Criminals, communists, perverted religionists alike swarmed to support a “new fraud,” a “hoax,” a brand-new way of extorting money from and enslaving man. And then in 1950 they found that the new sciences worked with, to them, deadly accuracy. And with a shudder of terror they faced about and struck with every weapon possible. The press, the courts, shady women, insane inmates, politicians, tax bureaus, these and many more were used in a frantic effort to beat down what they had found to be honest, decent and accurate.
Scientology had so few skeletons in the closet, was in fact so purely conceived, that it lost little in these attacks. No serious harm came to any principal or good person in Dianetics and Scientology. On the other hand, without any action being taken against them, of twenty-one highly placed attackers, seventeen are now dead.
So Scientology won its biggest fight years ago, but it is still fought here and there by each of these two classes.
It is a simple thing—has always been a simple thing. A Scientologist can FIND OUT!
The secrets of a person who is evilly disposed toward his fellows are not safe around a Scientologist. The hidden motives of a group attempting the enslavement of a people are too easily penetrated by a Scientologist. And the fight against him is inspired by terror and guilt—and terror and guilt are far too weak to win against truth.
Aside from his own well-trained perception, the Scientologist has an aid called an E-Meter. He uses this for the peaceful and praiseworthy purpose of helping people become more able and less enslaved. But the E-Meter has other uses.
The instrument was developed over the years by a brilliant crew of electronics men under my supervision. Using principles in electronics almost a century old, these men refined a well-known instrument into a small, infinitely more reliable aid.
The grandfather of the electrometer is an enormous machine costing about $18,000 and available only in large scientific laboratories. Even improving upon this, yet making a portable instrument, these men long ago brought out the Hubbard Electrometer and brought it into a cost level of less than £40.
Every professional Scientologist has one of these. And can use it in other ways than mental health.
Every professional Scientologist is bound by the Code of a Scientologist which is more strict by far than the codes binding medical doctors or psychiatrists. Clause nine of this Code is: “To refuse to impart the personal secrets of my preclears.” Anyone’s secrets are safe with Scientology until the person himself no longer considers the matter important. But despite this, the guilty are afraid of us, especially when their dark and hidden facts, if revealed, would send them to prison for actual crimes. Even then, more than once, Scientologists have “gotten the law off somebody’s back” at the person’s own request and have obtained conditional releases for malefactors on the well-accepted grounds that they have been processed.
THE POLITICAL ENEMY
For instance, if this electrometer had been available in Kenya during the Mau Mau uprising, it could have saved thousands upon thousands of lives. For the innocent were punished with the guilty and of the guilty there were but very few. And without violent interrogation, concentration camps, and other horrors, any manager or policeman could have found the guilty fast enough to stop the risings and the slaughter. At this moment the South African Central Organization of Scientology is educating people in the event of further risings. This is a deadly blow to a well-known international political organization. But they do not now even dare protest against this defense.
Subversive politics, intent upon the destruction of the lives and property of a people, depend upon secrecy for their gains. Their private motives are not their advertised slogans. Perverted religionists seeking to enslave and extort through lies and terror cannot live in the sunshine of truth. And so they hate and sometimes even dare fight the harbingers of truth and greater freedom.
For a new life to begin, the evils of an old life must die.
THE PERSONAL ENEMY
Unfortunately, the person who does not want you to study Scientology is your enemy as well as ours.
When he harangues against us to you as a “cult,” as a “hoax,” as a very bad thing done by very bad people, he or she is only saying, “Please, please, please don’t try to find me out.”
Thousands of such protesting people carefully investigated by us have been found to have unsavory pasts and sordid motives they did not dare (they felt) permit to come to light. The wife or mother who rails against a family member who takes up Scientology is, we regret to have to say, guided by very impure motives, generated in the morass of dread secrets long withheld. The father, husband or friend who frowns upon one knowing more about the mind is hiding something that he feels would damage him.
“You had better leave Scientology alone!” is an instinctive defense, prompted in all cases investigated by a guilty conscience.
Once they hear a few truths from Scientology such people become afraid. They KNOW we know. And if we know this much and if you are further informed, they feel you will find them out. The wife, protesting, is hiding such things as infidelity or an unsavory circumstance, one or many. The husband, protesting, is hiding a past with many blots upon it.
“You must not know more of Scientology” is best answered by no praise of Scientology but by “What have you done?” It is best answered by demanding that the protesting person go to the nearest center for a “case assessment.” For marriages and families founder on the rocks of hidden transgressions. And if one’s friend or family become afraid in the face of truth, the friendship or the family will eventually go to pieces on the fangs of hidden events.
Brought to light, such things are never as dreadful as they were in the unconfided dark. Exposed to view, one no longer builds on quicksand. For how can one have a family, a marriage or a friendship where treachery has slept?
So Scientology is dangerous.
But Scientology is also generous, tolerant and kind. And before the breadth of its understanding and the kindness of its people, a new world can be born for anyone, a world without war, criminality or the insane.
But also, much more personally can be born a real friendship where there was private fear before, a real family founded on mutual trust, a real marriage where its partners are united against the world, not divided from one another by hidden acts.
Beware the person or group who fights Scientology, for that person fights truth—not the truth of natural laws, but the truth about himself.
It’s well worth knowing, we assure you.
L. Ron Hubbard
- Document studied on the How to Confront and Shatter Suppression PTS/SP Course. (2001 ed.) ↩
PROFESSIONAL AUDITOR’S BULLETIN
The Oldest Continuous Publication in Dianetics and Scientology
Via Hubbard Communications Office
163 Holland Park Avenue, London W11
30 September 19551
Don’t be terribly surprised if in the next year or two the psychiatrists start pushing auditors around with even greater antagonism. And DON’T be caught flat-footed when they do.
You know, auditor, we HAVE had a fight on our hands. And we have and WILL have a fight on our hands. The old Book One Black Panther mechanism is all right in its place, but it doesn’t do here.
Nearly all the backlash in society against Dianetics and Scientology has a common source-the psychiatrist-psychologist-psychoanalyst clique. Their patter doesn’t vary. Behind the bulwark of authority these people, when asked about you, an auditor, or about the subject or about me, usually say that it is a hoax and that you or I are really just out of an institution for the insane.
Wherever some auditor stupidly decides to co-operate with psychiatrists, he has been gobbled up very quickly. One cannot co-operate with them any more than he can “do business with Hitler.”
You think maybe I’m just sawing out a tune when I say this. Very few people believe the actual true history of our science in the past five years, the amount of attack and antagonism to which it has been subjected. But let it suffice that about two million have been spent to put Dianetics and Scientology out of the running. Because the people trying to do it are, by and large, pretty stupid, and low-toned, the campaign has not succeeded. But the amount of fast action necessary to combat that much money has been, to say the least, exhausting.
I could tell you a lot more about this: I could tell you about the strange finances of the BDR,* of DIANOTES,* of other squirrel publications. I could tell you about three actual murders. I could tell you about long strings of psychotics run in on the Foundation and the Association, sent in to us by psychiatrists who then, using LSD and pain-drug-hypnosis, spun them and told everyone Dianetics and Scientology drove people insane. I could tell you about the strange politics and ambitions of psychiatry, so well covered in the book Psychopolitics, and give you a proper riddle as to why we, a small group, the only ANGLO-SAXON DEVELOPMENT IN THE FIELD OF THE MIND AND SPIRIT, have been subjected to so much attack and finance. But I am not telling you stories or being dramatic. I am inviting your co-operation in your own future security. Whether you believe this war exists, or believe the psychiatric rumor that it’s all a figment of my mind, it’s best to be safe in this battle.
It’s best to be safe because it isn’t our battle and it isn’t our objective to ruin psychiatry or medicine. We don’t care about these. Our goals are to make more people more able, to make a rather inefficient society a lot more fun. In order to attain these goals we had better scan the river ahead for shoals and fit our craft so as to survive any, and having done that, lightheartedly continue on our way. Dianetics and Scientology are not political; they desire to overthrow no government. Each auditor anywhere is expected to continue his long-given allegiance.
Dianetics and Scientology exist to serve and assist any given officialdom in a proper way. We have in view no empire of madmen all screaming for some dictator or banner. We have our place in the world of things as they are, and we can do an awful lot right in that place, seeing that we know more about the mind, the spirit and religion and even science than any other group in the world.
Granting this, then, we should act to best fit our niches, and so do our jobs. About the only thing which upsets our forward course is the fact that psychiatry and medicine sit close to the advisers of state, and these officials, on matters of the mind, turn to psychiatrists for their opinion, and the psychiatrist there can be counted upon by his cult headquarters to give the right amount of sneer to the official about Dianetics and Scientology. The public as a whole love Dianetics and Scientology. Our word-of-mouth praise is remarkable. But in the official strata, because the psychiatrist is the authority, we are likely to be mud. Similarly, the newspaper, in wanting an opinion of us, calls the local medical or psychiatric board and again gets this formulated sneer and defamation. That the public responds to us and likes us is remarkable in the face of this authoritative calumny. Reversely, the public utterly LOATHES psychiatry. You waste time if you try to defame psychiatry to the public. The public is already in a spitting frame of mind on THAT subject. Coals to Newcastle, strictly. Psychiatry stands in the public mind for ineffectiveness, lies and inhuman brutality. The public is better informed on this than you suspect. The public only avoids YOU, an auditor, when it believes you are a psychiatrist or a psychologist, so there is no team-up; there never will be. The Busy Business Bureaus, advised by psychiatry, will always give Dianetics and Scientology a bad report no matter how hard you work to get them to give a good report. The answer—ignore them. We are an organization for and of the people.
But don’t fail to take the steps to secure yourself an immunity from attack, auditor. Make sure all your papers are in good order. Make sure, no matter where you are in the world (for the last attack upon us was in Central Africa) that your ordination is in good order. Make sure that you are running a good and orderly congregation every Sunday morning. Make sure your Church is registered properly. Make SURE your literature says you make the able more able, and that insanity and illness are no more your problem than they would be the problem of any minister. Stay out of that slough of insanity and severe illness, for you don’t belong there and never will. Practically, I don’t know any auditor who ever came out unscathed entirely when he attempted to work with the severely ill or the insane. The amount of enturbulence caused by contact with such is fantastic.
Now, not to scare you but to inform you, psychiatry has armed itself with several new drugs. One of these, LSD, has the total goal of driving persons insane for fifteen to twenty-five hours—JUST long enough to convince people that your auditing spun the preclear.
When you see a process solve a case, and then the case spins, don’t even bother to look for the needle mark on the pc. The APA spent their whole May convention in Atlantic City drooling over the effectiveness of this LSD, WHICH HAS NEVER MADE ANYONE WELL AND IS WELL KNOWN TO HAVE THE TOTAL PURPOSE OF PRODUCING INSANITY. Grim? Fantastic? Ha! Ask the few auditors who’ve had this done to the pc. For the pc or his family often has a psychiatrist looking in, unknown to the auditor. And it HAS happened. Wild? It’s a lot wilder when it’s happening to you as an auditor. The answer? Don’t process people with psychotic histories. That’s simple enough.
Now if it does happen to you, don’t just abandon the case. Give the case a few exercises and observe the recurrence of the weird spin. Observe this carefully. And then bluntly inform the family or the authorities, if you are questioned or called in, THAT YOU AS PASTOR OF THE CONGREGATION TO WHICH THIS PERSON BELONGS HAVE A VESTED INTEREST IN THE LIFE AND HEALTH OF THIS PERSON AND THAT YOU BELIEVE THAT UNDUE INFLUENCE WAS USED AND THAT SPECIFICALLY YOU GAVE EXERCISES TO AND OBSERVED THE PERSON IN QUESTION TO DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT THAT PERSON HAD BEEN GIVEN THE INSANITY DRUG LSD SO THAT YOU COULD REPORT IT TO THE PROPER AUTHORITIES. And don’t testify otherwise. Sounds wild? Well, always do it if involved in such a thing. You’ll find the family physician or psychiatrist was called in midway in processing (which consists, remember, entirely of making able people more able). You’ll find there is a vested interest somewhere in the insanity of this person. And so testify that you suspect it. We will have to hand lots of literature on LSD, in fact we’ll have the APA convention reports on it for you. If this happens to you, you, minister, are the only policeman who would suspect it. If, then, psychiatry “plants” one on you, look it over, report the sudden occurrence of insanity promptly, testify your suspicion of LSD, produce the literature on it and get the sheriff looking around for that medico or psychiatrist as fast as possible. BUT, don’t look for trouble in the first place. Leave insane people alone. I know we can do things for them. We can also shed light on how to solve the national debt, too.
DON’T ever promise people you will cure them. If they want to know if Scientology will help their arthritis, tell them it often has been known to do so, but that that isn’t an auditor’s goal. If a person becomes more able, he’ll usually feel well. But DON’T advertise that you cure things. If you HAVE to advertise, I’ll give you some tips that work. They don’t include curing ills and insanity.
You, as the most educated people on earth on the subject of the human spirit and MAN, certainly deserve a high role in the field of religion. We can reform all of religion and make it vastly better. Why clash with healing quacks?
Scientology is for the people and of the people. It belongs to them. They are receiving it. They like it. Bear with our troubles with the dull official and authority and go out and make a happier world.
L. Ron Hubbard
*BDR: Bristol Dianetic Review, a squirrel magazine once published in Bristol, England.
*DIANOTES: a squirrel magazine once published in Minneapolis, Minnesota (US).
- Document studied on the How to Confront and Shatter Suppression PTS/SP Course. (2001 ed.) ↩