Political Dianetics: Scientology and Political Extremism

Posted on September 14, 2010 by

“Political Dianetics embraces the field of group activity and organization to establish the optimum conditions and processes of leadership and inter-group relations… There is no perfect political state on Earth today, there is not even a good definition of a perfect political creed. States are the victims of internal and external aberrations.” (Dianetics, 1999, 207, 515.)

Dianetics is the science and Scientology is the technology designed to give the science practical application and a means of dissemination. The man who invented them both, L. Ron Hubbard, followed Skinner who taught that a specific process (technology) will achieve a fixed target (performance or power). The questions of who selects the target and who exercises the power are evidently of top importance. Those who exploit Scientology are not looking for a minor involvement in the exercise of power: they want complete and exclusive planetary sovereignty.

If any nation in the developed world understands the dangers of totalitarian dictatorship, it must be Germany. Ursula Caberta of Hamburg is known internationally as one of the world’s toughest critics of Scientology. In 1994 she described Scientology as a “totalitarian organization that seeks to control everybody else, a dictatorship.” Two years later, in an interview with the New York Times, Caberta confirmed her view of Scientology as a “political movement” whose “aim is to conquer the world.” Drawing the parallel between Scientology and fascism, she said: “In Germany, we have had bad experiences with people who want to rule the world.”

When a German who has made it her business to study Scientology warns the rest of the world about a rising threat the rest of the world should pay attention. The German government maintains that Scientology harms its members and is potentially dangerous to society. Scientology aims to infiltrate the German economy and has made progress in the areas of management training and real estate.



Do the Germans perhaps exaggerate? Decide for yourself.

Scientology and Political Extremism

As an organisation which rejects parliamentary democracy in favor of its own processes, its very existence is a challenge to the integrity of a democratic state. On the surface Scientology pays lip-service to peace, democracy, human rights, free and fair elections, a world free from war, crime and drugs, but this is a smoke screen. When we look at what it does, rather than what it says, it becomes clear that its treatment of its own members and its attitude towards established social norms is totalitarian. Its internal justice systems are a cruel travesty and its RPF punishment camps are no better than concentration camps.   Indeed it has been claimed – and one may well believe – that Hubbard, the founder of Dianetics, owed much of his inspiration to the abuses of Nazi Germany.

The cult’s membership is generally in decline but it is probable that some fifty-thousand people world-wide, most of them in the United States, are still dedicated Scientologists. If we include relatives of members, employees of Scientology-run companies, and children and young people exposed to Applied Scholastics or to Scientology’s anti-psychiatry propaganda or to its drug programs or other front groups, a million or more individuals may have been trained to believe at some level in the survival of the fittest, Scientology’s “Clears” or “New Men”, an elite who will “clear the planet” and bring about a global state ruled by Scientology. The inner circle of activists are all dedicated to Keeping Scientology Working (KSW) by implementing the tech exactly as laid down by the founder and source, L. Ron Hubbard.

The cult’s internal economic achievements have been widely reported since 1990, and are still impressive despite the downturn in its numbers. Scientology is a highly profitable business. It could hardly be otherwise as it has very low overheads and its American and European operations generate millions in income from courses and from individual donations. Its annual income is reported to be in the region of $1.5 billion, most of it tax free (as it is recognized as a religion in the USA). Its deeper policy objectives have remained well hidden though, as a result of leaks to the Net, they are by no means as secret as they once were. It is clear, moreover, that they are well able to finance their political ambitions if and when they decide the time is ripe.

Politics and extremism
The six features that characterise an extremist movement have been defined as absolute beliefs, dogmatism, utopian delusions, a friend-enemy stereotype, conspiracy theories, and fanaticism. (Uwe Backes, “Political Extremism within the Democratic Constitution”.) Scientology exhibits all of these features. Several of them – absolute beliefs, a friend-enemy complex, utopian delusions, its belief that psychiatry is a conspiracy – are evident to anyone who has had any contact with the cult.

But Scientology goes further. It regards itself as a valid scientific technology, discovered by L. Ron Hubbard, a genius who published his findings in 1950 as “Dianetics, The Modern Science of Mental Health”. Dianetics is still the most widely read of his many books. It outlines a brand of DIY psychotherapy, which he sold as a way of curing all human ills, but which is an effective way of turning people into virtual slaves. In addition to the “tech” Dianetics outlines various policy goals and formulates the methods which, according again to Hubbard, will enable it to reform and control the social order and thus save the planet. Diantics, in fact, is a revolutionary handbook. Hubbard claims that his mental remodeling will create a Clear or Homo Novo. On a larger scale, the remodelling of society by removing “criminals, traitors and zealots” will create ideal societies. (Dianetics New Era 1999, 513.)

Only the Scientology organization and “Clears” or New Men have a chance of survival, leading to a Clear Planet. Since the Clear is the only right-thinking and sane person in society, only he can make decisions for the community (a Clear-Elite). Ultimately, only Clears will have a legal right to exist. “Perhaps at some distant date only the unaberrated person will be granted civil rights before law.” (Dianetics 1999, 511.)

Hubbard made his dislike of democracy plain in a Policy Letter (HCO Policy Letter 2 Nov 1970, “The Theory of Scientology Organizations”):

“A totally democratic organization has a bad name in Dianetics and Scientology despite all this talk of agreement. It has been found by actual experiment (LA 1950) that groups of people called on to select a leader from among them by nomination and vote routinely select only those who would kill them. They select the talkers of big deeds and ignore the doers. They seem to select unerringly the men of average skill. That is never good enough in a leader and the people suffer from his lack of understanding. If you ever have occasion to elect a leader for your group, don’t be “democratic” about it. … Democracy is only possible in a nation of Clears–and even they can make mistakes. When the majority rules, the minority suffers. The best are always a minority.”

In The Science of Survival, which was issued in 1951 to expand on and simplify Dianetics, Hubbard explains how this clearing of society is to take place, what is to happen at the lower end of what he called the Tone Scale. There were only two answers to the problem of “low-tone” people: one could either raise their tone by auditing, which might take hundreds of hours, or one could “dispose of them quietly and without sorrow.”  He continues:

“The sudden and abrupt deletion of all individuals occupying the lower bands of the tone scale from the social order would result in an almost instant rise in the cultural tone and would interrupt the dwindling spiral into which any society may have entered. It is not necessary to produce a world of Clears in order to have a reasonable and worthwhile social order; it is only necessary to delete those individuals who range from 2.0 down, either by processing them enough to get their tone level above the 2.0 line … or simply quarantining them from the society.” (L.R. Hubbard, Science of Survival, 1951, 173).

Hubbard added what he called a “historical note” which made plain what he meant by deleting or disposing of suppressives, critics and low-tone people. A Venezuelan dictator who wanted to get rid of leprosy collected and destroyed all the beggars in the country, for he had noticed that most lepers in Venezuela were also beggars.

Hubbard defined aberration as a departure from rational thought or behavior. (Dianetics 1999, 569.) To clear means “to release all the physical pain and painful emotion from the life of an individual or, as Political Dianetics claims, a society.” (Dianetics 2007, 207.) A Clear is an unaberrated person. He is capable of utterly rational thought as he has no remaining engrams that might be restimulated to upset him and make him subject to error.  To be Clear is the goal in Dianetics therapy.  (Dianetics 1999, 577.) The more Clears in a society, the more chance it has to prosper.” (Dianetics 2007, 207.) This is the utopian delusion which draws people in to Scientology and keeps them dedicated to it and to its founder’s vision, despite the evidence of their own senses.

It is a matter of some interest, and even relief, that in sixty years Hubbard’s tech has not produced a single individual even at its top level (OTVIII) who is more rational, more healthy or has more supernatural powers than anyone around him.   On the contrary: by the time a person is adjudged to be “clear” – a decision which seems to have more to do with the ability to pay for further courses as it has to do with mental capability – his mind has been so deranged and damaged that psychotic breakdowns and even suicides are common. One victim was Lisa McPherson, who had a psychotic break in the summer of 1995, recovered, was designated “Clear” in September 1995, had a second psychotic break in November, and died on 5 December after seventeen days of solitary confinement, locked alone in a hotel bedroom, a process known as the Introspection Rundown.  This is Hubbard’s prescribed treatment for psychosis. Her death under appalling conditions, as a virtual prisoner of the cult, caused justified outrage, and led to criminal charges and an out-of-court settlement.  Her death caused a comparable flap within the organisation, for Hubbard’s tech had been scrupulously applied and it had not worked.

Judicial Dianetics
Hubbard also anticipated that the ideal social system would be governed by Clears. As the individual Clear would act in a totally impartial, logical way, the ideal society would consist entirely of Clears.

“The problems of jurisprudence and, indeed, all judgment, are inextricably interwoven with the problems of behaviour. …  It is not enough that an individual be himself unaberrated, for he discovers himself within the confines of a society which itself has compounded its culture into many unreasonable prejudices and customs.  The establishment of actual source for wrong and evil is a fundamental problem of all jurisprudence. The actual source unfortunately lies in the irrationalities of those in past generations who, working with limited knowledge and oppressed by their environs, sought solutions with equations which contained false and indefinite factors.” (Dianetics 1999, 510)

His rhetoric then becomes very fine, always a sign of borrowed feathers:

“Jurisprudence and its adjudications are constructed on the cornerstones of right and wrong, good and evil. Definition of these is inherent in Dianetics: by these definitions a correct solution can be reached with regard to any action or actions of man.” (Dianetics 1999, 509.)

But Hubbard’s apparent respect for traditional jurisprudence and notions of good and evil, is a typical magician’s bluff. In reality Hubbard defined good as anything that advances Scientology and evil as anything that stands in its way. This principle is enshrined in KSW (Keep Scientology Working, HCOPL of 7 February 1965) and in every other context. In practice his followers are banned from using normal legal remedies. To do so invites expulsion and vicious persecution. Scientologists who wish to remain in good standing must settle their complaints against each other – ranging from the theft of hundreds of thousands of dollars to the rape and death of young children – in front of the Chaplain Court, an internal committee of unqualified people, who will decide what is best for Scientology, regardless of individual rights and wrongs and regardless of any legal or moral concepts held by the community at large. Morality in the New State is whatever is good for the state.  The end justifies the means.

Propaganda By Redefinition of Words

When attempting to overthrow a democratic society, extremists may go underground or they may work under a democratic cover, concealing their true nature and intentions from outsiders, as Scientology has tried to do. It has created a multiplicity of front groups, which appear to be secular public-benefit organisations and it has created a separate language which not only distinguishes them from the rest of society but helps to control their followers and to keep their discussions secret. The use of a coded language is particularly relevant when associated with various forms of hypnotic thought control, as it is in Dianetics.

Clear or aberrated, as used in Dianetics, has little to do with their normal meaning in English. Scientology uses language to obscure many contexts. Like the hypnotic repetition in Hubbard’s texts, this is deliberate. In one of his many policy letters (HCOPL 5 October 1971 Propaganda by Redefinition of Words), Hubbard wrote that public opinion could be changed by changing the meaning of a key word to something advantageous with different emotional connotations.  He believed, perhaps overoptimistically, that it would be easy to redefine “psychiatry” and “psychiatrist” to mean “an antisocial enemy of the people”  and to redefine modern psychology as a German military system “used to condition men for war and subsidized in American and other universities at the time the government was having trouble with the draft.”  This, at any rate, was his view of the matter.

The new definition of a word such as psychiatry or psychology had then to be repeated as often as possible.  “ Thus it is necessary to redefine medicine, psychiatry and psychology downward and define Dianetics and Scientology upwards.”  He believed that with constant repetition the battle for public opinion would be won by Scientology, as the world came to believe in Hubbard’s new definitions, and rejected those of the “opposition”.   To judge by the results after sixty years, he had perhaps rather too much faith in the ability of psychological tricks to influence language.

This rather one-sided propaganda war against evil psychs find experssion in Scientology’s public support for civil rights.  CCHR is another Scientology stalking horse in the form of a front group, put up to deflect attention from its own criminal disregard for human rights. Its most devoted members, the members of the Sea Organisation, are virtual slaves, deprived of almost every human right including (since 1986) the right to have children. This exposes the totalitarian reality behind the false definitions and coined words, the purpose behind the hypnosis, violence, neglect and madness.

Scientology and Ethics

Within the cult, redefinition is rampant.  It is the key to reprogramming.  The first lesson, applied to toddlers as soon as they can speak, is to word-check everything, with a Scientology dictionary always at hand.  Thus the word Ethics has been redefined. Hubbard said that ethics was the additional tool needed to “get technology in.”  Stephen Kent (2003) recognised that Scientology’s “ethics” defines a peculiar brand of morality that uniquely benefits the organisation.


Everything that Hubbard invented, designed or wrote relates to the fulfillment of his political objectives. The purpose of Scientology “ethics” is to eliminate opponents, critics and anyone who has persistent doubts. It is designed to eliminate an individual’s interests in anything other than Scientology, by forcing them to work them 120 hours a week, by pushing them into bankruptcy, by preventing contact with their relatives, by depriving them of adequate food and sleep, by punitive imprisonment. In such an environment, Scientology can impose its philosophy, its justice system and its ethics on members who have been stripped of all self-will.

Hubbard foresaw a glorious future, in which perhaps “only the unaberrated person will be granted civil rights before law” and “only the unaberrated person can attain to and benefit from citizenship. These are desirable goals and would produce a marked increase in the survival ability and happiness of man.” (Dianetics 1999, 511.) The application of these principles today show no sign of improving the survival ability or happiness of individual Scientologists. But they do increase in the power of Scientology to manipulate society for its own ends.  For the only “unaberrated persons” in Hubbard’s brave new world are the elite of Scientology, the so-called “Clears”.  In his own image, the rest of society – at every level – will hurtle headlong over the cliff to its destruction.  “The auditor …  may see customs, laws, organizations and societies attempt to avoid the bridge but, being swept along, tumble into a nothingness below them.” (Dianetics 1999 edition, 512.)

In The End of America: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot (2007), Naomi Wolf lists the ten steps necessary for a Fascist group or government to destroy the democratic character of a nation-state and subvert the social/political liberty previously exercised by its citizens.  Looking at Scientology we can tick almost all of them.

  • Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy – psychiatrists, Marcabians.

  • Create secret prisons where torture takes place – RPF, The Hole.

  • Develop a thug caste or paramilitary force not answerable to citizens – Sea Org, OSA.

  • Set up an internal surveillance system – KRs, Com Ev, OSA.

  • Harass citizens’ groups – on-going.

  • Engage in arbitrary detention and release – detention yes, release no.

  • Target key individuals – on-going.

  • Control the press – on-going but failing.

  • Treat all political dissidents as traitors – yes, insofar as they can.

  • Suspend the rule of law – yes, insofar as they can.

She shows how this pattern was followed in Nazi Germany, in Fascist Italy and elsewhere, and compares it to the current state of affairs in American political power since 9/11, the attacks of 11 September 2001. Wolf is talking about the actions taken by the George W. Bush administration and the U.S. Congress after the 9/11 attacks. But could she also be thinking about Scientology?

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