The secret blueprint for Scientology

Veda

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Type4_PTS

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Cross-posted from Chris Shelton on Facebook (published earlier today):

This week I am joined once again by Jon Atack, author and historian, to discuss the topic of brainwashing. We dive deep into the various ways academics and cult leaders have tried to “debunk” that brainwashing or mind control are even legitimate topics of discussion and we discuss how brainwashing has been used effectively by many governments and cult groups to control their members. And while this topic alone is fascinating, we also spend a good chunk of the middle of the podcast talking Scientology specifically and Jon sets me straight on some very interesting Church history and the role L. Ron Hubbard’s wife and son played in the church’s development. I am quite sure you are not going to want to miss any of this podcast. Enjoy!

Sensibly Speaking Podcast #224: Brainwashing and Scientology ft. Jon Atack
 

Veda

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Scientology and its apologists can insist that "brainwashing" does not occur in Scientology.


Nothing can change the fact that Hubbard used a manual, which he had called the Brainwashing Manual, on his own followers. This Manual was recognized, over 50 years ago, as the "blueprint" for the Scientology operation.
 

Bill

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Scientology and its apologists can insist that "brainwashing" does not occur in Scientology.​

Nothing can change the fact that Hubbard used a manual, which he had called the Brainwashing Manual, on his own followers. This Manual was recognized, over 50 years ago, as the "blueprint" for the Scientology operation.
Yeah, no. Hubbard's "Brainwashing Manual" was not a how-to and that wasn't what Hubbard used. The primary document on his technique was "Keeping Scientology Working" and the various Ethics policies were the meat of the technique. That's what was used.

The "Brainwashing Manual" was something else entirely.
 

PirateAndBum

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Yeah, no. Hubbard's "Brainwashing Manual" was not a how-to and that wasn't what Hubbard used. The primary document on his technique was "Keeping Scientology Working" and the various Ethics policies were the meat of the technique. That's what was used.

The "Brainwashing Manual" was something else entirely.
Have you read this? I read it years ago. If I recall it lays out the connections.
 

Caroline

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I went back today and reread Brian Ambry's excellent article, BRAINWASHING MANUAL PARALLELS IN SCIENTOLOGY: Revisiting The Textbook on Psychopolitics. .

I'll copy here the first chapter from the Brainwashing Manual that defines the term, "psychopolitics." It is clear to me that Scientology as a philosophy/system/organization qualifies as an "art and science of asserting and maintaining dominion over the thoughts and loyalties of individuals, officers, bureaus, and masses, and the effecting of the conquest of enemy nations through "mental healing."

CHAPTER I
THE HISTORY AND DEFINITION OF
PSYCHOPOLITICS
Although punishment for its own sake may not be entirely without recompense, it is, nevertheless, true that the end and goal of all punishment is the indoctrination of the person being punished with an idea, whether that idea be one of restraint or obedience.
In that any ruler has, from time beyond memory, needed the obedience of his subjects in order to accomplish his ends, he has thus resorted to punishment. This is true of every tribe and state in the history of Man. Today, Russian culture has evolved more certain and definite methods of aligning and securing the loyalties of persons and populaces, and of enforcing obedience upon them. This modern outgrowth of old practice is called Psychopolitics.

The stupidity and narrowness of nations not blessed with Russian reasoning has caused them to rely upon practices which are, today, too ancient and out-moded for the rapid and heroic pace of our time. And in view of the tremendous advance of Russian Culture in the field of mental technologies, begun with the glorious work of Pavlov and carried forward so ably by later Russians, it would be strange that an art and science would not evolve totally devoted to the aligning of loyalties and extracting the obedience of individuals and multitudes.
Thus we see that psychopolitical procedures are a natural outgrowth of practices as old as Man, practices which are current in every group of men throughout the world. Thus, in psychopolitical procedures there is no ethical problem, since it is obvious and evident that Man is always coerced against his will to the greater good of the State, whether by economic gains or indoctrination into the wishes and desires of the State.
Basically, Man is an animal. He is an animal which has been given a civilized veneer. Man is a collective animal, grouped together for his own protection before the threat of the environment. Those who so group and control him must then have in their possession specialized techniques
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to direct the vagaries and energies of the animal Man toward greater efficiency in the accomplishment of the goals of the State.
Psychopolitics, in one form or another, have long been used in Russia, but the subject is all but unknown outside the borders of our nation, save only where we have carefully transplanted our information and where it is used for the greater good of the nation.
The definition of Psychopolitics follows.
Psychopolitics is the art and science of asserting and maintaining dominion over the thoughts and loyalties of individuals, officers, bureaus, and masses, and the effecting of the conquest of enemy nations through "mental healing."
The subject of Psychopolitics breaks down into several categories, each a natural and logical proceeding from the last. Its first subject is the constitution and anatomy of, Man, himself, as a political organism. The next is an examination of Man as an economic organism, as this might be controlled by his desires. The next is classification of State goals for the individual and masses. The next is an examination of loyalties. The next is the general subject of obedience. The next is the anatomy of the stimulus-response mechanisms of Man. The next is the subjects of shock and endurance. The next is categories of experience. The next is the catalyzing and aligning of experience. The next is the use of drugs. The next is the use of implantation. The next is the general application of Psychopolitics within Russia. The next is the organization and use of counter-Psychopolitics. The next is the use of Psychopolitics in the conquest of foreign nations. The next is psychopolitical organizations outside Russia, their composition and activity. The next is the creation of slave philosophy in an hostile nation. The next is countering anti-psychopolitical activities abroad, and the final one, the destiny of psychopolitical rule in a scientific age. To this might be added many subcategories, such as the nullification of modern weapons by psychopolitical activity.
The strength and power of Psychopolitics cannot be overestimated, particularly when used in a nation decayed by pseudo-intellectualism, where exploitation of the masses
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combines readily with psychopolitical actions, and particularly where the greed of Capitalistic or Monarchial regimes has already brought about an overwhelming incidence of neurosis which can be employed as the groundwork for psychopolitical action and a psychopolitical corps. It is part of your mission, student, to prevent psychopolitical activity to the detriment of the Russian State, just as it is your mission to carry forward in our nation and outside it, if you are so assigned, the missions and goals of Psychopolitics. No agent of Russia could be even remotely effective without a thorough grounding in Psychopolitics, and so you carry forward with you a Russian trust to use well what you are learning here.
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Source: The Brainwashing Manual
 

Bill

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It was a PR move to position Dianetics as the "solution to Communism and brainwashing" and critics of Dianetics as "Communists". If you read it, it really isn't a how-to manual at all. There certainly are parallels between brainwashing and parts of Scientology -- especially the RPF but the "Brainwashing Manual" isn't at all significant nor important.
 

Veda

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It was a PR move to position Dianetics as the "solution to Communism and brainwashing" and critics of Dianetics as "Communists".

-snip-
That's been known by Hubbard's inner circle since 1955, and is covered in Parallels.

Yes, the Sea Org, the RPF, and "Ethics" are usually the first to be noticed, but there's much more.

If you're curious, click the link to the e-book, and other material, at the bottom of the opening post of this thread.
 

Harold#1

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Probably Intended by LRH, it was used as a tool by the deranged to create negative publicity against psychiatry. As it says below, this must have delighted LRH:

"Numerous far-right groups, including the John Birch Society, adopted it as a rallying cry to campaign against the supposed evils of “Jewish-Zionist” psychiatry. It was no wonder that in 1964 the American Journal of Psychiatry lamented that it contained “some of the most bald-faced lies ever directed against the psychiatric profession” but also that it had “a tremendous circulation and has been cited at great length.” The FBI reported, accurately enough, that it was being “circulated by persons of highly questionable background and, in some cases, sanity.”

The hysteria it engendered persisted well into the 1960s and only subsided in the 1970s. The FBI was still receiving enquiries about it as late as 1969. It prompted death threats against psychiatrists over their supposed communist affiliations, contributed to the derailing of mental health legislation in several states and, according to a professor of psychiatry at UCLA interviewed by Look magazine in 1965, resulted in individuals committing suicide rather than seeking treatment from “communist” psychiatrists.

Hubbard, who had by then declared his intention to eradicate psychiatry entirely, must have been delighted at the chaos that he had sown with his hoax."

 

Veda

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From 1979


Probably Intended by LRH, it was used as a tool by the deranged to create negative publicity against psychiatry. As it says below, this must have delighted LRH:

"Numerous far-right groups, including the John Birch Society, adopted it as a rallying cry to campaign against the supposed evils of “Jewish-Zionist” psychiatry. It was no wonder that in 1964 the American Journal of Psychiatry lamented that it contained “some of the most bald-faced lies ever directed against the psychiatric profession” but also that it had “a tremendous circulation and has been cited at great length.” The FBI reported, accurately enough, that it was being “circulated by persons of highly questionable background and, in some cases, sanity.”

The hysteria it engendered persisted well into the 1960s and only subsided in the 1970s. The FBI was still receiving enquiries about it as late as 1969. It prompted death threats against psychiatrists over their supposed communist affiliations, contributed to the derailing of mental health legislation in several states and, according to a professor of psychiatry at UCLA interviewed by Look magazine in 1965, resulted in individuals committing suicide rather than seeking treatment from “communist” psychiatrists.

Hubbard, who had by then declared his intention to eradicate psychiatry entirely, must have been delighted at the chaos that he had sown with his hoax."

It subsided in the 1970s, as public opinion shifted largely as the result of the Vietnam war, Calling someone a "Communist" was not as effective as it once was. Hubbard switched to calling his enemies Nazis, but modifying his mischievous manual to adjust for this change was impractical.


A link to a short description of Hubbard's Propaganda Tech:

Hubbard's Propaganda tech | Ex Scientologist Message Board

Despite this, Hubbard's manual, which, as a black propaganda device, was never copyrighted, is still being published, usually with different introductions and sometimes added material.

Hubbard had an explanation to his followers for the switch from calling anti-Scientologists Commies to calling Anti-Scientologists Nazis - He had made "discoveries" in his "research." etc.

As awkward a task as it might be, it's surprising that, with so many spin offs of the manual, that no one has attempted to do the same with the manual itself.

With some editing and adjustments - the "Address by Beria" would definitely have to go - it could be modernized to exploit the the current "punch a Nazi" mass hysteria fad.

No doubt, some Scientologist has dreamt of updating the manual to make it a (anti-Scientology) Nazi manual, but who would believe it?

Or is that a silly question?
 
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