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Hubbard's Propaganda tech

Discussion in 'L Ron Hubbard' started by Veda, Sep 18, 2019.

  1. Veda

    Veda Sponsor

    Some background:


    During the 1950s, and much of the 1960s, the "public" "hated" communists, so Hubbard made a point of being vehemently and publicly anti-communist, and sought to identify his perceived enemies, including his wife, as communists or communist sympathizers.

    However, Hubbard could vary his approach if it seemed advantageous to do so. For example, in the mid 1960s, when Senator McCarthy and McCarthyism were regarded negatively by certain people he was then attempting to influence, he instructed that Scientology be identified as anti-Capitalist.

    In a 6 October 1965 (broadly circulated) 'Executive Letter' Hubbard announced, "McCarthyism has many faces. It is still abroad today."


    And in another (non public) issue, 'Enquiry Rumor UK' of 9 February 1966, Hubbard (privately) explained:

    "Couple the words psychiatry with Capitalism - allege that psychiatry is the Capitalist's tool. A Conservative opened the attack in the UK and found the Press beating the drum for us."​

    When this approach did not prove effective, Hubbard quickly resumed his prior long standing tactic of calling his enemies "communists." After all, many people were still anti-Communist, even if "McCartyism" had become unpopular.

    Then, there was another shift. By 1971, with the USA Vietnam war becoming increasing unpopular, and Scientology's membership, and potential membership, becoming younger, Hubbard switched to calling his enemies fascists and Nazis.

    This shift was announced in Confidential Guardian Order 060571 LRH 6 May 71, Working Theory:
    "We thought it went Russia to West. Actually that is because it went Nazi to Russia to West. Both Russia and the West are internally dominated in the field of psychiatry by the original Nazis."

    Having examined Hubbard's explanations and instructions to his inner circle in his private intelligence operation then called the Guardians Office, now renamed the Office of Special Affairs, it's obvious that he was fabricating, at times, and spinning a tale.

    A year and a half earlier, with another confidential missive, Intelligence Actions, Covert Intelligence Data Collection of 2 December 1969, he had confided, with the same inner circle, that his second wife, Sara, was a Russian spy whose real name was "Sara Komkovadamanov" and that he had met her "at a place nuclear physicists stayed."

    This is reminiscent of Hubbard's bizarre 1950s letters to the FBI which eventually earned him the label "appears mental." Yet, in those letters, interwoven with the wild tales, Hubbard had objectives.

    As the "Commodore" of his private intelligence network, Hubbard also had objectives, and he was issuing serious instructions, and tech ("how to"), sometimes camouflaged as describing enemy tactics, about which he was informing his inner circle so that they could protect themselves and Scientology, yet this same inner circle knew, having read (and heard) his institutions elsewhere, including in the confidential 1969 HCOPL, Targets, Defense (which had its own protective camouflage language) that they were to USE ENEMY TACTICS (wink wink).

    (In even more deeply confidential materials, the "wink wink" camouflage language is absent and the instructions are blunt, but such materials usually omit anything that would identify them with Hubbard to an outsider, in keeping with the "tight conspiracy" model as described in the 1967 Responsibility of Leaders - 'Bolivar' - Policy Letter.)

    That, mixed with his fabrications, can sometimes make these writings difficult to read. There is a madness but it's mixed with a very cunning method, and it's obvious that Hubbard had no problem lying to his own inner circle while, at the same time, giving them serious (and secret) instructions.

    There are numerous accounts of Hubbard being paranoid and seeing enemies everywhere, but also he seemed to be mindful of the use of propaganda technique, and adjusted it according to the prevailing public opinion. This was formalized into his own confidential Scientology Propaganda tech.

    L. Ron Hubbard explained how to use propaganda (to push the "hate" and "love" "buttons") in his confidential 'Battle Tactics' of 16 February 1969:

    "The only safe public opinion to head for is they love us and are in a frenzy of hate against the enemy, that means standard wartime propaganda is what one is doing... Know the mores of your public opinion, what they hate. That's the enemy. What they love. That's you."

    And another piece of Scientology tech, from Hubbard's confidential 'Black Propaganda' of 12 January 1972:

    "The objective is to be identified as attackers of popularly considered evils. This declassifies us from former labels. It reclassifies our attackers as evil people."

    What his inner circle, and Scientologists broadly, didn't realize, was that Hubbard was also using propaganda and "enemy tactics" on them.​
  2. Gib

    Gib Crusader

    what you are explaining is actually Hubbard's rhetoric.
  3. Veda

    Veda Sponsor

    Rhetoric and other things too.