well said.I think it all boils down to this:
People accept crowd mentality because they think if that many people believe it, it must be true.
That is a fatal mistake.
Hubbard wrapped everything in Total Freedom because that is what people want. He could say anything he wanted and then say that is the way to Total Freedom and people lap it up.
You will find the goal of freedom in any group think.
Hubbard most definitely latched onto what you said.
Today, same thing. We have feedback such as likes, dislikes all over the world on yelp, facebook, twitter, followers, even here on ESMB. Le Bon's works of the crowd mentality are worth reading, to save oneself, if anything, LOL