Scientology promoting William Burroughs, who later rejected Scientology


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Burroughs On Scientology

Los Angeles Free Press, 06 Mar 1970

In view of the fact that my articles and statements on Scientology may have influenced young people to associate themselves with the so called Church of Scientology, I feel an obligation to make my present views on the subject quite clear.

Some of the techniques are highly valuable and warrant further study and experimentation. The E Meter is a useful device ... (many variations of this instrument are possible). On the other hand I am in flat disagreement with the organizational policy. No body of knowledge needs an organizational policy. Organizational policy can only impede the advancement of knowledge. There is a basic incompatibility between any organization and freedom of thought. Suppose Newton had founded a Church of Newtonian Physics and refused to show his formula to anyone who doubted the tenets of Newtonian Physics? All organizations create organizational necessities. It is precisely organizational necessities that have prevented Scientology from obtaining the serious consideration merited by the importance of Mr. Hubbard's discoveries. Scientologists are not prepared to accept intelligent and sometimes critical evaluation. They demand unquestioning acceptance.

Mr. Hubbard's overtly fascist utterances (China is the real threat to world peace, Scientology is protecting the home, the church, the family, decent morals ... positively no wife swapping. It's a dirty Communist trick ... national boundaries, the concepts of RIGHT and WRONG against evil free thinking psychiatrist) can hardly recommend him to the militant students. Certainly it is time for the Scientologists to come out in plain English on one side or the other, if they expect the trust and support of young people. Which side are you on Hubbard, which side are you on?


Ali's Smile / Naked Scientology William S. Burroughs, Expanded Media Editions, ISBN 0388030119

‘Contains essays previously published in US alternative newspapers in the early 1970s, and a series of letters between the Church of Scientology and the author.’
I'm guessing the person who posted the essay didn't know about the subsequent letters where Burroughs wakes up to the cult.

Somebody with an Instagram account needs to post a link to Ali's Smile on that photo: Scientology.pdf


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This is amusing. Typical of the cult to lock onto a wrong item.

I was his auditor who did his Clear Check at Edinburgh, so I know his real feelings about Hubbard and $cn.

This has been posted before. There was no way Burroughs had any affinity for the cult


From a post on ESMB by DartSmohen:

I remember doing the review session on William Burroughs before he attested Clear in 1968. He was pleased to have reached that state.

The only person he would speak to at the AO was me, anyone else he would cut them dead.

After attesting, the Reg asked him if he was ready to sign up for his OT levels.

"I don't think so" was his waspish reply. The Div 6 lady asked him to write a success story on attesting clear.

He wrote "Adequate" and then flounced out of the building on his way back to NY.



William Burroughs, 'Naked Scientology', 1972:

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In the early 1970s, Burroughs wrote approvingly of some aspects of Scientology "tech," but also warned that Scientology came into being, "fundamentally as [a means for] an ersatz [substitute] immortality for its founder...":

More Burroughs:

In the book, 'The teachings of Don Juan', Castaneda described drugs of devastating potency, drugs unknown to modern science. These drugs should be investigated and made available.

Unimaginable extensions of awareness are now possible in terms of existing techniques. Let's set up a center where all of these techniques can be pooled, and to challenge anyone who claims to have knowledge of inner space to come out and share what you have.

Let's explore inner space, Your inner space belongs to you. It is time to demand what is yours.



Burroughs re. his experiences in Scientology during the late 1960s:

...I remember one weekend after a few drinks confiding certain doubts about Scientology to a supposed friend.

"They'll wring it out of me at the next Sec Check," he sobbed. "Why don't you go straight to Ethics and make a clean breast of it?"

I remember some old biddy dragging me into a broom closet... and asking me on the e-meter, "Do you have any unkind thoughts about L. Ron Hubbard? ... That reads. What do you consider that means?"

"He's so beautiful he dazzles me. I can't help resenting it sometimes."

In the words of Celine - "All this time I felt my self respect slipping away and finally completely gone. As it were, officially removed..."

Like an anthropologist who has, after unspeakable indignities, penetrated a savage tribe, I was determined to hang on and get the big medicine...

...I was ordered for a Joberg [Security Check] because I rockslammed [a type of 'read' on the e-meter] on a question, "What would have to happen before Scientology worked on everybody?" (I couldn't confront it.) The [1961] Joberg published for the first time in Inside Scientology [1972]...

..."That's it!" barks a sulky Sea Org lieutenant in the doorway of the Public Ethics Officer.

"Everybody line up for a Sec Check."

When my turn comes I pick up the cans.

"Do you consider St. Hill a safe environment?"

"Yes, of course I do."

"There's a read there. What do you consider that could mean?"

"Well, we're surrounded by suppressives. It frightens me to think of these devils all around us."

I was learning...