“[David Miscavige] has one impulse that substitutes for strategy, and one impulse alone that he follows: attempt to overwhelm by force.”
So sayeth Marty Rathbun in his recent blog post, Corporate Scientology Aggression. And he’s right. What he is leaving out, though, is that the strategy of overwhelm comes from L. Ron Hubbard. It can be found in dozens of policies; here are a couple of examples:
“[M]ake enough threat or clamor to cause the enemy to quail… find or manufacture enough threat against them to cause them to sue for peace… Don’t ever defend. Always attack. Don’t ever do nothing.”
— L. Ron Hubbard, HCO PL 15 August 1960
“The law can be used very easily to harass, and enough harassment on somebody who is simply on the thin edge anyway, well knowing that he is not authorized, will generally be sufficient to cause his professional decease. If possible, of course, ruin him utterly.”
— L. Ron Hubbard, “The Scientologist: A manual on the dissemination of material,” 1955
One reason I started this blog was to shed the light of truth on the lies of those who would blame the evils of Scientology on David Miscavige while white-washing Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.
If you learn one thing and one thing only from this blog, it should be this: Scientologists do not think for themselves. They think the way L. Ron Hubbard told them to think.
Any practicing Scientologist, independent or Church-going, will tell you this is false.
Any ex-Scientologist will tell you it is 100% true.
It applies to the rank-and-file of the Church. It applies to Marty’s customer base. It applies to Marty Rathbun, Mike Rinder, and David Miscavige.
Think of David Miscavige and Marty Rathbun as political candidates. They both believe in the same set of laws (those written by L. Ron Hubbard). They simply believe in different ways of interpreting and implementing them. They are deeply embroiled in a dirty-tricks campaign, and Miscavige has better funding.
But at the end of the day, they both believe in the same thing: Hubbard’s teachings. And for all the Squirrel Buster antics, for all Miscavige’s use of the law to harass Rathbun, Hubbard’s policies are the real evil in Scientology.
Hubbard’s policies are what hurt people. Hubbard’s policies are what ruin lives.
And nothing Marty Rathbun or David Miscavige says is going to change that.