Hubbard on Democracy & Ethics


The German government alleges that Scientology is a totalitarian organization which tries to achieve political power. This is supposed to be demonstrated by the following quotes.

Hubbard on democracy

HCO PL 15 Aug 1960, "Department of Governmental Affairs"

In the face of danger from government or courts, there are only two errors one can make: (a) do nothing and (b) defend. The right things to do with any threat are to (1) find out if we want to play the offered game or not (2) if not, to derail the offered game with a feint or attack upon the most vulnerable point which can be disclosed in the enemy ranks (3) make enough threat or clamor to cause the enemy to quail (4) don't try to get any money out of it (5) make every attack by us also sell Scientology and (6) win. If attacked on some vulnerable point by anyone or anything or any organization, always find or manufacture enough threat against them to cause them to sue for peace. Peace is bought with an exchange of advantage, so make the advantage and then settle. Don't ever defend. Always attack. Don't ever do nothing. Unexpected attacks in the rear of the enemy's front ranks work best.
The goal of the department is to bring the government and hostile philosophies or societies into a state of complete compliance with the goals of Scientology. This is done by high-level ability to control and in its absence by low-level ability to overwhelm. Introvert such agencies. Control such agencies. Scientology is the only game on Earth where everybody wins.

HCO PL 7 Feb 1965, reissued 27 Aug 1980, corrected and reissued 12 Oct 1985, "Keeping Scientology Working Series 1"

And I don't see that popular measures, self-abnegation and democracy have done anything for Man but push him further into the mud. Currently, popularity endorses degraded novels, self-abnegation has filled the Southeast Asian jungles with stone idols and corpses, and democracy has given us inflation and income tax.

HCO PL 13 Feb 1965, "Politics"

"Watching the US and Australia fight Scientology with blind fury while supporting oppressive mental and religious practices proves that democracy, applied to and used by aberrated people, is far from an ideal activity and is only aberrated democracy.
"Therefore a democracy is a collective-think of reactive banks. Popular opinion is bank opinion.
"Any human group is likely to elect only those who kill them. That's concluded from actual 1950 experiments."

HCO PL 17 Mar 1965

"The reason a democracy or any wide open group caves in lies in its extending its privileges of membership to those who seek to destroy it."

HCO PL 4 Jan 1966, "LRH Relationships to Orgs"

"Somebody some day will say 'this is illegal'. By then be sure the orgs say what is legal or not."

HCO PL 2 Nov 1970, "The Theory of Scientology Organizations"

"A totally democratic organization has a bad name in Dianetics and Scientology despite all this talk of agreement. I has been found by actual experiment (LA 1950) that groups of people called on to select a leader from among them by nomination and vote routinely select only those who would kill them. They select the talkers of big deeds and ignore the doers. They seem to select unerringly the men of average skill. That is never good enough in a leader and the people suffer from his lack of understanding. If you ever have occasion to elect a leader for your group, don't be "democratic" about it."
"This is a government circa mid-20th century. Its highest skill is murder which in its profundity it makes legal.
Democracies _hate_ brains and skill. Don't get in that rut. In the US War Between the States, militia companies elected their officers with great lack of success in battle. They finally learned after tens of thousands of casualties that it was skill not popularity that counted. Why be a casualty--learn first. Democracy is only possible in a nation of Clears--and even they can make mistakes. When the majority rules, the minority suffers. The best are always a minority."

"Dianetics: The Mental Science of Modern Health"

"Perhaps at some distant date only the unaberrated person will be granted civil rights under the law. Perhaps the goal will be reached at some future time when only the unaberrated person can attain to and benefit from citizenship. These are desirable goals and would produce a marked increase in the survival ability and happiness of man."

"Science of Survival"

"The only answers would seem to be the permanent quarantine of such ['1.1, or covertly hostile, low-toned'] persons from society to avoid the contagion of their insanities and the general turbulence which they bring into any order, thus forcing it lower on the scale, or processing such person until they have attained a level on the tone scale which gives them value.

In any event, any person from 2.0 down on the tone scale should not have, in any thinking society, any civil rights of any kind, because by abusing those rights he brings into being arduous and strenuous laws which are oppressive to those who need no such restraints."


"There are only two answers for the handling of people from 2.0 down on the tone scale, neither one of which has anything to do with reasoning with them or listening to their justification of their acts. The first is to raise them on the tone scale by un-enturbulating some of their theta by any one of the three valid processes. The other is to dispose of them quietly and without sorrow."


"The sudden and abrupt deletion of all individuals occupying the lower bands of the tone scale from the social order would result in an almost instant rise in the cultural tone and would interrupt the dwindling spiral into which any society may have entered. It is not necessary to produce a world of clears in order to have a reasonable and worthwhile social order; it is only necessary to delete those individuals who range from 2.0 down, either by processing them enough to get their tone level above the 2.0 line - a task which, indeed, is not very great, since the amount of processing in many cases might be under fifty hours, although it might also in others be in excess of two hundred - or simply quarantining them from the society.

A Venezuelan dictator once decided to stop leprosy. He saw that most lepers in his country were also beggars. By the simple expedient of collecting and destroying all the beggars in Venezuela an end was put to leprosy in that country."

Hubbard on ethics

"A Manual on the Dissemination of Material" (first published in "Ability, the Magazine of DIANETICS and SCIENTOLOGY", 1955) (full text)

"The purpose of [a lawsuit] is to harass and discourage rather than to win. 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."
(This paragraph has apparently been purged from later editions of the "Manual".)

HCO PL 1 Mar 1965, "HCO (Division 1), Ethics, Suppressive Acts, Suppression of Scientology and Scientologists, The Fair Game Law"

"The homes, property, places and abodes of persons who have been active in attempting to suppress Scientology or Scientologists are all beyond any protection of Scientology Ethics, unless absolved by later Ethics or an amnesty.
"A truly Suppressive Person or group has no rights of any kind and actions taken against them are not punishable."

This policy has allegedly been cancelled.

HCOPL 15 Feb 1966, "Attacks on Scientology" (full text from the Foster report).

"NEVER agree to an investigation of Scientology. ONLY agree to an investigation of the attackers.
"This is correct procedure:
  1. Spot who is attacking us.
  2. Start investigating them promptly for FELONIES or worse using our own professionals, not outside agencies.
  3. Double curve our reply by saying we welcome an investigation of them.
  4. Start feeding lurid, blood sex crime actual evidence on the attackers to the press.
Don't ever tamely admit to an investigation of us. Make it rough, rough on attackers all the way."

LRH ED 149 INT, 2 Dec 1966, "Branch 5 Project, Project Squirrel"

"7. If we do the above as our pattern, we will successfully bring the following facts into public consciousness:

(a) People who attack Scientology are criminals.
(b) That if one attacks Scientology he gets investigated for crimes.
(c) If one does not attack Scientology, despite not being with it, one is safe."

HCO PL 18 Oct 1967, "Penalties for lower conditions"

"ENEMY SP Order. Fair game. May be deprived of property or injured by
any means by any Scientologist without any discipline of the
Scientologist. May be tricked, sued or lied to or destroyed."

This order was cancelled three times.

  1. In HCO PL 21 July 1968, "Penalties for lower conditions", the above paragraph is

    "ENEMY - Suppressive Person order. May not be communicated with by anyone except an Ethics Officer, Master at Arms, a Hearing Officer or a Board or Committee. May be restrained or imprisoned. May not be protected by any rules or laws of the group he sought to injure as he sought to destroy or bar fair practices for others. May not be trained or processed or admitted to any org."

  2. HCO PL 21 October 1968, "Cancellation of Fair Game" says:
    The practice of declaring people FAIR GAME will cease. FAIR GAME may not appear on any Ethics Order. It causes bad public relations.

    This P/L does not cancel any policy on the treatment or handling of an SP.

  3. HCO PL 6 October 1970, "Ethics penalties" again cancels HCO PL 18 Oct 67.


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