A Racist and eugenic ideology.
In part five of this series ‘An Unsavoury Family Business’, I noted that L Ron Hubbard had on occasion made Racist remarks, anecdotally, many of these were ‘off camera’ so to speak, though given the era, in practice this means not in print. I linked this to a family history in which there was strong evidence that the DeWolf family from whom hubbard was descended via his maternal grandmother were heavily involved in the slave trade. I think it is worth using part six of this expedition into the nether regions of Scientology to illustrate and decode Hubbard’s Racist sentiments.
There is written evidence of Hubbard’s racism, and it begins early, he was 17 when he wrote in his Journal: “They smell of all the baths they didn’t take. The trouble with China is, there are too many chinks here.” L. Ron Hubbard, Personal Journal 1928.
His Racist sentiments are present in his ideas about Dianetics from the very beginning: “…the Zulu is only outside the bars of a madhouse because there are no madhouses provided by his tribe. … primitives are far more aberrated than civilized peoples. Their savageness, their unprogressiveness, their incidence of illness …“ L. Ron Hubbard, Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, 1950.
Even the Jews come in for a direct racial Slur, which is extended as blame: “Furthermore, [Sigmund Freud] had a racial fixation on sex, a fixation sufficiently pronounced to cause it to infect contagiously all modern European stock.” L. Ron Hubbard, PAB No. 92, “A Critique of Psychoanalysis”, 10 July 1956.
He continues his stereotypes: “…the African tribesman, with his complete contempt for truth and his emphasis on brutality and savagery for others but not for himself, is a no-civilization.” L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology: The Fundamentals of Thought, 1956.
There are not many ‘races’ who escape his disdain: “ Now we say there’s, well, another place in the world—there’s India. Wonderful place — except for its people.” L. Ron Hubbard, “The Control of Hysteria” (lecture), 15 April 1957.
And he is somewhat sympathetic towards Apartheid in South Africa: “The problem of South Africa is different than the world thinks. There is no native problem. The native worker gets more than white workers do in England! […] The South African government is not a police state. It’s easier on people than the United States government!” L. Ron Hubbard, HCOB 10 October 1960, “Current News”
And he goes on, blissfully ignorant of the outrageous stereotypes he promotes as he does so: “Illiterate cultures do not survive and they are not very high. The natives of the tribe of the Bugga Bugga Booga Boogas down in Lower Bugga Wugga Booga Woog are mostly no longer with us, or they are around waving red flags today and revolting against their central government. And they didn’t learn fast. Their literacy was not up to absorbing culture rapidly. They’ve been very happily down amongst the bong-bong trees, you know, dancing up and down amongst the bong-bong trees, and the highest level of their interest and so forth was their own back yard. L. Ron Hubbard, The Study Tapes, “Study: Evaluation and Information”, lecture given on 11 August 1964
And even as late as 1966, Hubbard seems completely comfortable with the idea of having a servant whilst in Africa, where his paternalistic attitude could be argued to mirror those of some of his ancestors: “For instance, my boy Jamble … I used to tell him “yes, I know Jamble — you’re a good boy even though you do drink and smoke dacca and gamble — that has nothing to do with me, you’re still a good boy” and you know he came way up tone arm. I noticed he drank less and I think he stopped smoking dacca entirely but he didn’t stop gambling because Master used to give him a pound to go out to the race track and lose.
… tremendous labour supply in the Bantu, the Mshombe, the Matabele, these people are very hard-working people and under proper direction are quite productive. … and here is this perfectly valid labour supply — the African, who at this time is not being well utilised at all; …” L. Ron Hubbard, Conference with the Guardian, 18 July 1966
There are many many more examples than this, the following links give broader spectrum than would be appropriate here.
The assumptions in the above are astounding, Hubbard clearly regards Tribal peoples as stupid and barbarous by definition. To some extent it might be possible to explain this as a stereotype held by many people at the time, if it was not for the comment in the last example above, “the African, who at this time is not being well utilised at all”, this puts the ‘African’ clearly in the role of a underused commodity.
His comments regarding the Chinese and Indians illustrate a disdain not just for the simpler (Though not necessarily less civilised) tribal cultures but also the long established cultures of the east. Further his reference to Freud’s supposed ‘racial fixation’ which he then frames in the established culture of blame concerning Jews is particularly unsavoury, especially given the time in which he is saying it.
In Hubbard’s, “affirmations,” revealed by Gerry Armstrong, and strongly disputed by die hard scientologists, (For those less knowledgeable about Scientology, Armstrongs reliability has been targeted by the Church of Scientology for many years, in part for publicising the ‘affirmations‘.) included lines like, “All men shall be my slaves! All women shall succumb to my charms! All mankind shall grovel at my feet and not know why!”
This fits very well with the above, but perhaps needs a little further support.
“Somebody some day will say “this is illegal”. By then be sure the orgs say what is legal or not.” L. Ron Hubbard, Science of Survival, part I, page 131
Which certainly underlines the point.
You want to know what happens when you clear everybody in that neighbourhood, the only thing that [Scientology] center can become used for is a political center. Because by the time you’ve done all this, you are the government…-L. Ron Hubbard, HCOPL 4 January 1966
I have also seen this quoted as:
“Once the world is Clear — a nation, a state, a city or a village — the Scientology-organization in the area becomes its government! And once this has taken place the only policy accepted as valid is Scientology policy.” L. Ron Hubbard, taped lecture 9 January 1962, “Future Org Trends”
This leads us to consider Sciuentology policy might be, even in diantetics, Hubbard’s authoritarian approach to social control is apparent: “Perhaps at some distant date only the unaberrated person will be granted civil rights before 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… -L. Ron Hubbard, Dianetics, p252
Hubbard spends time in various places describing his ‘tone scale’ which classifies emotional states, according to his own interpretation of value, but which he presents as though it is an empirical fact. In this scale anger is by definition bad, and Cheerfulness good, which superficially seems fine, except when considering how we are supposed to feel about injustice for example, at which point Hubbard’s Tone scale becomes quite useless.
In ‘Science of Survival’, Hubbard then sets about fitting people into his tone scale, high numbers being good and low numbers being bad, in practice this is a way of rating people’s value to society. Interesting Adolf Hitler, and Stalin come in at 2.0, Arthritis Sufferers at 1.5, Gay people at 1.1.
This illustrates some of the absurdity of this ‘system’, however this absurdity, becomes downright alarming when Hubbard says, “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.”
And then emphasises this further: ‘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,’
Science of survival (1951) p 100
This sounds suspiciously eugenic, and wasn’t an idea mentioned once and then dropped, but repeated in different forms elsewhere, e.g.
…any person from 2.0 down on the tone scale should not have, in any thinking society, any civil rights of any kind.
-L. Ron Hubbard, HCOPL 27 September 1966
In Science of Survival Hubbard emphasises his point in several places.
“Such people should be taken from the society as rapidly as possible and uniformly institutionalized” p102
“No social order which desires to survive dares overlook its stratum of 1.1’s. No social order will survive which does not remove these people from its midst.” p103
“The only answers would seem to be the permanent quarantine of such persons from society to avoid the contagion of their insanities and the general turbulence which they bring to any order, thus forcing it lower on the scale, or processing such persons until they have attained a level on the tone scale which gives them value. “ p145
-L. Ron Hubbard, Science of Survival: Prediction of Human Behavior, Bridge Publications: Los Angeles, CA, 1989 (First published 1951).
In Scientology’s technical dictionary his eugenic agenda is plain to see.
“HOMO NOVIS, 1. Homo man, novis, new. (BCR, p. 12) 2. a theta-animated mest body possessed of new and desirable attributes; a mest clear, a good, sane rational mest being about a skyscraper higher than Homo sapiens. (HOM, p. 40) 3. the Second Stage Release is definitely Homo novis. The person ceases to respond like Homo sapiens and has fantastic capability to learn and act.” (HCOB 28 Jun 65) — L. Ron Hubbard, Dianetics and Scientology Technical Dictionary
“Re: Homo Scientologicus: Man had to cease to be Homo Sapiens and had to become Homo Scientologicus in order to accomplish any action that was anywhere near efficient in South Africa.” — L. Ron Hubbard, PAB 119 1 September 1957 The Big Auditing Problem
Any non-Scientologist is a “wog,” someone who “isn’t even trying.” — L. Ron Hubbard, Dianetics and Scientology Technical Dictionary
The ‘elimination’, ‘removal’, ‘quarantine’, or ‘disposal without sorrow’, of those who do not meet, Hubbard’s arbitrary standards, serves three purposes. First it creates conditions where isolating members of Scientology can be justified as protecting them from the unstable and polluting world outside the cult. Second, it allows cult members who introduce ‘dangerous’ ideas to be isolated away from the rest of the cult members, as in Scientology’s now infamous ‘RPF’ or Rehabilitation Project Force. Third, should the cult obtain any real power in the wider world, it creates the conditions where control can be maintained by isolating and removing resistance.
Homo Novis/Homo Scientologist, represents the most difficult aspect of this since it creates a condition where only the true believers are actually considered human, the only members of the ‘pure’, ‘unenturbulated’, ‘totally free’ race, who are the only ones with a right to rule. Or even have contact with Homo ‘Novis/Homo Scientologist.’
Presumably the rest of us who don’t buy into this scenario are commodities to be used like the South African Native, or to be ‘disposed of without sorrow’.