We continue with our deep dive into the life and lies of Hubbard with Jon Atack.
I should also note that though we didnt mention it, for those of you interested in what Hubbard did or didnt do in the war, Chris Owen’s excellent and thoroughly researched Ron The War Hero: The True Story of L Ron Hubbard’s Calamitous Military Career is essential reading. Hubbard told so many lies about his naval history (much of which forms the foundation for his “discoveries” in Dianetics that it required an entire book to debunk.
We mention Jon’s piece: Possible Origins of Dianetics and Scientology
He also made a video on this in 2 parts:
Video Part 2:
The 270 cases Hubbard boasts about in Dianetics”
Hubbard’s daughter, Alexis Hollister (Hubbard) — in her early life he kidnapped her, flew her to Cuba and dedicated his second book to her. When her mother divorced him (after he had bigamously married her) he claimed she was a Russian spy, that he was not Alexis’ father and disowned her completely. Of all his children, she bears perhaps the most striking resemblance to him:
Hubbard letter of 10 April 1953 to Helen O’Brien concerning the “religion angle” and how it could not result in “worse public opinion” or “less customers.”
Jon mentions Wilhelm Reich legal problems
And this is such interesting reading, not only with respect to scientology, Leon Festinger’s work on Cognitive Dissonance Festiger
And his book When Prophecy Fails
This is the cover of the 1968 edition of Scientology 0-8
And here are the “States Attained” in this edition — the last time they appeared in print:
A tribute to Ron Miscavige – we say farewell to our friend Ron at the end of this episode and play his last song: