Scientology’s Power Doctrine

From Chapter 12, Memoirs of a Scientology Warrior:

The seventh lesson was explained and memorialized by L. Ron Hubbard in a thirteen-page policy letter entitled “The Responsibilities of Leaders.” It begins with a several-page essay summarizing the rise and fall of nineteenth-century South American liberator Simon Bolivar. Hubbard speaks of Bolivar in glowing terms: brave, dashing, and cunning.  He recounts how one of Bolivar’s many mistresses, Manuela Saenz, stood above all the rest. Hubbard then analyzes Bolivar’s failure to empower Saenz to use any means she deemed necessary to keep his enemies at bay, and how Saenz failed to demand or utilize such power. That, per Hubbard, was the reason that Bolivar and Saenz wound up dying in a ditch, penniless.

Among other things, Hubbard criticizes Saenz for the following faults:

…she never collected or forged or stole any document to bring down enemies…

…she never used a penny to buy a quick knife or even a solid piece of evidence…

…she was not ruthless enough to make up for his lack of ruthlessness…

…she never handed over any daughter of a family clamoring against her to Negro troops and then said, “Which over-verbal family is next?”

And so Bolivar and Saenz became victims of the petty jealousies and shortcomings of the mere mortals who surrounded the romantic couple. The policy letter concludes with three pages of Hubbard’s seven points about power to be learned from Bolivar’s life. They are offered as points one can only fully grasp if one has already learned well the six lessons of a veteran Sea Organization member, described earlier.  Those seven points about power deserve some attention here, for three reasons.

One is that Hubbard and his wife wound up living the Bolivar story Ron recounted as we shall see. Two, while adherence to the policy contributed to great strides for Scientology expansion, in Hubbard’s waning years the policy’s lessons had a backfire effect. Third, this one single writing would become the bible of his successors.  It would take precedence over all other of the thousands of pages of policy letters Hubbard had issued.

Here are Hubbard’s seven points concerning power:

One: …if you lead, you must either let them (those you lead) get on with it or lead them on with it actively.

Two: When the game or show is over, there must be a new game or a new show.  And if there isn’t, somebody else is jolly well going to start one, and if you won’t let anyone do it, the game will become getting you.

Three: If you have power, use it or delegate it or you sure won’t have it long.

Four: When you have people, use them or they will soon become most unhappy and you won’t have them anymore.

All very rational and sage so far.  But the final three points are a bit more complicated.

Five: When you move off a point of power, pay all your obligations on the nail, empower all your friends completely and move off with your pockets full of artillery, potential blackmail on every erstwhile rival, unlimited funds in your private account and the addresses of experienced assassins and go live in Bulgravia and bribe the police…Abandoning power utterly is dangerous indeed.

Then we graduate up to intrigue and believing that the ends must necessarily justify the means in dealing with any attempt to lessen a power.

Six: When you’re close to power get some delegated to you, enough to do your job and protect yourself and your interests, for you can be shot, fellow, shot, as the position near power is delicious but dangerous, dangerous always, open to the taunts of any enemy of the power who dare not boot the power but can boot you.  So to live at all in the shadow or employ of a power, you must yourself gather and USE enough power to hold your own – without just nattering (carpingly criticize) to the power to “kill Pete,” in straightforward or more suppressive veiled ways to him, as these wreck the power that supports yours.  He doesn’t have to know all the bad news, and if he’s a power really, he won’t ask all the time, “What are all those dead bodies doing at the door?”  And if you are clever, you never let it be thought HE killed them – that weakens you and also hurts the power source.  “Well, boss, about those dead bodies, nobody will suppose you did it.  She over there, those pink legs sticking out, didn’t like me.”  “Well,” he’ll say if he really is a power, “why are you bothering me with it if it’s done and you did it. Where’s my blue ink?”  Or “Skipper, three shore patrolmen will be along soon with your cook, Dober, and they’ll want to tell you he beat up Simson?”  “Who’s Simson?”  “He’s a clerk in the enemy office downtown.”  “Good. When they’ve done it, take Dober down to the dispensary for any treatment he needs.  Oh yes.  Raise his pay.”  Or “Sir, could I have the power to sign divisional orders?”  “Sure.”

And when one can develop that attitude and park one’s conscience when it comes to dealing with the “enemy” of the power one serves and from whom one derives his own power, the final point can be performed without a second thought.

Seven: And lastly and most important, for we all aren’t on the stage with our names in lights, always push power in the direction of anyone on whose power you depend.  It may be more money for the power or more ease or a snarling defense of the power to a critic or even the dull thud of one of his enemies in the dark or the glorious blaze of the whole enemy camp as a birthday surprise.

During my two years handling Hubbard’s communications to and from his messengers at the international Scientology headquarters, Hubbard withdrew further and further from the church.  I would soon learn the reason why, and play a central role in attempting to combat that reason.  As competing factions within the by-then sprawling international Scientology network vied for power in the larger-than-life vacuum left by Ron, he who adhered most exclusively and closely to the seven points of power from The Responsibilities of Leaders would emerge with all the power.

44 responses to “Scientology’s Power Doctrine

  1. threefeetback

    Dave, Hasn’t Lou become a liability to your “exalted position”?

  2. All it requires is to name somebody an enemy, and the juggernaut of Scientology starts to roll against that target without any conscience.

  3. Check out this video (on YouTube). Here you will find some examples of how Hubbard used his policy, “The Responsibility of Leaders.”

    About: Bill Franks was in the SO for a little under 14 years. He attained the rank of Lt. Commander through promotions only by Hubbard. He was OEC and FEBC (trained by Hubbard), HSDC, Class IX when he left in December 27 1981, as well as DSEC and NOTs auditor. He was OT IV plus NOTs.

    For the really key stuff, fast forward to 13 minutes and 25 seconds to here about how Bill Franks along with David Miscavige set up Mary Sue Hubbard to take the fall for Operation Snow White. Continue listening up to the 17 minutes and 40 seconds mark to here about how Bill Franks came across some files while he was in the CofS detailing the murder plots of certain Members of Parliament. He states that he knows that one of them for sure was killed. He won’t name him, but he reveals that it was done in 1979 and that this target was in the House of Commons. Note: Airey Neave was killed on 30 March 1979, when a magnetic car bomb fitted with a ball bearing tilt switch exploded under his car as he drove out of the Palace of Westminster car park (

    If you are a CofS attorney/OSA type reading this, please take an honest look at this data and an honest look at Scientology. Then please, “think for yourself.” Next step: do the right thing.

  4. It’s ironic, isn’t it, that Hubbard left Mary Sue at the mercy of David McSlimeball? Hubbard didn’t do much better than Bolivar in that regard, and Mary Sue didn’t fare much better in the end than Manuela. Given the resources to protect herself, Mary Sue would probably have spent the rest of her life guarding and promoting Hubbard’s legacy.

  5. Ah.. wouldn’t it be something to live that large, good or bad!!

    Looks like #6 is alive and well in the Democrat party… LOL!!

  6. “Seven: And lastly and most important, for we all aren’t on the stage with our names in lights, always push power in the direction of anyone on whose power you depend.”

    More and more people are coming to realize that they don’t depend on David Miscavige. They are waking up to the fact that association with Miscavige is a liability, not the asset they had assumed when they thought he held the key to their eternity.

    Quietly and without ceremony, people are withdrawing allegiance from the petty tyrant and cutting the ties that bound them to him and the cult he’s built.

  7. All this Scientology drama is about power, fame and money. Responsibility of Leaders………….. Give me a break……… It is the responsibility of military politics. And viololent ones at that.

    Leaders- Martin Luther King, Gandhi, Steve Jobs, Washington, Adams, Buddha etc. These are leaders that created long lasting high esteem in the eyes of men/women.

    Ron sanctioned violence. Ron instructed his hounds to be violent. What is the suprise that DM is violent? There are stories of Ron slapping one person so hard on the Apollo that the person fell on the ground.

    This was seen by his Medical person. Forgot her name.

    Power and money.

  8. I think David’s power has been pure illusion. His sphere of influence has dwindled with the Church membership. Int base staff would rather live on their knees than fight on their feet. People like that can’t give you power. People that won’t fight back can’t give you any power. Nobody under Bolivar had to say “yes sir” or live in fear or terror from their leader, they loved him. Ruthlessness is about force. Bringing people into a healing game, these people have already dealt with too much force. You can see it in the stories of X staff who were incapable of dealing with any force until years after they had separated from it. In healing games, if you don’t have mercy as your main obligation, you will not be able to heal others. It is easy to bring in people with broken and ruined lives and then rule over them ruthlessly. That isn’t any power to brag about though. Power like that flows through our prison systems and juvenile halls. Mental hospitals and hospices. I think when Hubbard shifted in purpose to warrior from healer, he took the whole ship down with him. That said, a prophet comes along every 1 to 3000 years. I prefer to take what good there was to have at one time, because we may be in for a very long wait.

  9. Valuable insight.

  10. Meanwhile, Power is being able to walk into a Texas courtroom with your head held high, give a deposition, and walk out a free person.

  11. Marty,

    Very apropos evaluation. This kind of power lunacy, from Hubbard, is why his original intentions for creating Scientology need to be totally viewed.

    If you are setting yourself up as the new Buddha, as Hubbard once positioned himself, and Scientology as the promised technology to bring Enlightment to the planet.

    Then, Hubbard’s Power trip, Fair gaming, and Psych warfare, are completely out of place policies.

    They are ADDED INAPLICABLE DATA, and they bespeak of a WRONG TARGET for the subject, as they could not possibly belong in any kind of Spiritual Grass Root Movement with Enlightment as its end product.

    On the other hand, if you are covertly pushing the Alistair Crowley’s system on steroids, and have an unlimited lust for personal power.

    Then, Scientology’s schizophrenic nature, sort of make sense, since it will be expected that you would end up butting heads with other so inclined groups and individuals, as the end product is total control and power for you and your group.

    Food for thought.

  12. “When people do start reporting a staff member with a high statistic, what you investigate is the person who turned in the report. In an ancient army a particularly brave deed was recognized by an award of the title of Kha-Khan. It was not a rank. The person remained what he was, BUT he was entitled to be forgiven the death penalty ten times in case in the future he did anything wrong. That was a Kha-Khan. That’s what producing, high-statistic staff members are – Kha-Khans. They can get away with murder without a blink from Ethics…. And Ethics must recognize a Kha-Khan when it sees one – and tear up the bad report chits on the person with a yawn.”

    HCOPL 1 Sep 1965, “Ethics Protection”.

  13. Thanks Marty for this latest installment of the Autopsy Report on this cult.

    Ron’s own brand of lunacy is manifested in his legacy. Ugh……….

  14. Wow. Very powerful. Thank you.

  15. The Oracle, yes, very truth and well said!

  16. Here is what I see at this point in time after refreshing such a text:

    Two: When the game or show is over, there must be a new game or a new show. And if there isn’t, somebody else is jolly well going to start one, and if you won’t let anyone do it, the game will become getting you.

    I think the game has become getting DM…he is loosing PR and respect as the media shows his lies and abuses and the game is turning against him. His best pal, TC, has his PR at the bottom of the ladder and doubt he will regain any in a near future and, being TC one on whom DM depended to have ‘admiration and fame”, well, he has lost that too.

    Four: When you have people, use them or they will soon become most unhappy and you won’t have them anymore.

    He has nobody left to shine his “power” with flattery; yes a few 100 of parishioners, which are just robots, may give the idea that, wow, he is unique; but factually he has killed and removed anyone that could endanger his position so, he is left with weak, robotic followers that amount to zero threat to anyone and to that degree his power will have zero influence.

    Independently of this; a Leader, per points 6 and 7 described above, defines more a criminal, one without consciousness, nor feelings, selfish and abusive of a position he deems as power, when in fact is just the play of dirty, low and despicable acts.

  17. threefeetback

    53 minutes of connecting big dots, and some smoking guns.

  18. Just a man,

    “CURACAO. The ship had arrived in Curacao. The Commodore was out taking photographs. Mary Sue called me and said, “The Commodore looks dreadful, come up.” I walked in and thought, “Shit, he’s dying!” He was grey, his pulse erratic. I told him he was having a heart attack and I was taking him into hospital. I said I was calling an ambulance. He said he forbid it. I said I don’t care. He had embolisms in the ambulance. The doctors were very worried when he arrived, they thought there was not much hope. They put him on an anticoagulant and he started to get better. I did everything – nursing him, got him into a private room, brought him food from the ship. I ferried every meal there for 3 weeks; the hospital was 10 miles away. He had hot and cold boxes. The messengers ate hospital food. 3 messengers sat outside his room 24 hours a day. He sat on the edge of his bed and said, “You disobeyed me”. I said, “Yes, I did, and I’ll do it every time your life is in danger.” He said it wasn’t that bad. I said, “I’m not going to argue with you. Ask the doctor.” The doctor told him he was 2-3 hours from death. He was supposed to be on anticoagulant pills for the rest of his life, but he stopped taking them in LA.

  19. That is a fascinating interview with Franks; everyone should listen to it.

  20. Brian, have you read the Bhagavad Gita? It is a philosophic work with Vedic roots. Here is a brief overview of what it goes into:

    The Gita is set in a narrative framework of a dialogue between Pandava prince Arjuna and his guide Lord Krishna. Facing the duty to kill his relatives, Arjuna is “exhorted by his charioteer, Kṛiṣhṇa, among others, to stop hesitating and fulfill his Kṣatriya (warrior) duty as a warrior and kill.”

    It really goes into the “Simon Bolivar” issues, issues having to do with ethics in the real world.

  21. If you say so Valkov 🙂


    No, Brian, it is not because I say so.
    The Bhagavad Gita is recognized world-wide, including in India, and is part of Hindu Vedic scripture

  23. And in fact Gandhi considered the Bhagavad Gita as one of his sources of inspiration.
    There are lots of search results. It is considered to be a classic of Indian spirituality
    Steven Mitchell has a new translation of it. There are English language versions of the Bhagavad Gita available free online.

    I believe it translates literally as “Song of God”.

  24. At around 40:00 Bill Franks talks about the psychiatrist Margaret Singer’s claim that O/W tech CAN BE USED as a form of brainwashing to control people – which we know from many accounts has factually been happening in the CoS. Basically, the altered O/W tech that can be and is being used is a form of Black Dianetics/Scientology (if not THE form).

    What I found flabbergasting is that Franks seems to equate O/W tech with the Black Dianetics version of it – and yet he is supposedly a highly-trained auditor. The most I can make of this is that he never understood the tech in the first place even though he did a lot of auditor training. He more than likely never did an interneship, which would have demonstrated to him directly the value of pulling O/W/s and probably would have also uncovered his MU’s. In any case, it is amazing how easily he seems to have accepted false data. And, per the tech, that indicates he has his own overts that haven’t been handled, ironically!

  25. I am not a person of power. I did knock on the door and asked for help. I did almost always stay on the lowest possible rank inside the hierarchy. Others did look at me and figured out they can do with me whatever they please. Those had been the power houses. Be it in the org or some „missions“ from very much high on this hierarchy. But this did not impress me. I just wanted some help and I again knocked on their door. But they did not let me in because I seemed not to be very much useful to them. After a last try I simply stopped trying and had gone.
    After me leaving the shadows fell down and the freedom had gone. They now are cought inside their dreams of power, importance and supremacy.
    Never mess up with a thetan. (this „I“ is not personally me, but every one of us that knocked on their door.)

  26. I am with you, It depends on the intent of the auditor

  27. Just a reminder Valkov. We are talking about Scientology. Not Hinduism. Just thought I’d get you back on track.

    Non Culbability By Comparison:

    An attempt to make something less culbable by comparing it to something else. It is the mechanics of denial.

  28. And Valkov, when you know the Gita beyond googling to make youself right and me wrong we can talk about the Gita. Until then why don’t you stay on the topic.

  29. Here Valkov, might as well make this a teachable moment. The Gita was a real war. But Vyasa, the writer of the Gita used it as an anology for the spiritual path. If you are interested of couse.

  30. Brian, no, it is “datum of comparable magnitude”. No matter how much you may wish to deny THAT.

  31. The Power of L Ron Hubbard:

  32. Your wife must be a saint lol:-)

  33. Please watch these. I would love to hear responses. You have to watch these.

  34. Ron himself ordered reverse processing on people. And he wrote the tech.

  35. Thanks, CD. I think you know that the intent or intention of an auditor (or sec checker) is subtly important even when the procedures of standard tech are followed. However, with the altered, Black Dianetics version of O/W tech it’s not just that the “underlying intent” has nothing to do with benefiting the pc; it is also that the tech itself, the doingness of the procedure, is not the same as standard O/W tech which does benefit the pc. Just wanted to be sure you got that. 😉

  36. “I have high hopes of smashing my name into history so violently that it will take a legendary form even if all the books are destroyed. That goal is the real goal as far as I am concerned. Things which stand too consistently in my way make me nervous. It’s a pretty big job. In a hundred years Roosevelt will have been forgotten – which gives some idea of the magnitude of my attempt. And all this boils and froths inside my head… Psychiatrists reaching the high of the dusty desk tell us that Alexander, Genghis Khan and Napoleon were madman. I know they’re maligning some very intelligent gentlemen…. I can make Napoleon look like a punk.”

    L. Ron Hubbard, from August 1938, shortly after writing the unpublished ‘Excalibur’.

    “I am not interested in wog morality… I can make Captain Bligh look like a Sunday School teacher.”

    15 August 1969, ‘Discipline, SPs, and Admin’

  37. Interesting that our ED would come home from some OT cycle at Flag and make us lowly staff M9 word clear this policy. I’m sure she was having it shoved down her throat there, then instructed to shove it down ours. It never made a lick of sense to me, to be honest. I think I took from it that SHE was calling herself “the power” so we were to be subservient…to her. Total disconnect between being an auditor and “flowing power” to her. Confusion much?

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