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                    REPORT: HUBBARD AND HITLER


    A preliminary investigation into the socio-political
        ideology of L. Ron Hubbard and Adolf Hitler


                        by Kim Baker



                        Copyright 1995

      [May be re-distributed for non-commercial purposes]


INTRODUCTION:

A frequent allegation lobbied against the critics of Scientology by
the Church of Scientology is that they are Nazis, attacking the
religious freedom of Scientologists. This led me to have a look at the
writings of Adolf Hitler, to familiarise myself with them in the same
way that I am familiar with the writings of L. Ron Hubbard. I found,
upon reading Hitler's writings, a chill as I noted the similarities
in the various statements between the two men. This is a PRELIMINARY
report, the subject needs in-depth research and investigation, and I
believe there is enough material here for a whole book.

Both Hubbard and Hitler believed in a "super" race - the difference
being that Hitler believed the Master race could be achieved through
genetic control and breeding, while Hubbard believed it could be
achieved by processing out the reactive mind; both men made their
initial money by writing books; both men acquired large mansions from
where they operated; both men had contempt for the "mass" of
humanity; both men believed that they were the saviours of the master
race, and each devised a means towards acheiving the survival of the
human race - Hitler, concentrating on the German people, and
operating politically, Hubbard, concentrating on liberating thetans
from the Marcab conspiracy, and operating spiritually. Both men had a
goal : Hitler, to bring about the survival of the Master race, the
Aryans; Hubbard, to bring about spiritual freedom of thetans, by
turning them into Operating Thetans.

And both men created organisations to ensure the furthering of their
respective goals - Hitler created the National Socialist Party,
Hubbard created the Church of Scientology. Each saw their way as THE
way, and employed "the end justifies the means" to achieve their goal.
The Nazis were fighting for the German race; the Church of
Scientology is fighting to protect "spiritual freedom". This report
does not concern itself with analysing the intentions or correctness
of the stated goals of L. Ron Hubbard and Adolf Hitler - rather, it
concerns itself SOLELY with the "ends justifies the means" mechanism
of ACHIEVING a goal.


JUSTIFICATION FOR LEADERSHIP:

Both Hitler and Hubbard believed that they were exceptional
individuals, who were gifted way above the average human, and had the
vision and ability and therefore, the right to lead, autocratically.
They both believed they were able to see things that the average
human could not.

Hitler: "Most people have no imagination. They can only imagine the
future in terms of their own petty experience. The creative genius
always stands outside the circle of the experts. I have the gift of
reducing all problems to the simplest foundations." (1)

Hubbard: "In all the years I have engaged in research I have kept my
comm lines wide open for research data. I once had the idea that a
group could evolve truth. A third of a century has thoroughly
disabused me of that idea...our technology has not been discovered by
a group. True, if the group had not supported me in many ways, I
could not have discovered it either." (2)

There are numerous other quotes from both authors to further
substantiate this similarity, but since this is a preliminary report,
the quotes will be kept to single ones for now.

HUMANITY AS A GROUP

Both Hitler and Hubbard, in their different ways, appeared to have
the same scorn for the "masses", looking out at the masses as inane,
stupid, animal-like.

Hitler: "So it is only natural that when the capable intelligences of
a nation, which are always in a minority, are regarded only as of the
same value as all the rest, then genius, capacity, the value of
personality are slowly subjected to the majority, and this process is
then falsely named the rule of the people. For this is not the rule
of the people, but in reality, the rule of stupidity, of mediocrity,
of half-heartedness, of cowardice, of weakness and of inadequacy". (3)

Hubbard: "The common denominator of the group is the reactive
bank...so, constructive ideas are *individual* and seldom get broad
agreement in a human group. An individual must rise *above* an avid
craving for agreement from a humanoid group to get anything decent
done. The bank-agreement has been what has made Earth a hell." (4)

This kind of disdain for the group, of course, leads logically, to a
rejection in principle of democracy as a political system - since the
underlying assumption is that people as a group are incapable of being
rational as a group. Both the National Socialist party, and the
Church of Scientology are hierarchical organisations, where
autocratic rule is accepted, and any majority petitions, or voting by
majority, are not acceptable policy. Management is "top-down".


ON DEMOCRACY:

This topic alone, is sufficient for a whole book, comparing the
principles of democracy, as espoused by writers such as Thomas
Jefferson, Alexis de tocqueville, and many others, with the views of
Hitler, Hubbard, and many others, on the subject. For now, the
overlap in Hubbard and Hitlers' views will be identified:

Hitler: "Thus democracy will in practice lead to the destruction of a
people's true values. And this also serves to explain how it is that
people with a great past from the time when they surrender themselves
to the unlimited, democratic rule of the masses slowly lose their
former position; for the outstanding achievements of individuals
which they still possess of which could be produced in all spheres of
life are now rendered practically ineffective through the oppression
of mere numbers. " (7)

Hubbard: "As we could have gotten along without suggestions then, we
had better steel ourselves to continue to do so now that we have made
it. This point will, of course, be attacked as "unpopular",
"egotistical" and "undemocratic". It may very well be. But it is also
a survival point. And I don't see that popular measures, self-
abnegation and democracy have done anything for man but push him
further into the mud...democracy has given us inflation and income
tax." (8)



ON THE NEED TO BE RUTHLESS

Again, the issue of concern, is not whether Scientology genuinely
offers people a means to spiritual freedom, or not - but rather, the
WAY in which it is presented to the world. A goal can be creative, or
it can be destructive, but in either case, is it justified, is it
acceptable to us, as human beings, to condone and accept systems
which do not operate democratically?

Taking this rejection of democracy one step further, we now look at
both Hubbard's and Hitler's need to be ruthless, as the means of
overcoming a threat to their (and humanity's) survival.

Hitler: "We must be ruthless. We must regain our clear conscience to
ruthlessness. Only thus shall we purge our people of their softness
and sentimental philistinism. We have no more time for fine
sentiments. We must compel our people to greatness if they are to
fulfil their historic mission." (5)

Hubbard: "Never let them be half-minded about being Scientologists.
The finest organisations in history have been tough, dedicated
organisations. Not one namby-pamby bunch of pantywaiste dilettantes
have ever made anything. It's a tough universe. The social veneer
makes it seem mild. But only the tigers survive - and even they have
a hard time. We'll survive becuase we are tough and dedicated. " (6)

In both cases, Hubbard and Hitler are talking about survival, and
both see it as being under threat. Thus, the need to be ruthless is
justified.

THERE IS MUCH MORE

There is just so much more to investigate - among other things,
the fact that Hubbard named a "conspiracy of World Bankers", among
whom were named Rockefeller, in his RJ 67; while Hitler spoke often of
the "Jewish conspiracy of World bankers" ; Hitler said that money was
just something that represented confidence in an idea; Hubbard said
that Money is an "idea backed by confidence"; Hitler set up his inner
elite in the Party to keep dossiers of crimes, misdemeanours, and
wrong-doings on EACH other - as a means of securing loyalty, and each
SS officer was a control and check on the other; Hubbard ensured that
senior executives in the Church are Sec-checked regularly, and
records of these are kept in pc folders; Hitler said that in a
propaganda war, one NEVER admits when the enemy is right about
something; Hubbard said "Never defend, only counter-attack handles"...
it goes on and on.

Should anything prevent me from pursuing this research further, I have
left enough clues for others to follow it up. I would urge us to do
so, for I believe we have the root of the problem here - the issue is
not whether Scientology leads to spiritual freedom or not - the issue
is that one man, and a group of his followers, believe it does, as is
their right - but does that right then extend to ensuring the
"survival" of their religion by the policies used against its critics?
Why is it that mere criticism is seen as an attack on "spiritual
freedom"? Should the Church ever make a public statement that it
supports the right of any individual to publically criticize, analyse
and evaluate its policies and actions, WITHOUT FEAR OF ANY
REPERCUSSIONS, I believe we will have come a very, very long way
in addressing the essence of the problem.


REFERENCES:

1. Rauschning, Hermann. "Hitler speaks: A series of political
                         conversations with Adolf Hitler on his real
                         aims." London: Thornton Butterworth Ltd,
                         1940. p. 18.

2. Hubbard, L. Ron. "Keeping Scientology Working Series 1". HCO Policy
                     Letter of 7 February 1965.

3. Baynes, Ed. "The speeches of Adolf Hitler", London, Chatham House,
                1941. p. 784

4. KSW

5. Rauschning, op cit. p. 26

6. KSW

7. Rauschning, op cit. p. 785

8. KSW

9. Rauschning, op cit p. 528 - 529


Recommended further reading:

Hubbard, L. Ron.  Organisation Executive Course Vol 0 - Basic Staff
                  Hat .

Hitler, Adolf.  Mein Kampf.