Blog: Asymmetric Activism 3: Occultism Drove Scientology to Be An Asymmetric Totalitarian Target - 2018-02-18
In this post, I'll further examine how Scientology morphed from a radical, insurgent mindset, to one of totalitarian monolith, ironically becoming the target of asymmetric tactics, rather than a practitioner. It starts with Hubbard's embrace of the occult in pursuit of methods of control over an individual or situation. However, the natural progression never stops at one; it invariably leads to an obsession with subjugation and power over an ever-increasing group, rather than simply individuals. Motivation is key in determining the intent of a foe, more so if there's asymmetry or incoherence in their strategy, especially if their motivations appear highly ideological-based. While financial gain and ideological dominance were part of Hubbard's motivations, occultism was a founding ethos in Scientology, indeed a vital pillar underpinning Scientology's abhorrent world view.
In my previous installment, I looked at how the Guardian's Office (GO) morphed from an insurgent, proto-asymmetrical mindset to one of monolithic, highly-reactive malevolence. But as long-time Scientology watchers know, malevolence was not exclusive to the GO, nor to its more current iteration, the Office of Special Affairs (OSA). Indeed, malevolence is systemic in all facets of Scientology, given its highly retributive-based, punishment-driven amoral operating philosophy. More so, this is not in organizational terms, an organically-evolved phenomenon; it is a direct reflection of the mentality of founder L. Ron Hubbard, who deliberately incorporated methods and processes that arguably ensured malevolence was a founding principle of his "religion."
Parsons' and Hubbard's dalliances with the occult are well known to Scientology historians, primarily as acolytes to English mystic and neo-pagan Aleister Crowley's Thelema religion. Much of Crowley's Thelema religious beliefs were perverted by these two, to the point where in a letter to another follower, Crowley essentially disavowed and damned the efforts of Hubbard and Parsons' in attempting to create a "moon child," during a series of occult-based events undertaken in early 1946, known as the "Babalon Working" rituals. While Parsons was in communication with Crowley during these rituals, Crowley was both encouraging Parsons as well as besmirching Parsons' reputation to other Crowley followers. Having compiled a list of Parsons' supposed transgressions against Thelemic practice, Crowley further stated in no uncertain terms that both Parsons and Hubbard were deranged, and that he wanted no part of any of their "discoveries." It's saying something when one of the most proudly louche and ethically and morally flexible individuals of the age calls you "deranged."