Blog: Brainwashing the Brainwashed (More on Scientology Recruitment) - 2018-02-22
This booklet is called Brainwashing - A Synthesis of the Russain Textbook on Psychopolitics and it has a long and fascinating history both in and out of the Church of Scientology. Researcher and historian Chris Owen has published a two-part history of this book on Tony Ortega's Underground Bunker blog and links to that article are in the description section below. He describes how it was not only written anonymously by L. Ron Hubbard in 1955 with the specific intent of deceiving the FBI and Scientologists, but also how it became the tool of unwitting far right political groups around the world due to a series of amazing and hard-to-believe events. I can assure you they are true and that this book is all too real. Even though it doesn't have a Hubbard attribution and has been re-printed and assigned other authorship, to this day this book is still familiar to some Scientologists. In fact, the purpose of this video is to add to Chris Owen's article by laying out for you how I not only read this book and believed it when I was a Scientologist, but how I actually used it to brainwash Scientologists into joining the Sea Organization, Scientology's diehard inner core which keeps it going around the world. The Sea Org are the guys who work 24/7 for Scientology and are the ones who sign billion year contracts of commitment. Getting someone to join the Sea Org is not an easy task and usually involves hours or even days of working them over with high pressure sales tactics and indoctrinating them into how bad off the world is and how much they are needed to save it. So in effect, I used this book to brainwash the brainwashed.
I'm going to go over exactly how I used this book in recruitment, but first I want to give a little background on how I fell for this. In a video I made about a year ago called Scientology's Totally Insane Recruitment Methods (also linked below), I described a series of PowerPoint presentations which were put together by a very well known Sea Org recruiter who recruited hundreds if not thousands of people into the Sea Org during the time he was in. We called this "The Briefing" and there were some quotes from this book in it. If you haven't seen that video, I highly recommend it so you get the full story on how we conned people to join the Sea Org. Some of what I'll go over here will parallel what is gone over in that video.
In January 2009, I went to Seattle Org to try my hand at Sea Org recruitment too. While there, I came across a random copy of this Brainwashing booklet and snagged it right up because I knew how rare it was to find a copy. I read the whole thing and was absolutely enthralled by it. At first I thought it was a legit publication as laid out in its Editorial Note. As I went over in that earlier video, I had already been conditioned by Hubbard from many of his books and lectures to believe in a lot of conspiracy-based nonsense and this book fit right in with that.