Jon Atack: The games L. Ron Hubbard played - 2014-08-21
Jon Atack is the author of A Piece of Blue Sky, one of the very best books on L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology. He has a new edition of the book for sale, and for more than a year on Saturdays he helped us sift through the legends, myths, and contested facts about Scientology that tend to get hashed and rehashed in books, articles, and especially on the Internet. He was kind enough to send us a new post.
Jon, we're tickled that your column this time was prompted by a response one of our readers made to a previous piece. We really do have a great commenting community here. So please take us on another exploration of Scientology lore...
JON: Some months ago, an astute reader pointed to some of Hubbard's comments about games. I copied the note, but not the reader's name, so I apologize for that, because credit is due for pointing out one of the most important Hubbard admissions, in the welter of chatter, contradiction, and misdirection that constitutes the work of Our Founder. I had to hunt out the specific lecture, which deals with the "caste system of games." It is Philadelphia Doctorate Course lecture 39. The astute reader had this to say: "It contains some priceless insight into how Ron viewed other people, structured his organizations, and generally ran Scientology." And he (or she) was so right.