What Motivated L. Ron Hubbard? Historian Jon Atack Follows the Clues - 2013-08-26

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F347.png What Motivated L. Ron Hubbard? Historian Jon Atack Follows the Clues August 26, 2013, Tony Ortega, Underground Bunker

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 on Saturdays he's helping 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.

Jon, last week you took on the shared reality that props up Scientology's cosmology. But what about L. Ron Hubbard himself? Did he share in that reality? This time, you said you wanted to tackle Hubbard's original motivations for creating a worldwide movement. What have you found out?

JON: In the 1952 book Scientology: 8.80, Hubbard described his goal in these words: "My purpose is to bring a barbarism out of the mud it thinks conceived it and to form, here on Earth, a civilization based on human understanding, not violence. That's a big purpose. A broad field. A star-high goal."


{{cite news | author = Tony Ortega | title = What Motivated L. Ron Hubbard? Historian Jon Atack Follows the Clues | url = https://tonyortega.org/2013/08/26/what-motivated-l-ron-hubbard-historian-jon-atack-follows-the-clues/ | work = Underground Bunker | date = August 26, 2013 | accessdate = August 21, 2017 }}