On Scientology "expansion".
(make this part of OSA US DR on RVY)
Parallels between "1984" and Scientology.
On Scientology "expansion"
From George Orwell's "1984" published in 1949: "Day and night the
telescreens bruised your ears with statistics proving that people today
had more food, more clothes, better houses, better recreations -- that
they lived longer, worked shorter hours, were bigger, healthier, stronger,
happier, more intelligent, better educated, than the people of fifty years
ago. Not a word of it could ever be proved or disproved."
Commentary: L. Ron Hubbard loved statistics and he insisted that
Scientology will only expand, it cannot do otherwise. So at events the "up
stat[istic]s" are shown, with big graphs. The "expansion" news is given.
Nothing else. They will announce a new country where LRH books are being
sold, but fail to tell them the countries where they were kicked out or
closed down or simply failed. In the eyes of Scientologists, every org is
booming, every continent is expanding, every book is selling like mad. To
Scientologists they are happier and better off than ever before and
International Management has the statistics to prove it. (If you can't
make one of their events, look at their literature, such as "Scientology
Today" or "KSW News" or one of the other propaganda sheets.) Then again,
no Scientologist has anything to the contrary, which is one of the reasons
the Internet is hated. It is hated the same way the old Soviet Union hated
Radio Free Europe: it is an uncontrolled source of information to people
under control. That is dangerous.
Robert Vaughn Young