All of them, those in power, and those who want the power, would pamper us, if we agreed to overlook their crookedness by wilfully restricting our activities.
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Former scientologist, left after 13 years.
«Consider, for example, the relation between
Scientology and psychology. Both offer explanations of and
methods to change individual human behavior and so might be seen
as competitors. Scientology attempts to invalidate psychology
(and psychiatry) by describing both as a single undifferentiated
generality identified with the physiological school of Wilhelm
Wundt (1832-1920). In thirteen years I never once heard any
Scientologist communicate anything even vaguely informed about
the actual state of psychology. Skinner, Maslow, Erikson, Piaget
were all one with Wundt. To study (or teach) psychology would be
heresy. To accept and promulgate this viewpoint requires
accomplishing an ignorance.
«A newsletter of former scientologists, the
inFormer, published a Gary Larson cartoon which shows a couple
driving along a dark road surrounded by giant mutant vegetation
and ants. The caption says: "Something's wrong here,
Harriet...This is starting to look less and less like the Road
to Total Freedom."
«Instead, Bob found the OT levels a total disappointment. And one day a recruiter for the International Association of Scientologists stormed into the course room and demanded $2000 from everyone, which was the price of an IAS lifetime membership. The money was to go into a war chest to be used in litigation against opponents of Scientology. Bob thought the recruiter's tactics were completely inappropriate. This violation of the course room turned him off. He considered this to be extortion.»
«Sure enough, on August 22, 1995,
representatives accompanied by Federal marshals raided the homes
of two FACTnet organizers, Bob Penny and Lawrence Wollersheim,
both in Boulder County, Colorado. They took the FACTnet BBS
computer as well as backup tapes, CDs, floppies, and a large
amount of other computer equipment and printed material from
both houses. The marshals left no inventory of the materials
seized at Wollersheim's house.