Friday, September 22, 2017

Essays


Here’s a collection of some terrific writings about Hubbard and the organization he created.

The Creation of ‘Religious’ Scientology” by Professor Stephen Kent

Scientology Auditing and its Offshoots” by Robert Kaufman

Toward a New Model of ‘Cult Control’” by Robert Vaughn Young

The Orwellian Nature of Scientology” by Robert Vaughn Young

Scientology From Inside Out” by Robert Vaughn Young

My Perspective on Auditing” by Stacy Brooks

Scientology’s Rejection of the Family” by Stacy Brooks

Why the So-Called Beliefs of Scientology Matter” by Bob Minton

The Everchanging Tech of Scientology” by Jesse Prince

Why Scientologists Don’t Use Scents” by Jesse Prince

The Hubbard is Bare” by Jeff Jacobsen

Scientology’s Tax Exemption Should Be Rescinded” by Jeff Jacobsen

Wise as a Scientology Front Group” by Jeff Jacobsen


The Literati Contest

In 1999, Bob Minton started a “Literati Contest” on the Internet newsgroup called alt.religion.scientology that resulted in the submission of 12 very insightful essays into the “dark side” or inner workings of the Scientology organization and the real intent of L. Ron Hubbard.

In 2000, the Literatti Contest was continued by the Lisa McPherson Trust.

Official Rules for the Year 2000 Contest, Announcement and Background

2000 Winning Essays

“Scientology: Control, Freedom & Responsibility.”

The LMT asked for essays which would analyze how control, freedom and responsibility operate together or clash within the organization and how these interface with the non-Scientology world. How that is done or presented was up to the essayist. The essayist was also free to choose their own title for the piece.

First Place: Chris Owen
The Control Agenda”   PDF format

Second Place: “Anti-Virus”
Scientology: Soul Hackers”  PDF format

Third Place: “Peter Smith”
Doubletalk: Orwellian Reversal Of Meaning

Special Cartesian Award: Erik W. Snead
Scientology and the Paradoxes of Freedom

Special Junior Division: Astra Woodcraft
When Can I Start My Life?

2000 Honorable Mention

Eldon M. Braun
The Attention Fix

David Cecere
Control, Freedom and Responsibility

Patricia Krenik
Peeling the Onion

Arnie Lerma
The Art of Deception – II

Arel Lucas
Is Freedom It’s Own Reward?

Mark Plummer
What You Are About to Read is Entheta

Cheryl Sola
A World Without

David S. Touretzky
The Hidden Messages in Study Tech

“Christina Wilson”
Rose Colored Glasses

1999 Winning Essays

First Place: Joe Cisar
Doing Hard Time on Planet Earth
(12,000+ words – 79Kb)

Second Place: Scott Mayer
Making God Swallow His Laughter
(11,000 words – 69Kb)

Third Place: Arnie Lerma
The Art of Deception
(11,000 words – 69Kb)

Books

There are many terrific books about Scientology. Here are a few.