One of David Miscavige’s favorite pieces of Hubbard writing is “The Responsibilities of Leaders,” which was a critique by L. Ron Hubbard of a book The Four Seasons of Manuela. A Biography. The Love Story of Manuela Sàenz and Simòn Bolivar written in 1952 by Victor Wolfgang von Hagen.
Simòn Bolivar, of course, was the great South American revolutionary leader, and Manuela Sàenz was his mistress and confidant.
Hubbard wrote his critique of von Hagen’s book as an official church policy letter dated 12 February 1967.
Miscavige is so enamored with this policy letter, that he had copies of Hubbard’s letter made for all of his celebrity friends one year as gifts, and in 2003 he had copies of the von Hagen book made for his celebrity friends, including Tom Cruise.
Hubbard’s analysis of this book says more about Hubbard’s own personality than about Simòn Bolivar or Manuela Sàenz.
His main critique of Bolivar and Sàenz was that they were not ruthless enough – they were “too idealistic.”
Listen to some of his criticisms of Manuela Sàenz:
“…she never collected or forged or stole any documents to bring down enemies…”
“…she never used a penny to buy a quick knife…”
“She never handed over any daughter of a family clamoring against her to Negro troops and then said, ‘Which oververbal family is next?'”
Presumably Hubbard would have done these things to maintain power – forgery, theft, murder, rape.
“Life bleeds. It suffers. It hungers. And it has to have the right to shoot its enemies until such time as comes a golden age.”
Yep, you read that right – “the right to shoot its enemies.”
He also states,
“…the foremost law, if one’s ambition is to win, is of course to win.”
That’s right, the foremost law. So things like murder, robbery and forgery are above normal law because that it what is needed to “win.”
Hubbard lays out his seven principles of power. These are chilling. Some excerpts:
“When you move off a point of power, pay all your obligations on the nail, empower all your friends completely and move off with your pockets full of artillery, potential blackmail on every erstwhile rival, unlimited funds in your private account and the addresses of experienced assassins and go live in Bulgravia and bribe the police.”
And here’s how to be a good subordinate and support a power:
“He doesn’t have to know all the bad news and if he’s a power really, he won’t ask all the time, ‘What are all those dead bodies doing at the door?’ And if you are clever, you never let it be thought HE killed them – that weakens you and also hurts the power source. ‘Well, boss, about all those dead bodies, nobody at all will suppose you did it. She over there, those pink legs sticking out, didn’t like me.'”
“…always push power in the direction of anyone on whose power you depend. It may be more money for the power or more ease or a snarling defense of the power to a critic or even the dull thud of one of his enemies in the dark or the glorious blaze of the whole enemy camp as a birthday surprise.”
That’s how you’re supposed to support a senior – get him more and more money and kill his enemies.
This is what Scientology executives are trained on. This is what Scientologists are trained on. This is what celebrities are trained on. Anything is OK as long as it “pushes power to power” and the foremost law is to win. And if you are serious about winning, anything goes – theft, blackmail, bribery, forgery, rape, and murder.
Scientologists will justify this – as I did when I was in. “Oh, he’s just speaking metaphorically” and so on. To them, I say, read it again. This is Hubbard’s view of power. This is Miscavige’s idea of power. It is the way the Church of Scientology operates! Not metaphorically – but actually.
Someday they will try to remove all copies of this document from circulation and say Hubbard never wrote it, but for now they are arrogant enough to publish it broadly.
Scientologists are not only obsessed with power, they are indoctrinated into Hubbard’s view of power – the ruthless use of any means to achieve one’s goal.