Chuck Beatty
Internet Posts, Dec 2006


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Date: Sat, Dec 2 2006 10:13 am
Email: "chuckbeatty77"
Groups: alt.religion.scientology

The most serious intellectual to take on Scientology ever, in a whole book form, was Roy Wallis.

His book: "The Road to Total Freedom: A Sociological Analysis of Scientology" 1977, Columbia University Press, I spent $100 bucks via Amazon, and started reading.

It is unbelievably dense.

Here are a few passages on the context within which Scientology (Hubbard) fits:

His book is so dense; the following is from page 3:

"Rationalist and humanistic intellectuals have tended to be puzzled by this flourishing of exotic new religious and quasi-religious movements in relatively secular societies. Many, viewing contemporary industrial society through sometimes unacknowledged evolutionary eyes, conceive such phenomena as 'regressive' in character. Resort to the occult and the supernatural is seen as a withdrawal from the realities of modern life, a retreat from the anonymity, the tensions, and the individualism of the modern world. For those with Marxist inclination, the new religious are seen as a particularly bizarre form of 'false consciousness.' They have in general been regarded as peripheral to the central features of modern society. Since they are viewed as a fringe phenomenon, ephemeral, and even frivolous, they have not motivated any extensive sociological description or analysis. "

This above is the type of analysis and placing Scientology in context that I have sought to find since I left the movement.

To me Wallis' comments satisfy my curiosity of why Scientology isn't being studied by intellectuals and scholars. I mean I know of NO scholars or intellectuals bothering to read Hubbard's OEC (green) or tech (red) volumes, and NO scholars or intellectuals are bothering to listen to the couple thousand Hubbard lectures that are publicly available, and writing in depth about Hubbard's mental output.

Here is "manipulationist" comment, page 3-4:

"While it may be the case, however, that some new religious movements in advanced industrial societies are more or less explicitly attempts to escape from the more unattractive features of modern life: its impersonality, atomization, materialism and bureaucratization; or attempts to recast it in form, other movements have thoroughly embraced the modern world. They accept rather than reject the values which prevail within it. They are bureaucratic and rationalistic in orientation, and sometimes thoroughly materialistic. They may be relatively impersonal and individualistic rather than communally based. They sometimes seek to incorporate science, or its rhetoric, into their legitimations.

"Such movements, Bryan Wilson has termed 'manipulationist.' Rather than a means of escape from the world, of attaining other-worldly salvation, or of achieving a radical transformation of the prevailing society, they offer the believer some superior, esoteric means of succeeding within the status quo. They offer knowledge and techniques to enable the individual to improve his 'life-chances'; the means of achieving the valued goals of this world. The manipulationist movements appear, in terms of numbers of recruits and income, to be among the more successful of the new religions in industrial societies. Within this category fall Christian Science, the Japanese movement Soka Gakkai, Transcendental Meditation, and the subject of the present work, Scientology."

- Roy Wallis, "The Road to Total Freedom: A Sociological Analysis of Scientology", 1977, Columbia University Press.

Roy Wallis so far has best answered for me why Scientology gets so little serious effort or attention from existing society's institutions who normally study the hell out of any human endeavor or subject. Scientology remains very unstudied to the depth other things are studied.

Chuck Beatty
Ex-Sea Org (lifetime staffer, 1975-2003)
Flag Dec 1975-Jun 1983 (TTC, Sup, Word Clearer, D of T, etc.)
Int Base 1983-1984 (Routing Forms Pjt)
Snr HCO Int in the FB in LA 1984-87 Re-Training (Int and LA) 87-88
Int Training Org, LA 88 (Sec Checker Sup)
LRH Tech Research and Comps, CMO Int, (Sept 88-Feb 89)
Int RPF (Feb-Mar 89)
PAC RPF (Mar-May 89)
Int Training Org (May-Sept 89) (Admin Sup)
INCOMM Sep 89-Sept 90 (Routing Forms Pjt)
INCOMM Sept 90-May92 (Computer Room LA & Int)
ASI May 92-Dec95 (Computer Room, In-Training Esto)
Decks Int (Dec 95-Jun 96)
Int RPF (Jun 96-Nov 2000)
PAC RPF (Nov 2000-Mar2003)
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Date: Fri, Dec 8 2006 12:57 am
Email: "chuckbeatty77"
Groups: alt.religion.scientology

In one section of this linked writeup by Tory, she mentions some OSA staff and some church hired PIs are being held temporarily by the LAPD.

I was on the PAC RPF around this time, and we had a significant OSA Int arrival around this time, named Neil O'Reily and Neil definitely had jobs dealing as a gobetween between OSA and church hired PIs.

I've always wanted to see what the flap really was, and I think a great way would be if there are any public records of which OSA Int staff were held temporarily by the LAPD, like any public accesible reports.

Chuck Beatty

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