Recommended Reading

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass was considered by many to be American history’s most effective advocate for the abolition of slavery. Having been raised a slave and having discovered for himself as a child and young adult the very mechanics by which slave-holders were able to hold others in bondage Douglass imparts an important message. For those who have worked under Miscavige the relevance is quite obvious.

“It would astonish one, unaccustomed to a slaveholding life, to see with what wonderful ease a slaveholder can find things of which to make occasion to whip a slave. A mere look, word, or motion, — a mistake, accident, or want of power, — are all matters for which a slave may be whipped at any time. Does a slave look dissatisfied? It is said, he has the devil in him, and it must be whipped out. Does he speak loudly when spoken to by his master? Then he is getting high-minded, and should be taken down a button-hole lower. Does he forget to pull off his hat at the approach of a white person? Then he is wanting in reverence, and should be whipped for it. Does he ever venture to suggest a different mode of doing things from that pointed out by his master? He is indeed presumptuous, and getting above himself; and nothing less than a flogging will do for him.”

Those who have received or witnessed Miscavige’s serial beatings and physical and mental hazings will recognize that his tortures are prompted by precisely the same uppity types of conduct Douglass witnessed the slaveholders similarly reacting to.

But Douglass goes further. He figured out why slaveholders must treat their slaves in such fashion. And why, like Miscavige, slaveholders must also commit such atrocities in the presence of the friends and co-workers of slaves, why slaveholders must continually threaten and execute the dividing of families of slaves, and finally, why slaveholders must severely limit the slaves’ access to information, particularly information that might empower one to think and act for his or her self.

The complete mechanics of how slavery is accomplished and perpetuated can have a remarkably powerful and liberating effect on those once subjected to slavery.

The Autobiography of MALCOLM X

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What has Malcolm X got to do with Scientology?   Here is a man’s brutally honest moral and intellectual struggle as he comes to grips with abuses in a religious movement that he continued to credit with converting himself from a thug to a religious scholar and human rights leader.  The account is candid and personal.  Malcolm and Alex Haley detail his criminal young adulthood, his self education in prison, his conversion to Islam and personal reform, his years as Nation of Islam’s greatest proponent and defender, the betrayal at the hands of an egostical, unethical religious leader, and his search for the true meaning of Islam.  His evolution from a divisive figure  in an aggressive and intmidating group to a dedicated practitioner of a religion he found his own  meaning for can provide one with guidance on how to learn to be  true to oneself.

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13 responses to “Recommended Reading

  1. This is so profound! I have emailed my Scientology friends data from sites like ‘Friends of LRH.org” (which has misteriously disapeared), and have gotten the gamut of the Tone Scale. There are too many who refuse to see the truth!! Too much evil to confront I suppose.

  2. You might also consider reading and recommending books like:

    The Complex by John Duignan
    A Piece of Blue Sky by John Atack
    Madman or Messiah by Bent Corydon

    And coming out November 5th will be:

    Blown For Good by Marc Headley

    Some great reading there. Really clears things up.

  3. The friendsofLRH.org website was removed by the host after getting the runs due to harassment by miscaviage’s legal wallahs. Information on them can be found here.
    http://the-scientologist.com/helenakobrin.shtml

    The site WILL be back. Work is being done back of house to ensure that next time it is up, it cannot be removed again.

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  5. I visited Douglas’s home in Washington D.C. and right on the side table for all to see was the most beautiful china Tea set that the Queen of England had given him for all his work. The pen is mightier than the sword.

  6. Michael Henderson

    I enjoyed “Mao, The Unknown Story” by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday. It goes into detailing the life of Mao, but also leads the reader to a full realization of how Communism is actually terrorism, where the State is willing to sacrifice 10% to keep the other 90% in line. There are many similarities to the Sea Org model, where self-criticism is damanded publicly, and “ethics” is arbitrary to keep the person in a low state of mind and obedient. It’s well worth the read.

  7. I found “The Prosecutor” by Sergei Kourdakov to also be eye-opening. He grew up as an orphan in Communist Russia and became an enforcer for their military government, before converting to Christianity and escaping to the US. He wrote his biography right before dying in a “skiing accident” of a .45 caliber shot to the back of the head….

  8. I would suggest Madame Blavatski’s Baboon. Much more relevant to you misguided people.

  9. Every now and then I find a site about the evils of the Co$ and wind up spending several hours pondering it. I worked at CC Dallas for 5 years and 10 months in the 1990s. With working there and then paying back borrowed money for wasted services at Clearwater Flag, I believe I had not more than 20 days off during the decade of the 90s.
    I am amazed at the precise specific reports ex staff and others write about on these sites. I could report some things that happened here and there but for the most part I can’t come up with the words to use. The astrology phrase “secret sorrows” comes to mind. I never signed anything saying I wouldn’t say anything bad about Co$.
    I mostly feel; what is the point? Is that apathy? Maybe.
    I suffered daily for 7 years starting with the 2 intensives at Clearwater and then decided I simply needed to get over it. At that point I was over it within 2 to 3 weeks.
    I got over it by using the simple ideas of the American writer Vernon Howard which is basicly self observation. Hello!!!
    Werner Erhard’s est Training and Douglas Harding’s ideas supremely helped me survive over 5 years at Celebrity Centre Dallas.
    Oh by the way there is a supervisor 2 pay grades above me in the wog world now who screams and kicks a door when it won’t open.
    Oh by the way again; looked at from about 300 miles away the earth is such a lovely place. Who would ever know the games that people play.
    All the best to all of you.
    Roy

  10. Are you a professional journalist? You write very well.

  11. I just ordered the first of these two books. I will read it soon.

    I read “1984” twice while in the Sea Org. It is interesting that it didn’t open my eyes to what was occurring internally within the SO. I was so blind! I will be reading it again soon with an entirely fresh viewpoint.

    THX 1138 the movie, is a good one too.

    Any organization, person, government, etc. that tries to control it’s people or population and monitor it’s thoughts scares me beyond belief. Sadly, that is what has become of the current CoS.

  12. friends of LRH.org site is back

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