Perfect Control Without Further Fear: A Psychobiography of L. Ron Hubbard

Read James Kelley’s newest analysis of new religious movements. This time it’s L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology. Hub had thoughts about Jesus. Who knew?

Jay's Analysis

Ron. Ron.

©James L. Kelley 2015

Southern California, circa 1948. A depressed, impotent Navy veteran named L. Ron Hubbard (1911-1986) angles his shoulders toward a customized high-speed typewriter. His dim, narrow eyes begin to glint as his fingers strike the keys. This, however, will be a new type of writing for Hubbard, who has long-since made his name as a penny-a-word pulp writer…

Hubbard’s curious document would later be discovered in an office attic by an unsuspecting archivist. Eventually it was brought to public knowledge through a court case involving the organization Hubbard would later found—Scientology [1]. Writer Omar Garrison, who had been commissioned by Scientology to craft a biography of Ron Hubbard, gave the mysterious typescript the title “Affirmations,” though after considering its bizarre content further, he emended this to “Admissions.” The text of the “Affirmations”—intended by Hubbard to be read into a recording device and then played back as…

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