Keeping Scientology Working (KSW)
|The Hubbard Communication Office Policy Letter
of February 7, 1965, titled Keeping Scientology Working
Series 1 was included in the attached documents submitted to
the IRS in 1993, when the Church of Scientology (CSI) applied
for tax exemption. Since the Form 1023 and all attached
statements are open to public scrutiny, you can now see the
KSW policy letter in its entirety (as part of "Chaplain Mini
Hat" course here):
HCO Policy Letter of 7 February 1965:
Keeping Scientology Working Series 1 (2.61 MiB)
HCO Policy Letter of 25 October 1983:
Keeping Scientology Working Series 5R (2.61 MiB)
«This Policy Letter [KSW] exists in all but introductory Scientology
courses. It is there to inculcate reverence to Hubbard as the
"Source" of Scientology, and to show the crucial role of the
Scientologist's mission on Earth.» —
Piece of Blue Sky"
«When somebody enrolls,
consider he or she has joined up for the duration of the
universe—never permit an "open-minded" approach.
If they're going to quit let them quit fast. If they enrolled,
they're aboard, and if they're aboard, they're here on the same
terms as the rest of us—win or die in the attempt. Never let them be half-minded about being Scientologists.
[...] We'd rather have you dead than incapable.» —
L. Ron Hubbard
Scientology Working Series 1"
, Feb. 1965.
(January 2008): "An inside view of the Scientology reality
One of interesting the things Tom Cruise
talks about in his
is his complete and un-wavering faith in
: "It really is KSW... that policy has really gone,
boy!... that's exactly it". While in one sense, this is a
very powerful, one-minded and un-distracted mindset to be
in, on the other hand it is the embodiment
of Scientology fundamentalism
Jon Atack (1990): "A Piece of Blue Sky - Chapter 3: Fair Game,
Ethics and the Scriptures"
there are a number of broadly known and often
quoted Policy Letters. The most important is "Keeping
," where the Scientologist is sternly
admonished to police the use of
and ensure that there are no departures from
Hubbard's teachings. A list of ten points is given for the
protection of "Standard Tech," among them "hammering out of
existence incorrect technology." This Policy Letter exists in
all but introductory
courses. It is there to inculcate reverence to
Hubbard as the "Source" of
, and to show the crucial role of the
Scientologist's mission on Earth.
Rev. Murray Luther (2004): "The Forbidden Side of Scientology -
Every course begins with the same Hubbard
Policy Letter, Keeping Scientology Working
establishes the infallibility of Hubbard's so-called
"technology." In that PL, Hubbard boldly states, "What I say in
these pages has always been true, it holds true today, it will
still hold true in the year 2000 and it will continue to hold
true from there on out." [...]
In Scientology, you cannot challenge the word of Hubbard and expect to remain
a member in good standing for long. There's nothing whatsoever in Hubbard's
writings and recorded lectures that a Scientologist can maintain even the most
minor dispute. The Church considers that all disagreements with Hubbard doctrine
come from some lack in understanding of the inviolable truths contained in the
material. The only option a student has to reconcile a contrary view is to keep
restudying the particular area in dispute until the misunderstanding is "cleared
up." In this way the rigid dogma of Scientology is preserved, and all thoughts
or opinions contrary to Hubbard's view are subdued.
L. Ron Hubbard (1965): "Keeping Scientology Working Series 1"
And I don't see that popular measures, self-abnegation and democracy have done
anything for man but push him further into the mud. Currently, popularity
endorses degraded novels, self-abnegation has filled the Southeast Asian jungles
with stone idols and corpses, and democracy has given us inflation and income
L. Ron Hubbard (1965): "Keeping Scientology Working Series 4"
Scientology is the only workable system man has. It has already taken people
toward higher IQ, better lives and all that. No other system has. So realize
that it has no competitor.
Wikipedia: Scientology Justice
A set of
charges often used to set-up a church member for
punishment, are violations of any ten points of the 1965 policy
letter "Keeping Scientology Working
" written by founder,
L. Ron Hubbard
"The Writings of L. Ron Hubbard - What Are They?"
Scientologists at almost every turn in their
training must read "Keeping Scientology Working" which
includes "Having the correct technology" and "Hammering out of
existence incorrect technology." ["Keeping Scientology Working"
HCOPL of 7 February 1965]. In fact, Hubbard states in this
policy letter that he alone came up with Scientology and "group efforts, one can
safely assume, will not add to it or successfully alter it in the future." In
Hubbard's own words in probably his most widely and most often read policy
letter, he clearly states that his works should be unaltered.
Watchman Expositor (1997): "Scientology: A History of Terror and
Abuse" by Craig Branch
Destructive mind-control groups vary in the
scope and intensity of their attempts to control. Scientology is totalistic and goes "all out." In every bound Scientology
technical bulletin volume is found printed the order "Keeping
Scientology Working." It exhorts the Scientologist to be
totally sold out to the cause, to "win or die in the attempt.… only the tigers
survive…. It's a tough universe….We'd rather have you dead than incapable."
The Wittenburg Door (July 2002): "Scientology: Are we Clear on
Scientology is built on denial. It isn't like
you go into denial then. It's built on denial from day one. You
read a thing called Keeping Scientology Working.
And Hubbard basically says you have to stay on this path. And if you get off of
it, you could not only lose your freedom, but you could lose your freedom for
eternity. Life after life after life. That's a lot if you buy into that. That's
a big denial right there.
Affidavit of Jesse
Prince (20 August 1999)
38. Following the dogma of L. Ron Hubbard to the letter is the highest priority
for a person practicing Scientology. In a Scientology policy letter called
"Keeping Scientology Working", L. Ron Hubbard says "The proper instruction
attitude is, 'You're here so you're a Scientologist. Now we are going to make
you into an expert auditor no matter what happens. We'd rather have you dead
Roxanne Friend (6 December 1991)
8. While I was a Scientologist, at any points where I would
have a thought negatively or critically about a church
executive, the organization or the techniques used in
Scientology, I would have to squash these thoughts since if I
shared them I would be subject to expensive auditing or other
disciplinary actions or projects. This is another aspect of the
way Scientology controls the thoughts of its constituents. You
are trained to only allow certain thoughts or it will cost you
time, money and your pride since you will be punished for
thinking thoughts that the organization does not want you to
think. For example, you are considered and labeled a criminal if
you are caught not "keeping Scientology working" and many people
were continually indoctrinated into that concept (including
myself) by being forced to take a "Keeping Scientology Working"
course under threat of being kicked out.
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