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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.» — Jon Atack, in "A Piece of Blue Sky" (1990)
«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, "Keeping Scientology Working Series 1", Feb. 1965.

John McGuigan (January 2008): "An inside view of the Scientology reality tunnel"

One of interesting the things Tom Cruise talks about in his online video is his complete and un-wavering faith in KSW: "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"

Inside Scientology there are a number of broadly known and often quoted Policy Letters. The most important is "Keeping Scientology Working," where the Scientologist is sternly admonished to police the use of Scientology 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 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.

Rev. Murray Luther (2004): "The Forbidden Side of Scientology - Indoctrinated Tyranny"

Every course begins with the same Hubbard Policy Letter, Keeping Scientology Working, which 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 tax.

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 wild card 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.

Jeff Jacobsen (2002): "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.

The 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 This?"

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 than incapable."

Affidavit of 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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