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Blown for Good: Behind the Iron Curtain of Scientology Paperback – 2010
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Foreword Magazine 2009 Book of the Year award finalist. The International Base of Scientology. The 500 acre property located deep in the California desert. The local townspeople were told lectures and films were being made there. But is that all that was happening? It is the location of a multi-million dollar home for L. Ron Hubbard, built two decades after his death. It is the home of Scientology's current leader, David Miscavige. So what really happens at the Int Base? Are the stories on the internet true? How does Scientology conduct management of its day to day operations? Could stories of armed guards, weapons, staff beatings, and razor wire fences be true? If so, how could a facility like this exist in modern day America? Hundreds of staff tried to escape over the years. Some succeeded but were never seen or heard of again, most failed. Why were people kept here? What was it that went on at the headquarters of Scientology? This is the story of what happened behind the Iron Curtain of Scientology. "...the Scientology cult, is I guarantee you, a thousand times more bizarre than you could have ever imagined." The John & Ken Show, KFI AM 640 "Headley's book also provides stunning material that has rarely been collected in one place... a damning account of life working for Scientology leader David Miscavige at the secretive desert base..." Tony Ortega, The Village Voice "Explosive new book..." The National Enquirer "...a new book exposing alleged details about not just Scientology -- but Tom Cruise's association with the church -- is available..." The Washington Post "A big tip of the hat to Marc Headley, for publicly speaking the truth about Scientology..." Examiner.com "Marc Headley, a former insider at the church, has written a tell-all book, called Blown for Good, about his 15 years of work with Scientology. And folks...you can't handle the truth..." TheFrisky.com
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The determination displayed by the organisation to retain those who "blow" (run away) is itself absurd. Why would a so-called "church" (or indeed any organisation) WANT to force unwilling members to continue their membership? It is fascism writ large, and I can only rejoice and admire people like Marc who have had the courage to see the reality of it and take the decision to leave. Scientology appears to be a deeply sinister construct, totalitarian in its outlook, utterly convinced of its own rectitude and the validity of its own beliefs, and yet wholly determined not only to prevent defection from its ranks, but to condemn wholesale those who disagree with its beliefs. In fact, it seems that the intended consequences for those who will not convert are to be as like the Final Solution in Hitler's Germany as can be imagined.
There are, according to Headley, numerous cases of members who have just "disappeared", and nobody knows where they are or what has become of them. Nobody asks questions, since questioning is likely to lead to their own "disappearance". There are also a few cases where some members have a very good idea of what has become of someone who just vanishes never to be seen again - because when you believe that you and you alone are right, sometimes the Final Solution is the only answer to someone you view as a renegade. It's a great creed for those who want ultimate power - and yet within the organisation, there is only ONE person who has that kind of authority, and that is David Miscavige. Even those who are very high up in the official hierarchy are never guaranteed their place is secure. If the Leader takes a dislike to something done or in his view badly done, anyone can either disappear, or suffer dramatic and ignominious demotion to the ranks.
Scientology is a one-man dictatorship. Most of us know where that leads. Members are expected to be celibate unless they marry, permission for which must be obtained from the Leader, and which may be refused. Once married, they are not allowed to have children unless the Leader gives permission, and again, that is often refused. The Leader is not expected to provide a reason for refusal. As a result, any married couples who find that the wife is pregnant without permission, are "encouraged" to have an abortion. The "encouragement" leads to growing pressure, which becomes for most people in that situation, well nigh irresistible. Marc Headley and his wife, who escaped after him, have made a new life for themselves and now have two healthy children. Unfortunately, the outcome is often much less happy for others, who either don't think of leaving, or who try to, and are caught and returned to face sometimes years of degrading treatment as a punishment.
The only people who don't suffer from these pressures are the high profile and wealthy members, who are pampered and feted, and allowed to continue living as they like, for the financial donations the Scientologists can expect from them. I can't forget that Scientology is the "religion" INVENTED by L Ron Hubbard, a science fiction writer, who actually said at some point in his life that if you want to make a fortune, you should invent a new religion. It seems in that, if in little else in his life, he was spot on.
I have ready quite a few accounts of life within scientology. Most, for good reason have a strong element of having an axe to grind. However, one of the outstandingly positive features of this book is that it simply relates exactly what went on and lets you decide for yourself.
I cannot reccommend this book highly enough. For both those who have come through working within scientology, those who have paid for services or those who are coming to the subject for the first time this book will provide you with an incredibly well-described insight into this organisation.
One of the main characters in the book, David Miscavige is portrayed in all his ugly, domineering, incompetent, egotistical and violent detail. Surely there have been few people who have attained such power who were so clearly so incabable of wielding it sanely. The man creates devastation, confusion, and terror whatever he touches, undermining morale at every step. He is the unbridled dictator of scientology and abuses his position at every possible opportunity.
If you wish to understand just how corrupting and entrapping the scientology organisation is you will without doubt experience it here in this gem of a book. We must certainly pity those still trapped within scientology, fearful if they leave of being unable forevermore to communicate with those they love most, whether they be husbands, wives, children, parents, grandparents or lifelong friends.
I was so impressed with this book and would urge everyone interested in freedom and its opposite to read it. The more people who do the more who will be immune to both the enticement and the entrapment of scientology.
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