"L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Church of Scientology is quoted as saying:
“Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wanted to make a million dollars, the best way to do it would be start his own religion.”
Not to compare religious ideologies or beliefs, but those seem like unlikely foundations for any of the other major religions in the world. It is also important to note, that no religion is without its failures, faults, murders, missteps and sordid history. My analysis is Scientology isn’t a religion, and the mere fact that its founder based his ideology on the foundation of making money as its sole purpose for existing just goes to prove the point, money is the root of all evil. And tacking the term religion onto a derived set of self-help techniques cobble together by a man who was previously known for writing mediocre science fiction, is dubious to say the least.
Hubbard, through his own greed and self-consuming need for power, took his mediocre science fiction writing skills and pieced together contemporary (but questionable) psychology beliefs, his own form of sci-fi terminology, mysticism, infused some unethical psyop methods of intimidation and created a futuristic-sounding philosophy, which at its core has more in common with Nazi fascism than any acceptable present-day religious beliefs."
- From Church of Scientology - Power, Lies, Corruption, Part III - Hyprocrisy and Double Standards on Glosslip.com
The funniest thing (if you can call it that) about about the re-emergence of fascism is how few recognize it for what is. How these attractively-dressed, environmental, pseudo-spiritual, and health-based (but definitely political) ideologies are emerging - in exactly the same way as at the start of the 20th Century - and shaping certain individual lives, causing the rest of us (especially those prone to reading) to break apart and choose sides against them.
Too many, like Seil at The L.A. Times, (and women are more guilty of this, today, than I ever imagined) seriously think that pushing their beliefs on other people - by force - is the right thing to do. "We've got the numbers!" is all they need to believe to get them going. Right and wrong - and, especially, facts or consequences - are an afterthought. If they're contemplated at all.
I can't tell you how many people I've recently heard scream "I don't care!" when faced with facts they don't like. (They might as well add "...about the Jews!" to that statement to get it.) And they mean it: They are demanding their wrong information, and the wrong behavior that follows it ("Garbage in, garbage out"), is not only acceptable but something an "asshole" like me (i.e. someone who reads, thinks, and sticks up for himself) will just have to live with. Like I will just roll over and play dead because that's what they think I should do. They think (or don't) it worked for Hitler, right? Sure it did.
What's the old saying?
"Those that don't study history,..."