By Ian C.
As we are in the midst of an intense political battle in the United States, I thought it was relevant to bring up politics in relation to Scientology. In no way do I mean to support any side, and Hubbard always intended the subject to be a non-political entity.
Yet there are also aspects of political ideology revealed in the tech. For example, those whom are “Communistic” are said to be 1.1 Covertly Hostile, and “Fascistic” are 1.5 Anger, as per the Tone Scale of Human Emotions in Self-Analysis. Neither is high toned, although Fascism would appear to be the (slightly) better of the two.
Also, in various lectures and writings, Hubbard knocks both the Gre-a-a-at Roosevelt and Republicans alike, usually as an aside or a joke. In my opinion, his politics probably most resembled a rather independent political view, likely more Libertarian leaning more than anything else (disclaimer: I am a Libertarian myself, although this was prior to my introduction into Scientology).
What got me thinking about this was during a recent conversation with my auditor, when I asked him how he could be OT 7 and a conservative, whereas his friend also on the same level can be a liberal OT 7. Surely one of these two cannot be a true OT 7? I assumed that one might have some false data and thus could be easily educated out of their false beliefs, and that the more true political viewpoint might emerge with processing.
He explained that as one loses more of their bank they do become more individualistic and be more open to all viewpoints as valid, as thetans are not cookie cutter beings but individuals. Therefore they can have different solutions to the same problem, and there’s also the aspect of playing a game (albeit a higher toned one).
While I can accept this, it still seems that at least some political leanings per the tech are not rational viewpoints – Communism (and likely Socialism) and Fascism, and thus by extension Statism and Totalitarianism.
I am curious if one can remain a Communist, a Socialist, or a Fascist and still be a true OT 7 once they have been educated on a number of other views and inspected the data for themselves using False Data Stripping, Word Clearing etc.?
Is there a general political leaning of an OT?
Things to ponder and thoughts welcome!