L. Ron Hubbard: The Most Published Author of All Time (And Some Other Stuff)

cult leader religious found a sci-fi innovative military hero there's a lot of question marks when it comes to l ron Hubbard's life the life story he is told over the years and the life story that many of his followers point to is not the same story that documents and other official sources tell though details of his life are uncertain there is no question that his life was a fascinating trip from a Midwestern childhood to an internationally recognized writer and influence at the Nan who rose to influence some of Hollywood's biggest names was born far from the land of celebrity Hubbard was born in 1911 in Tilden Nebraska his mother was a teacher at his father was a military man when Hubbard was only 2 his family moved from Nebraska to Montana and Hubbard grew up in a town house though he has made claims that the family lived on a ranch that's just one of many claims that has been debunked by family members government officials and others who actually knew Hubbard as he was growing up and starting his career Hubbard's father was in the Navy and travel around the world but Hubbard didn't accompany him outside of the country some stories about Hubbard's teen life do suggest that he lived in places like China Guam and Japan but it's not clear if this is in fact part of his official life or part of the mystique built up around him and a study of Eastern medicine as part of his Scientology persona truly separating fact from fiction is difficult when it comes to Hubbard's life the Hubbard family briefly lived in Washington State and Hubbard attended school for some years on the west coast then returned to Montana to finish high school and live with his grandparents while his parents lived overseas after graduating from high school Hubbard left the Midwest and headed east to the nation's capital at George Washington University he studied engineering but dropped out after only two years due to failing grades without a college degree and no prospects ahead of him Hubbard turned to his imagination and began penning sci-fi and horror stories to earn a living he was only making a penny a word though and he had to write prolifically in order to earn enough to live on you don't get rich writing science fiction if you want to get rich you start a religion Hubbard once said this man's well he certainly knew what he was talking about because he had to crank out so many stories Hubbard now holds the Guinness world record for the most translated and published author in the world during the 1930s he wrote under several pseudonyms and wrote dozens of stories across nearly every literary genre he published novels and some reports even say that he wrote as many as 100,000 words a month science fiction became what he was best known for and he even moved in the social circles of men like Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein Hubbard's writing it also caught the attention of Hollywood he wrote the script for the secret of Treasure Island and claims that he helped write several other movies including John Ford stagecoach but his name doesn't actually appear in the credits for this movie in the year 2000 his work was prominently featured on the big screen when his novel Battlefield Earth was made into a movie starring none other than devout Scientologist John Travolta Hubbard's writing career like so many other American men's careers was interrupted by the outbreak of World War two he joined the Navy Reserve in 1941 and upon the recommendation of his congressman he was made a lieutenant the stories of Hubbard's military career have been polished and exaggerated for the benefit of Scientology tales have overseas heroism abounds hence the scientology version of his war record has him receiving 21 medals for his actions during the war including injuries that supposedly left him blinded and crippled in reality though the story of Hubbard's military service is a little bit different official military records showed that he never actually left the continental United States during the war and he also wasn't a hero far from it in fact he lost the command of his ship after a number of mishaps including having his crew fire upon what he thought was a submarine off the coast of Oregon well this submarine actually just turned out to be a large floating long even though Hubbard was relieved of his command he was allowed to stay in the Navy on in active duty it was in 1950 that he officially resigned his commission and left the military behind for good when are birds active students in the Navy were over he stayed on the west coast moving to Los Angeles in 1945 hitman married in 1933 but his wife wouldn't bring along the whole family to California from Washington to live there later Byrd said his wife left him because he was a cripple I was abandoned by family and friends as a supposedly hopeless cripple and a probable burden upon them for the rest of my days is how his version of the story supposedly goes in California without his wife or children Hubbard found himself with a new family of sorts and Aleister Crowley that famous practitioner of magic was leading a group that would say a cult called Otto Templi Orientis Hubbard joined the group and found an outlet for his interest in science fiction thea cults and the fantastical hubbard moved in with Jack Parsons and his girlfriend Sarah Parsons also members of the group and the three they became close friends perhaps too close because eventually Hubbard began sleeping with Parsons girlfriends and Parsons didn't seem to mind soon another female Marjorie Cameron joined their group and Parsons started sleeping with her but their sexual encounters had an occult end goal they wanted to impregnate Cameron with the spawn of Satan apparently this required Hubbard to watch the couple while they engaged in intercourse their behavior Munn surprisingly never resulted in the spawn of Satan but these exploits did end in a lasting relationship between Hubbard and Northrup the couple were married in 1946 but Hubbard hadn't yet divorced his first wife it took a year for his first wife to find out that he had married again making Hubbard a bigamist for an entire year the divorce filings do not paint a pretty picture of Hubbard's first marriage among the accusations included in the papers is that systematic torture beatings strangulations and scientific torture experiments were among the things Hubbard's first wife was subjected to once divorced and once again monogamous Hubbard and Northrup moved to Laguna Beach then to Georgia and they finally settled in New Jersey it was there that he began crafting the work that served as the basis for Scientology on May the 5th 1950 that work that was introduced to the world the publication of Dianetics the modern science of mental health brought Hubbard's ideas about psychology to the masses within months the book was selling at her rate of thousands a week and was translated into several languages essentially Dianetics thought that memories which Hubbard referred to as engrams are the reason that people experience the psychological pain and its associated health problems in the book he described how people can and release their engrams and work towards becoming clear this is the term he used for being cured of all the ills caused by engrams he even alleged that he cured his own war injuries through the use of Dianetics and he even said that leukemia was caused by an Engram and could be cured through Dianetics leukemia is evidently psychosomatic in origin and at least eight cases of leukemia had been treated successfully by Dianetics after medicine had traditionally given up the source of leukemia has been reported to be an Engram containing the phrase it turns my blood to water Hubbard's well he was one who never understate his achievements and he had no doubts about what Dianetics could mean for the world and for human health a milestone for man comparable to his discovery of fire and superior to his invention of the wheel and the arch well Hubbard was sure about his theory of psychology the scientific world wasn't so quick to agree as the book continued to sell and Dianetics groups began to pop up around the nation scientists and medical professionals began to speak about their disbelief in Dianetics the American Psychological Association dismissed Dianetics as did Scientific American they said that Hubbard's ideas weren't based in fact and he had nothing but baseless promises nonetheless the teachings of Dianetics they kept spreading Hubbard spends much of 1950 touring the country giving lectures on Dianetics and conducting seminars Dianetics groups sprouted up in large cities and people started sending money to the groups wanting to start on the path to becoming clear or wanting to learn how they could help others become clear by being what is called a Dianetics auditor I mean all the traveling and amid all the fame Hubbard couldn't keep his second marriage going nor could he keepers finances in line he was having an affair with his public relations assistant and Dianetics foundations around the country were floundering only a couple of years after his book was an astounding success l ron Hubbard was divorced a second time and it wasn't looking like Dianetics was going to be any sort of long-term lasting movement but Hubbard well he had a standing charisma and he had a theory that people that easily latched onto and wanted to believe in one of the Dianetics believers was a millionaire named Don Purcell he hadn't lost faith in Hubbard's and Dianetics yet and he wanted to support the cause so he poured money into a building and a brand new foundation for Dianetics research in Kansas but his support and his ideas they were no match for Hubbard after he and Hubbard had disagreements about the foundation that organization fell apart and ultimately ended up losing its money when it had to cover the depths of other lapsed Dianetics foundations though the foundation in Kansas didn't work out it wasn't a total loss for Hubbard he was able to launch Hubbard College in the States and even met his next bride there she was only 18 and the two moved together to Phoenix Arizona during this period Hubbard took the next leap forward in sharing his ideas about psychology and the human experience he started working on putting his ideas about Dianetics into a larger spiritual and philosophical frame in other words it was creating Scientology in 1954 the Church of Scientology officially launched however as with much of Scientology's history there is dispute about which church was the official start was it the one in California founded by a member or was it Hubbard's organization in New Jersey either way Hubbard to put forth the ideas for the structure of the church and it's his name that will forever be linked with Scientology all right so well what is Scientology well Hubbard described it this way Scientology is the study of knowingness it increases one's knowingness but if a man were totally aware of what was going on around him he would find it relatively simple to handle any outlet in that and according to the church's website Scientology teachings contain answers for nearly everything a human could want to know contains they're in our arms to life's most profound mysteries the enigma of existence the riddle of death the realization of states not even described in earlier literature also from these works come Scientology technologies to rear children repair families educate organize and provide relief in times of illness or suffering by 1956 the Church of Scientology it was officially considered a church in the eyes of the government and therefore was a tax-exempt organization Hubbard was making money as people joins the church bought materials and spends money to move through the ranks of Scientology one session with a Scientology auditor could cost a person $300 and of course you could not just have one session as you kept working your way up getting closer to being clear you'd have to spend more money to work with auditors and to achieve more within the church people were spending a lot of money to be a member of Scientology and to achieve what Hubbard had promised them was possible but just because Scientology was growing and was flush with cash doesn't mean it was without its problems governments targeted the organization worried about the consequences of Scientology on the health of its members and there was also this growing reputation for intimidation among Scientologists the Australian government even went so far as to say that Scientology was a serious threat to the community medically morally and socially and its adherents sadly deluded and often mentally ill the United States government was also concerned in fact they had been watching Hubbard for years some reports even say that the FBI had interviewed him as early as 1951 and was not happy with his mental state in 1963 the Washington DC Scientology Church was raided the feds discovered just how much Hubbard was making off the church he was taking millions out of the coffers of this organization and paying no taxes to the governments it was this the cause Scientology to lose its tax-exempt status Hubbard wasn't willing to let this treatment by the US government stand though he created a new office within Scientology to deal with negative publicity the Scientologists in charge of this office took aim aggressively liberally accusing Scientology's detractors of libel and slander Hubbard wanted to bring down his attackers and was willing to do whatever it took to do so lurid blood sex crime actual evidence is what he wanted his publicity office to find on those who were attacking Scientology's reputation even with an aggressive publicity approach a Scientology didn't get their tax-exempt status back for another 30 years as the church came under attack from governments Hubbard saw a solution on the open seas where governments couldn't get him it was this that caused him to dream up another organization this one known as Sea Org the Sea Org was basically Scientology on the ocean with its members living aboard three ships that Hubbard had purchased there was a major cash flow to be welcomed into the Sea Org you had to sign a contract saying that you would be loyal to Scientology for 1 billion yes even though the group was based aboard ships they still faced resistance from governance the Greek government asked them to leave Corfu after a year and Morocco was no more welcoming to them being part of the Sea Org and sailing around the world was not akin to being on a cruise ship though instead there was little food long hours for those tending to the ship and dirty clothes and linens were the North Hubbard himself only lasted on the open sea for a few years it taken breaks on land in the early 1970s but in 1975 he returned to life on land for good upon his return he settled in California and after two decades in the spotlight l ron Hubbard began to fade away from his charismatic leadership role in the church the years on the ocean had not a raised Scientology's problems with the government's Hubbard in his organization were being chased by French and US authorities and even managed to get themselves embroiled in Moroccan political issues while there Sea Org ships were docked at Hubbard's solution to these problems wants to keep himself hidden the church kept fighting with Hubbard pulling the strings and directing operations that went to elaborate lengths to infiltrate the federal government's and disrupt investigations one operation called Snow White involved everything from breaking into IRS officers to bugging the federal government to even infiltrating government staff with Scientology plants you could report back to the church a former Scientologists said that Hubbard always said never defend always attack this was gospel and that's pretty much what the church did and it landed 11 people in jail including Hubbard's wife as all of this was going on Hubbard was still hiding out at home he suffered from a number of health problems throughout the 1970s and nine in eighties a heart attack pulmonary embolism injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident and more he was obese and he smoked constantly the man simply wasn't healthy he moved around trying to stay out of the public eye and away from potential government action against him he had a team of teenagers who took care of him washing his clothes and holding out ashtrays for his ever-present cigarettes by 1986 his health issues had mounted to a point where they couldn't be overcome at the age of 74 l ron Hubbard passed away after suffering a stroke when he died he hadn't made a public appearance in six years the New York Times said mystery surrounds his death just as a cloaked the final years of his life he was cremated and his ashes were scattered at sea by Scientologists seven years after Hubbard's death in 1993 the IRS reinstated the church's tax-exempt status the IRS has not given an explanation about why it was granted again but the Scientologists could celebrate their nearly eight billion dollars in assets were once again safe from taxation l ron Hubbard's life is fraught with contradictions between church teachings and official government documents and he's certainly a controversial figure a California judge ruling on his Scientology lawsuit didn't hide his feelings about Hubbard at all the evidence portrays a man who has been virtually a pathological liar when it comes to his history backgrounds and achievements he had egoism greed avarice lust for power and vindictiveness and aggressiveness against persons perceived by him to be disloyal or hostile Hubbard was a Midwestern boy with an imagination and an aptitude for language that we didn't fare well at George Washington University he was able to use his charisma and considerable aptitude for propaganda to build an organization that remains largely intact today it's attracted the likes of Tom Cruise and other Hollywood luminaries to its ranks and although it takes hits after hit in the press Scientology marches on and l ron Hubbard has a legacy that lives on controversial though it may be so I really hope you enjoyed that video if you did please do hit that thumbs up button below and don't forget to subscribe for brand new videos every Monday and Thursday also check out some of our other videos which are over there on the right and as always thank you for watching

44 thoughts on “L. Ron Hubbard: The Most Published Author of All Time (And Some Other Stuff)

  1. Usually I enjoy these biographics – when about characters of which I have great knowledge (e.g. Akhenaten – egyptian pharao and the worlds first monotheist a.w.a. religious persecutor) it's obvious that contrary to the majority of other, similar, U2b channels, Biographics presentations are well researched and level headed – the care taken to stay objective, even when the character's done a great deal to make that a hard to reach objective, is obivous.
    However. In the case of your bio on LRH, though one can detect an effort on your part to be objective, I feel – and I'm really sorry to say this since I otherwise have a great respect for the work you usually do and I really want to underline that! – I feel that you've failed.

    It seems there's a confusion in this case surrounding what it is to be objective (which is strange, since you usually do a great job at it compared to many). Your take on objectivivity towards LRH manifests as a bio presenting facts vs. fiction. But that's not to be objective. A biography is always to be based solely on facts. The objectivity steps in in the form of refraining from value bias.

    Naturally it's impossible not to mention LRH 's fiction based autobiography – it's actually a valid and valuable part of any bio on the man – but, as said, objectivity isn't to place fiction agains facts. And it IS a fact that LRH's own version is nothing but fiction. In 1982, at the Clearwater Scientology hearings, LRH's own, first born, son Ron DeWolf (formerly Ron Hubbard Jr) states that him and his father (LRH) had a standing joke father-to-son, where LRH himself said that he wrote one autobiography every week (making it difficult for him to remember exactly what the last version about him said). During these hearings, Ron DeWolf, under oath!, states "I can say flatly that 99% of what my father wrote about his own life and what he had done, is false. And since it has always been a rather intricate part of scientology itself, I think that people should know those facts."

    Within the cult, the fiction is fact – and this includes such things as the Xenu narrative, body thetans, engrams etc., along with all other LRH policies such as the Fair game policy and the practice of auditing (said to be in the line of confessions within the catholic church, but in reality a means with two goals: 1: extracting personal information which, despite church claims, is then used withing the Fair game policy – it's also used as a tool of intimidatiion and humilitation that is a natural part of "handling". and 2: hypnosis, first performed by the help of an auditor and later on, up the bridge, through self-hypnosis (at a certain level, the member no longer require an auditor, but instead performs self-auditing. It's not uncommon that people during this phase litterary has gone insane – but that's a sidenote, just to give an idea of how dangerous the practice of scientology actually is).

    To back up and return to my initial point of complaint: naturally the fiction of LRH should be a part of the narrative in any biography on his life, but not as a counterweight to the facts in order to form an objective picture. The fiction of LRH is a fact. And therefore, it should be presented as such: the man was a pathological lier. It is also a fact that "Dianetics – the science of modern mental health" is a mixture of fiction and real life torture performed by Hubbard on his then wife – Mr. DeWolf's mother – including forcefull abortions (of which one, Mr. DeWolf had to witness at the age of 6), along with beatings and a menageri of sadistic practicies.

    LRH was indeed, at one period, a low paid sci-fi writer, but his main source of income and his main occupation, was as a cult leader. He was a tyrant, a sadist, a narcissistic sociopath, a charlatan, bigamist, tax evader, and a pathological lier. This is not a bias account – It's fact. It's a fact that LRH locked up people he was dissatisfied with in the chain locker of the Apollo (the star ship of his sea-org. fleet) and kept them there for days without food, without any sanitary means (e.g. without toiletpaper and nowhere to perform such activities). It's a fact that he kidnapped his child of his third wife and made phonecalls to her saying he'd drowned the child, only to the next day call her to say the child was alive and then, later, do the same thing all over again – several times.

    It's not bias to account for the persecution of jews, LGBQ, handicaped etc. when doing a biography on Hitler – to refrain from mentioning the holocaust on the other hand, that's to be bias. Still, there are those who believe the holocaust to be a hoax. Yet, no one, no one serious, would do a Hitler biography, placing the ideas of holocaust deniers against actual facts and call it "objective". Same goes for LRH.

    To finish off this rather long comment: 1. Gold star and a colourful balloon to anyone who've read this far – I hope, in the rear view mirror, you don't find your time wasted!.
    2. If, which I hope, but realize isn't all too likely (or perhaps it is – I really don't know), anyone from Biographics reads this: Gold star and balloon to you (of course), and also: I really want to stress and underline that I find this – my basis of critique – to be an anomalie in regards to your channel. I really appreciate all the work you put in and I applaude all that's involved for taking pride in what you do – your channel is a sparkling gem in an ocean of poo-poo!
    3. Apologies for language slip-ups. English isn't my native tounge, nor do I live in an English speaking country, but whatever mistakes I've made, I hope it's at least largely comprehendable.
    4. I'll attach a link to Ron DeWolfs testamonies.
    5. Cheers!

  2. weirdo crook, the quickest and easiest way to become rich is start your own religion…readers digest 1982

  3. I read from a creditable source that the book Dianetics stayed on the best seller list because members of the religion bought thousands of books to keep it there.

  4. Only in America could this happen tho. Our laws protect criminals .

  5. Battlefield Earth is so goddamn Boring I’ve been trying to read it for twenty years and just can’t bring myself to throw a book away.

  6. ( Also, a good rule of thumb to follow is never trust a guy who wears an ascot………..except maybe Freddy from Scooby Doo………and Charles Nelson Reilly. They aight.

  7. So, "he had a team of teen-agers who took care of him", that must have been some type of code for the pedophilia, right?…….cause you kind of didn't bring it up. Were you guys worried Tom Cruise was going to put a hit out on you if you brought up the kid diddlin'? Well, anyways allow me to. L Ron looooved buggering under aged boys .

  8. Hubbard’s many poses in uniforms reminds me of Milo Yiannopoulos

  9. Great breakdown my friend. Love this channel. But ya did leave out at onetime he lived with Alister Crowley.

  10. Great breakdown my friend. Love this channel. But ya did leave out at onetime he lived with Alister Crowley.

  11. What a monstrous fraud Hubbard was …it's amazing what bollox passes for science

  12. Bat shart crazy why shouldn't he have a religious cult of domination are you docile ? Do you blindly follow ideals that sounds crazy ? Do you like giving your money to a made up cult? Do you like to believe in fake rubish of space case writers? Are you gullible? Are you easily persuaded to be unable to differentiate real from fake? Scientology is in your future! Well we have Trump as president so ya we're screwed. Everything about these two are cringy to even acknowledge. Well half the religious beliefs in US is pretty nut digging to the facts he just capitalized on this. Look up all the craziness this vid only scratches the nutty surface

  13. Well, Battlefield Earth is a pretty good book. Johnny Goodboy Tyler against the psychlos and then a banking cartel.

  14. He preached clean health yet his teeth were totally hypocritical of that.

  15. I'd love to see a Biographics episode on David Miscavige, who I like to call miscarriage because that would be about all he's good for. A completely sadistic narcissist, even more money hungry than the wanker this video, and guilty of so many crimes I don't even know where to start. Also, his wife has been missing for 13 years now. The slightest amount of research will leave you horrified. It's high time this fuckstick is held accountable by someone – that and he looks pure evil.

  16. I mean, it's just as batshit as any other "religion" and causes about the same level of suffering to it's extreme adherents (just look at the children of faith healers). No churches should be tax exempt.

  17. Luminaries sounds like Lunatics. Also you didn’t mention that his first name was “Lafayette”.

  18. Most published author thing is HOGWASH. Most of his output is not due to his fiction career, but due to all the Scientology books that came out. This includes bound volumes of what were essentially office memos that were sent out to all Scientology facilities. Some of this stuff was ghost written or heavily edited. Most of his fiction consisted of short stories. He did write a few full length novels, but the number is only about 20. His last work of fiction published, the ten volume Mission Earth series, was based on detailed outlines and written by somebody else. There are several authors that wrote more fiction than he did.

  19. He’s in Guinness only because Scientology keeps republishing his pulp fiction in book form, then buying it themselves. I actually found one of their red cardboard book displays in a second hand bookstore in Saskatoon, still full to the brim with LRH pulp fiction reprints.
    Besides Tom Cruise and John Travolta, Leonard Cohen supposedly dabbled in it. He references it in Famous Blue Raincoat – “…on the night that you planned to go clear, did you ever go clear…” and in Joni Mitchell’s song about Cohen she mentions it too.

  20. He was not just a con man. He was a satanist. He and Jack Parsons perpetrated a horrific ritual back in Hubbard's "Agape Lodge" days that was intended to invoke the Great Harlot of Babylon. Then Hubbard cheated even Parsons out of money and proceeded to become the bigamist, kidnapper and fraudster the world knows.

  21. Well, he sounds like a fat, lying, repugnant and fraudulent slaver. What a total failure of a human being.

  22. Wait. What? The higher in the organization you rise, the more you pay? Thank you Biographics – until today I had no idea a reverse pyramid scheme was a thing.

  23. ,Hubbard was a lying scumbag, who shamefully claimed to be a war hero,,disgusting,,and created a cult, not a religion that has ruined alot of peoples lives,horrible

  24. Hubbard is like Nixon, dirty, shady & let everyone else take the fall. Greedy bastard.

  25. Scientology is a prime example of why no religious organizaton should ever be exempt from scrutiny and taxation by the state.

  26. One thing you didn't cover in the video was Scientology's rejection of psychiatry. They tell people not to take their psychiatric medication. These people aren't just idiots. They're dangerous idiots.

  27. Hubbard was a pathological liar/narcissistic sociopath, who founded a psuedoreligion during McCarthy era, based on protection of literature and prevention of bankruptcy.

  28. Scientology is THE BIGGEST RACKET. I refuse to watch any Travolta or Cruise movie. I read Battlefield Earth. Good book. It's the author I have issues with.

  29. Any book he published is a waste of paper. I like Leah Remini.

  30. Good old days when con men had to found a religion to remain relevant; when liars couldn't run for some political office like Trump did.

  31. Imagine if he had found himself in the right set of historical circumstances, he could easily have become another Hitler or Stalin. I think we really dodged a bullet there.

  32. Good Lord–the man looks like he could be Donald J. Trump's even MORE corrupt older brother!

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