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     As a brief historical word on the era in which he wrote, let us briefly consider what historians have described as a “world which lost its bearings.” For example, we shall read of a “long mass of riots and civil commotion,” and the phrase is definitely appropriate what with two hundred American cities erupting in riot between 1968 and 1969. (Although the figure is somewhat debatable since a United States Justice Department attempted to reclassify all incidents of looting, arson and mayhem lasting less than twelve hours as a mere “serious disturbance.”) All the same, the department could not reclassify the thirty-five thousand assaults on federal offices and agents, nor the four thousand politically motivated bombings. Similarly, we shall read of an unprecedented university revolt, and again the phrase is apt with a hundred American campuses suffering mass and premeditated student violence between January and June of 1968, and commensurate figures across both Western and Eastern Europe. Then again, we shall read of a business community listlessly gazing upon “economic ruins,” a United States Executive Branch spitting on the Bill of Rights and equally corrupt Federal Bureau of Investigation—all further underscored by such catchwords from the era as “ rust-belts,”* Watergate and the “closet life” of J. Edgar Hoover.

     Yet the real cancer through these “crisis decades”—as historians have also dubbed this era—is what the mainstream historian has generally missed, and what LRH reveals with a depth found nowhere else, i.e., the deeper cultural subversion from a psychiatric and psychological establishment as variously represented by an American Psychiatric Association, an American Psychological Association and a World Federation of Mental Health. As we shall see, LRH additionally has much to say on the psychiatric presence within a United States intelligence community—originally enlisted under a banner of behavioral control or mind-control, but eventually serving as an even darker psychopolitical cog within the Cold War machine. Finally, we shall also read of a psychiatric intrusion into the educational realm with a “science of saliva,” and the commensurately “sinister implications” of psychiatry’s invasion of judicial systems.

     But the larger point is simply this: if the name L. Ron Hubbards was to finally prove a psychiatric obsession—with at least two million psychiatric dollars directed to the destruction of his work as of 1955 and untold millions since—that obsession is only peripheral to the story he reveals. In fact, psychiatry looms large in these essays because it embodies a worldwide terror directed against whole landscapes and whole populations. Moreover, and even more to that larger point: “It is not a ‘symptom of the times’ that things are going wrong in the West. They are carefully planned that way.”

     So unquestionably, we are about to tread upon some fascinating ground; for among other topics of those carefully laid plans discussed here: the targeting of minorities to the deterioration of all individual liberty, the manipulation of media for the molding of popular opinion, the tinkering with economics toward the fraying of a social fabric, and the chemical reengineering of a human personality into a submissive and “good dog” mentality.

     As a final introductory word, let us reiterate the bulk of essays here followed from a much larger project aimed at writing The Cause and Prevention of Revolution. And although that work was never completed, we do possess what LRH intended as the opening chapter, “Strong Voices in the Land.”

     In a word, that chapter would seem to summarize, not only all works in this publication, but the greater crusade of Scientologists everywhere—or for that matter, anyone who stands as a Scientologist at heart for his dedication to the dignity and freedom of mankind. But in either case, the opening statement to follow most certainly reflects an enduring LRH view that all those who work for individual liberty represent a voice no government can ignore. It also reflects the fact that, as LRH continued his research and the authoring of essays here, the bulk of Scientologists were likewise soon encouraged to raise a strong voice, and so also earned the title, Freedom Fighters.

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