Richard Ingrams: When those in power abandon all scruples
The Independent, columns. 5th March 2011http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/columnists/richard-ingrams/richard-ingrams-when-those-in-power-abandon-all-scruples-2232979.html
This month sees the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of the world's most successful conmen, L Ron Hubbard, founder of the so-called Church of Scientology. Despite all the exposés, the court actions and the multiple tales of human misery, the movement continues to thrive and will no doubt be preparing lavish celebrations all over the world to honour its founder.
L Ron's mission statements are simply stated. "If a man really wanted to make one million dollars, the best way to do it would be to start a new religion" was one – hence his decision to call Scientology a church and use the cross as its symbol. Secondly, and more significantly he stated that "the only way to control people is to lie to them".
There are plenty of unscrupulous politicians, from Hitler downwards, who would confirm L Ron's formula. Especially so today, when lying has become an almost acceptable weapon in the political armoury.