You can write that down in your book in great big letters.
The only way you can control anybody is to lie to them. When you find an individual is lying to you, you know that the individual is trying to control you.
One way or another this individual is trying to control you. That is the mechanism of control.
This individual is lying to you because he is trying to control you - because if they give you enough misinformation they will pull you down the tone scale so that they can control you.
Conversely, if you see an impulse on the part of a human being to control you, you know very well that that human being is lying to you. Not "is going to", but "is" lying to you.
Check these facts, you will find they are always true.
That person who is trying to control you is lying to you. He's got to tell you lies in order to continue control, because the second you start telling anybody close to the truth, you start releasing him and he gets tougher and tougher to control.
So, you cant control somebody without telling them a bunch of lies.
You will find that very often command has this as its greatest weakness.
It will try to control instead of leading.
The next thing you know, it is lying.
Lie, lie, lie, and it gets worse and worse, and all of a sudden the thing blows up.
Well, religion has done this. Organised religion tries to control, so therefore must be lying. After a while it figures out (even itself) that it is lying, and then it starts down tone scale further and further, and all of a sudden people get down along this spring-like bottom (heresy) and say, "Are we going into apathy and die, or are we going to revolt?" and they revolt, because you can only lie to people so long.
Unfortunately there is always a new cycle of lying.
L. Ron Hubbard
Technique 88, Overt Acts Motivators Deds Continued, 25 June 1952