The Origin of the Free Zone

Early on, L. Ron Hubbard had a premonition of what could happen with the church of Scientology and he himself warned:

… And then someday – me gone, other guys gone – all of a sudden there sits this thing, this organization. And somebody has to rise up and say, “Auditors of the world, unite; overthrow this monster!” And everybody would see it go down very plainly, you see. Down it’d go.
Then they’d say, “Fine! Now we are free.” And they would get another handful of letters cancelling their certificates.
I try to look far enough in the future to forecast and predict what might be, so as to not do too many things wrong. You must allow me some percentage. And as I look into the future, I see that we are handling here, material of a potential control and command over mankind which must not be permitted at any time to become the monopoly or the tool of the few to the danger and disaster of the many. And maybe in this I am simply being overly proud, conceited or optimistic. But I would never for a moment step back from the role of being conceited just to be approved of, or just to be wrong in a prediction.
And I believe that prediction is right. And I believe that the freedom of the material which we know and understand is guaranteed only by a lightness of organization, a maximum of people, good training and good, reliable, sound relay of information. And if we can do these things, we will win. But if we can’t do these things, sooner or later the information which we hold will become the property of an untrustworthy few.Quote from L. Ron Hubbard Lecture 15, lecture ASMC-15, 6 June 1955

Ernie Martin, a close associate of L. Ron Hubbard and someone who was responsible for the security of the Hubbard family, unequivocally claimed that L. Ron Hubbard said emphatically, in the early ’70s, that if the church of Scientology became increasingly difficult and even impossible to live with, he should leave and start again under the name of “Free Zone”.

Bill Robertson also stated that L. Ron Hubbard had told him the same thing.

Since the beginning of the ’80s it had effectively become impossible to work in any way whatsoever with the church of Scientology; Bill Robertson and Ernie Martin left the church and did what L. Ron Hubbard said.

Bill Robertson moved to Europe, where he lived in Germany, Switzerland and France and also in other countries that responded to the call and the Ron’s Org Network was established.

The terms “Ron’s Org” and “Free Zone” are synonymous to some extent.

“RON’S (Org)” is an acronym for Ron’s Organization and Network for Standard Technology.

The “Free Zone” further refers to the overall movement as such and includes many members who have withdrawn from the church of Scientology.