Gathering Minds

Merchants of Chaos

A definition from the Technical Dictionary:1

"MERCHANTS OF CHAOS, there are in our civilization some very disturbing elements. These disturbing elements are the Merchants of Chaos. They deal in confusion and upset. Their daily bread is made by creating chaos. If chaos were to lessen, so would their incomes. It is to their interest to make the environment seem as threatening as possible, for only then can they profit. Their incomes, force, and power rise in direct ratio to the amount of threat they can inject into the surroundings of the people. (NSOL, pp. 17-18) 2. Merchant of Fear or Chaos Merchant and which we can now technically call the suppressive person. (HCO PL 5 Apr 65)"

Additional information:

"…They produce nothing, they must steal one way or another, and then devaluate whatever they obtain. They speak very sternly of honesty or ethics and put on a formidable front of complete legality. They are impartial, which is to say they are incapable of decision but ride continually a maybe…" "…They feel called upon at no pretext to become adjudicative on subjects where their opinion has not been invited."


" Many people are professional dangerous environment makers. The "chaos merchants" push dangerous environments on people in a sensationalized form. This includes politicians, newspapermen, policemen, etc. They spread confusion and upset and breed fear of the environment. This is the same thing that a blackmailer or an extortionist does. They make the environment seem more dangerous than it is. They sell the dangerous environment 100%…"

"A lot of people spend their time worrying the people around them to death. They spread confusion and upset, while wondering why their victims don’t get ahead. These are small-scale chaos merchants, compared with newspapers, but they are more intimate."


"The chaos merchant doesn’t like calming influences. They threaten his livelihood and survival. On an individual level, a domestic chaos merchant gets upset when his or her victim gets calmer, with exposure to scientology. It is very disconcerting to a chaos merchant to be met with humor, instead of seriousness."

- 6309C10 SHSpec-304 Destimulation of a Case

  1. This article was posted to the newsgroup alt.religion.scientology as part of a particular series.