Most reasonable people have wondered how could it be that something as crazy as the Church of Scientology got as big as it has. What made L. Ron Hubbard think he could successfully pull off such a preposterous scam as founding a religion involving aliens and the like and get lots of people to give their money, time, and lives to it?
Similarly, many of us have wondered what the appeal Ayn Rand’s bizarre philosophy is and how it too could grab the imagination of so many.
How did the founders of these two movement come up with these ideas and the belief that such scams could ever succeed? Cracked has a short video that reveals all.
(Via Mark Frauenfelder.)