It is been stated that Lancaster Dodd's character in/as The Master is loosely based on Scientology's founder, L. Ron Hubbard. Both The Cause and Scientology are also pseudo-somethingortheothers. But what are the similarities between the founders and the two organisations?
Wikipedia provides a disappointingly brief comparison:
Upon the release of the script, comparisons between "The Cause" and Scientology were quickly made. The press noted Hoffman's physical resemblance to Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard (1911–1986), who served in the U.S. Navy in World War II and after his release from the hospital founded the belief system in 1950, the same year as the religion in the script. The film ends in England, at roughly the same time Saint Hill Manor became Hubbard's residence and the first Scientology "org".
But there are a number of other similarities that I noticed. The year 1950, for example, is around the time that Scientology was founded and is also the setting for The Master. Dodd is seen travelling in a yacht. Hubbard did so too. The Cause has processing. Scientology has auditing.
So, what are the other similarities between the two organisations and their founders?