Its my view that Erhard and Kiyoscamu just wanted to use some of Bucky's "credibility" to give themselves some legitimacy.
Bucky worked with countless hundreds of people.
Its also seems reasonable to me that Bucky was fairly naive in certain ways, and Erhard would have found it easy to play with him in the short-term.
I can tell you, after reading most of Bucky's books, dozens of them over the years, that his vision is NOTHING like that of Erhard, or Kiyoscamu.
Obviously Bucky was not a saint, and had some crackpot ideas. But he also had a cool poetic way of writing and speaking, and i would say that most people have no idea of what he was talking about.
To me, he was a type of Technological Utopian. His work was NOT about "personal development". His idea was trying to make the world a better place by using technology.
His reputation reminds me of Marshall McCluhan, or Wittgenstein.
Everyone talked about it, but no one read his actual books in detail!
Actually, Bucky said many times that the way to save the world was through "self-regenerative" technology, what is now called "green technology". But that is a misnomer, as Bucky would not refer to "green" as "natural", but just what evolution has produced in this area of Universe. (he would not say "the universe" as that takes the observer out of the universe).
He also didn't use the terms "up" or "down" as there is no such thing in Universe.
Also, "Generalized Principles" from Bucky were what are called Laws of Nature. Gravity, the speed of light, etc.
The reason i say all this is that he literally deconstructed the way humans think about reality in hundreds of ways, and could tell a hellava great story.
One of the reason Bucky was popular is that all of the Stoners could listen to him and go..."wow...man....deep...mind blowing...".
What these people have done is taken some of his ideas, and just twisted them around. To me Bucky is similar to McCluhan in that sense.
Here is a transcription of a lecture series Bucky gave called "Everything I Know".
The only thing i know is that 99% of people could never make it through the first 5 minutes of reading, never mind the 10 hours of reading it would take to read this lecture!
In my view, Bucky has nothing to do with these clowns.
The guy was an engineer and architect, and a type of crazy "genius", and just an interesting creative guy out there doing his visionary thing.
Tons of people latched onto him.
Look at all of the crackpot newagers who use Einstein's name in vain. Its common practice.
I have even copied some of Bucky's writing techniques, but they were all done long before by James Joyce.