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You know why Dr. Reich appeared paranoid is because know it alls
like the previous reviewer believes he was paranoid etc. No Dr. Reich was not insane. The authorities that took his books out of our libraries and burnt them are the ones that you should be cursing. Have you not heard of prana,
chi and countless other terms for energy? All Dr. Reich did
was name it orgone. So why this is differnt is because
he taught people how to unlock energy in your own body.. and quantified energy in scientic repeatable experiments. Obviously the previous reviewer never learned how to see energy as feelings, because if he had he would be saying what a Da Vinci Dr. Reich was.
Dr. Reich's books are fascinating insights into the development
of a Doctor who actually began the mind body revolution. His writing is upsettingly clear. Do not mistake his honesty for your own fear.
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As a maker and student of orgonite technology let me assure the doubters that orgone energy is very real, and is likely one of the greatest discoveries in human history. No amount of intellectualizing or pontificating will ever convince anyone of its reality. It must be experienced and felt in order to be understood. As a force of nature it is extremely sweet and compelling and will change the lives of all who come under its sway. Modern orgonite is the way to come to it and experience it. Orgonite is easily available and cheap to make yourself if you so desire. It is laughably simple to create. I consider it to be one of the greatest of cosmic jokes or smiles. Nothing is quite so directly liberating as orgone energy. It transforms and revolutionizes the people who feel it.
Wilhelm Reich was many things in his lifetime- a student of Freud, a political activist, a research scientist, and an inventor. His work was decades ahead of its time and is finally being rediscovered and reevaluated by the public. If, like me, you are interested in Reich and his work, you might want to check out a novel called We All Fall Down, by Brian Caldwell. it draws heavily on Reich's theories, particularly Listen Little Man and The Mass Psychology Of Facism. It's a great introduction to Reich's work and the entire novel draws heavily on his theory. It's very interesting watching an author explore his theories in a fictional setting. Well worth reading.
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People in Trouble is the second volume of "The Emotional Plague of Mankind", by Wilhelm Reich. Eloquent and well written, it thankfully has very little in common with the first volume, The Murder of Christ, which is full of incoherent ranting. It describes the circumstances in which several of Reich's books (Character Analysis, The Mass Psychology of Fascism, The Invasion of Compulsory Sex-Morality, and The Sexual Revolution) were written and published, as well as Reich's impressions of people such as Erich Fromm, Otto Fenichel, and Edmund Bergler.
Whether obviously or not, People in Trouble is one of the most important documents of the 20th century. Anyone who wants to understand the most influential ideas of the last century should read it. Reich was one of the main, if not the sole, inventors of the myth that Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud were parallel thinkers, an extremely common idea that continues to distort popular and academic understanding of both men. Reich, whatever his other merits may have been, was no intellectual historian, and his success in almost single-handedly convincing the world that Freud's discoveries were comparable to those of Marx was an extraordinary accomplishment, albeit of a profoundly negative kind.
Reich writes that, after studying Marx's Capital in 1927, he realized that "Marx signified for economics what Freud had meant for psychiatry." Reich might have been right if instead of "Freud" he had written "Charcot." Jean-Martin Charcot (1825 - 1893), Freud's teacher, was a close contemporary of Marx (1818 - 1883), and if one could plausibly nominate any person as having the same significance for psychiatry that Marx had for economics, that person would be Charcot, not Freud.Read more ›
After the victory of Hitler, after the stalinists who had expelled Reich from the German Communist party for "Trotskyism," demonstrated their counter revolutionary nature in Spain and in Stalin's conservative social polices, and in the purgers, Reich gave up on the idea of world revolution to vanguish the patrichiarchal pathology producing sexual conservatism of imperialist society that he discusses in detail in this book. Instead, his ideas became filled with his spurious theory of "orgone" until it became a paranoid obession, one that made it easy work for a witch-hunting US government to frame the great man up, imprison him, and burn and ban his books.
This was written before all that happened. There are two kinds of materials here. First we have Reichs own simply worded modestly picture and accurate autobiography and writing about his youth and how he came into the world of pyschology. Secondly, we have his memoirs of his work among Austrian workers, and finally we have some memoir and writing about his struggle for sexual freedom in Germany and against Hitler.
If you have been turned off by the meglomania and paranoia of his later works, and saddened by how many of his earlier scientific and political works were reedited in the 1950s to include much mumbo jumbo about orgone or about the joint Stalin/Freud conspiracy against Reich, you will find this book a refreshing alternative, a picture of the real strength and greatness of Reich, as well as much closer to the real root of his greatness. Rather than having an extra amount of orgone energy perhaps due to an affair between his mother and a space alien as the insane late Reich suggested, Reich's greatness came from his being able to combine two great currents.Read more ›
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