Reich und die sowjetische Akademie der Wissenschaften

Diethard Sawicki macht in seinem Aufsatz „Das wunderbare Leuchten einer erneuerten Welt. Wilhelm Reichs Bionexperimente und seine Entdeckung der Orgonenergie“ (Wunder. Poetik und Politik des Staunens im 20 Jahrhundert, suhrkamp Taschenbuch) die sehr interessante Beobachtung, daß Reich damals nur in der Stalinistischen Sowjetunion eine Chance gehabt hätte wissenschaftlich zu reüssieren. Amerika und der gesamte Westen wurden von der Rockefeller-Stiftung beherrscht, die ausschließlich eine extrem mechanistische und kostspielige Großforschung finanzierte. Leute wie Reich konnten nur in der Sowjetunion eine Nische finden. Nur hier wurden Lamarckistische, lebensenergetische und im weitesten Sinne „dialektisch-materialistische“ Forschungen unterstützt, insbesondere was das Problem der „Urzeugung“ betraf. Während des Kalten Krieges war ausgerechnet die Sowjetunion, deren Staatsphilosophie ein brutaler Materialismus war, Vorreiter in Sachen parapsychologischer Forschung („Psychotronik“). Von daher war es m.E. alles andere als abwegig, daß Reich den Verdacht hegte, die Sowjetunion würde seine Orgonforschung ausspionieren und alles dafür tun, ihn in den USA zu deskreditieren, während sie selbst sie in der UdSSR nutzte.

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  1. Tzindaro Says:

    In the 1980s, as a result of persistant claims that the Soviet Union was doing cloudbusting and other orgone-related research, I did a sting operation to find out if there was any research going on in the Soviet Union into any aspect of orgonomy.

    I wrote to several scientists in the Soviet Union whose names I obtained from articles published in Soviet science journals, telling them I was working in a field opened up by Wilhelm Reich and had made several important discoveries in that field but was unable to get any funding in America, so I was willing to relocate to the Soviet Union if funding would be made available there to continue my work. I asked if they could tell me if I could get funding there to continue my research.

    I presented myself as a totally apolitical scientist, only interested in my work, and carefully refrained from saying exactly which areas of Reich’s work I was following up or what my important discoveries were. I thought that if any research was being done in the S.U.they would want to know what my discoveries were, since that could possibly help them.

    I received several quite polite answers, but nobody showed any real interest in what my discoveries in this field might be, or even which aspect of orgonomy I was working in. I concluded no Soviet scientists were working in orgonomy, since if there had been, they would have wanted to know about any new discoveries that might help them.

    Later, when the Soviet Union had collapsed and the economy of Russia was at a very low point, formerly secret information was being offered for sale to tourists on street corners in Moscow for a few dollars. Some real military secrets were obtained by Western reporters that way. But no information indicated any interest in orgone energy or anything like it had existed in the Soviet Union.

    One of the key bits of „evidence“ frequently trotted out by right-wing Reichians to show Soviet interest in orgonomy was the alleged defection of William Washington, who was reported seen at a science conference in Poland soon after his absconding from Reich’s employ. But Washington was located and interviewed at his home in Flint, Michigan by the late Jay Mikesell in 1987 and explained that he had never done the work Reich was paying him for and when he was supposed to go up to Orgonon to show Reich the finished motor and had not even started to construct it, he panicked and went home to Chicago, where he told his family that if anyone from Orgonon called they should say they had not heard from him.

    Reich was wrong about there being any Soviet interest in his work, just as he was wrong about the American Air Force being interested. He wanted to think he was considered a respected scientist and could not face rejection as a crackpot. This most likely derives from his childhood need for approval from his father.

    But there was at least some respect for Reich in another area, though not in orgone biophysics. When I visited Cuba in 1992, I met a psychology professor at the University of Havana who was director of a clinic for adolescents. He was trained in East Germany by an associate of Reich and was using Reich’s ideas as a framework of his work with adolescents in Cuba. So, although there was never any interest in Russia in orgone biophysics, Cuba remains the only country to have a government-supported adolescent sex clinic based on Reich’s ideas, though it is likely there were some such clinics in East Germany before the end of the communist era there.

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