Trump setzt die Neurose der „Reichianer“ frei

Als Reich 1939 nach Amerika kam, glaubte er, daß er unter den Linken in Amerika noch den meisten Zuspruch finden würde. Deshalb wählte er beispielsweise Arthur Garfield Hays zu seinem Anwalt, der durch den berühmten „Affen-Prozeß“ in Tennessee 1925 und durch die Verteidigung der beiden Anarchisten Sacco und Vanzetti berühmt geworden war. Um so verbitterter reagierte Reich, als ihm von Seiten der Stalinisten ab etwa 1946 der blanke Haß und Vernichtungswille entgegenschlug (Stichwort Mildred Edie Brady) und sich infolge auch die Trotzkisten von ihm distanzierten, um nicht mit dem Orgon in Zusammenhang gebracht zu werden und so im Kampf gegen die Stalinisten, wegen einer Sache in die Defensive zu geraten, an die sie eh nicht glaubten. So stand in den letzten zehn Jahren von Reichs Leben für ihn fest, daß seine Probleme in Amerika auf eine von „Moskau“ geleitete Verschwörung zurückgingen, er demnach Opfer des Kalten Krieges sei und deshalb von der US-Regierung unterstützt werden müsse, die aber von den Verschwörern manipuliert würde und unterwandert sei.

Von jeher konnten sich die diversen „Reichianer“, angefangen bei Paul Ritter und David Boadella bis hin zu Jerome Greenfield (Autor von USA gegen Wilhelm Reich) kaum wieder einkriegen, wie wahnhaft Reichs Einschätzung doch war und wie lächerlich sich Leute machen würden, die Reich darin in ihrer kultischen Verblendung folgten. Die meisten Orgonomen hielten zu dem Thema eine vornehme Distanz und sagten, daß die von Reich vorgebrachten Beweise sie nicht recht überzeugen würden. Diese Haltung nahm insbesondere Elsworth F. Baker ein.

Die wirkliche Psychopathologie zeigte sich aber erst in den letzten drei Jahren in Zusammenhang mit der vermeintlichen „Rußland-Affäre“ von Donald Trump, für die es schlichtweg keinerlei gerichtsverwertbare Belege (Mueller Report) und ohnehin nicht mal ansatzweise Indizien gibt. Das hinderte praktisch alle „Reichianer“ nicht daran, sich mit Haut und Haaren dieser vollkommen haltlosen Verschwörungstheorie zu verschreiben. Sie haben Reich nie ein Wort geglaubt und konnten sich vor Lachen kaum einkriegen, wenn es vermeintliche Idioten wie unsereins taten, nun folgen sie aber aufgrund ihrer hochpathologischen linksliberalen (pseudoliberalen) Charakterstruktur einer „Moskau-Theorie“, weil es sich um Donald J. Trump handelt, der die „progressive“ Hillary vom Tisch gewischt hatte.

Wie bizarr ihr Wahn und wie abgrundtief ihre Verlogenheit ist, zeigt etwa folgender Kommentar auf Facebook, den der Reichianer Peter Robbins, bekanntgeworden durch seine hochpenible und immer um Ausgewogenheit und Objektivität bemühte UFO-Forschung, verfaßt hat:

Was Putin über Trump hat, sind in der Tat Filme seiner sexuellen Eskapaden, die zweifellos auf jeder Geschäftsreise, die er zuerst 1986 in die Sowjetunion unternahm und auf den Reisen nach Rußland seitdem aufgezeichnet wurden. Wer das Gegenteil glaubt, versteht nicht, wie der KGB früher und seitdem auch unter Putin arbeitete. Einfach ausgedrückt, wird er mit Material erpreßt, das sein zerbrechliches Ego und seine pathologisch narzißtische Persönlichkeit niemals das Tageslicht erblicken lassen darf. So sehr, daß er es weitaus besser findet, Putins Forderungen in allen Angelegenheiten der Machtverlagerung vom amerikanischen Einfluß auf die Russen Folge zu leisten, ohne Rücksicht auf den unglaublichen Schaden, den solche Aktionen auf der Weltbühne anrichten werden. Wie ein Spionageroman, der zum Leben erweckt wird, ist der Präsident der Vereinigten Staaten ein russischer Aktivposten im Weißen Haus, der nach verfassungsrechtlicher Definition des Verrats schuldig ist. Natürlich kann ich diesen Vorwurf nicht nachweisen, aber zumindest für mich ist es die einzige Erklärung, die alle Handlungen und Verhaltensweisen gegenüber Putin und Rußland erklärt, seit er vereidigt wurde. Wenn man das versteht, paßt alles zusammen und macht Sinn. Ich würde alles verwetten, was ich besitze.

Ich wollte, ich wäre in irgendeiner Sache dermaßen sicher! Durch seine persönliche Art (praktisch keine charakterologische Fassade) und durch sein politisches Wirken (Konservatismus, der sich für nichts entschuldigt, sondern ganz im Gegenteil angreift: für Linke ist das schlichtweg „Faschismus“!) sorgt Trump dafür, daß bei Links-Reichianern sämtliche Sicherungen durchschmoren und daß sie ungewollt ihre ganze Lebenslüge bloßstellen.

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7 Antworten to “Trump setzt die Neurose der „Reichianer“ frei”

  1. Robert (Berlin) Says:

    Passend zum Zitat:

    Der tiefe Staat wird ausgehoben: Anhörung belastet Clinton und Obama

  2. Corgo Says:

    Bill Troop, whose father was one of the first generation of American orgonomists and who was raised in a Reichian environment, says that the idea that „Communists“ were behind the media attacks on Reich originated with Wolfe, not Reich, and he recalls as a child seeing Reich and Wolfe getting drunk together and discussing it. He says Wolfe was a serious alcoholic and the whole idea of Communist influence in the media being behind the articles against Reich came out of a bottle.

    From Correspondence With Bill Troop:

    —– Forwarded Message —–
    From: Bill Troop
    To:
    Sent: Saturday, January 11, 2014, 06:03:09 PM CST
    Subject: Re: William Washington.

    That is precisely the kind of thing that happens when co-drinkers collaborate. And Wolfe could drink a bottle of Scotch with no apparent ill-effect. We’re talking serious addiction problems here, in an era where they were not discussed and not well-understood.

    At 11/01/2014 21:29, you wrote:
    I knew about Reich, but not about Wolfe or your father. And I do not really know much about alcoholism in that way. My own father never drank, and as far as I know, nobody else in my family did either.

    But it does explain some of the paranoia in the orgonomic movement if we can assume there were others in the group who were into drinking too. The whole UFO / communist / journalism / medical / scientific / Air Force conspiracy theory is strong evidence that something besides just ordinary influence by the news media was going on in Reich’s mind and the minds of enough of the people around him that it all looked rational to them.

    Wolfe was the one who wrote that pamphlet on the Emotional Plague VS. Orgone Biophysics, and put into print the theory of Brady being a Communist, which otherwise was only a verbal suggestion by Reich. At least I am assuming it was an idea of Reich first, and Wolfe only wrote it for publication, but I could be wrong on that. It is possible Wolfe thought of it first and Reich became convinced of it after hearing it from him.

    Is that possible? Could Reich have been in a symbiotic paranoia relationship with another hard-drinker, Wolfe, and they both re-inforced each other’s thinking on such issues?

    From: Bill Troop
    To:
    Sent: Saturday, January 11, 2014 3:08 PM
    Subject: Re: William Washington.

    Reich drank enough to indulge in domestic violence; Wolfe died of alcoholism; my father had a health crisis in the early 50s when he had to give up addictive substances on doctor’s orders and did. I don’t really know much about the others. But if you know anything about alcoholism and addiction, especially as it affects the middle aged and elderly, it really does help to explain a lot of what was going on – – paranoia, secrecy, irrationality – – these are all known in every alcoholic family.

    At 11/01/2014 19:11, you wrote:
    No, I had no idea. I knew Reich drank, but I never heard anything about the rest of them.

    Please tell me more.

    And PLEASE someday, write up what you know.

    From: Bill Troop
    To:
    Sent: Saturday, January 11, 2014 12:58 PM
    Subject: Re: William Washington.
    There was a lot of additive drinking in the Reich circle. It’s the one secret, apparently, you’ve never penetrated. It is probably the guiltiest secret of the circle, for a variety of reasons.
    At 11/01/2014 18:29, you wrote:
    No. It never ocurred to me. And not only alcohol. Jerome Eden was into drinking several cups of coffee an hour! All day long!! He was also very paranoid. No wonder. That much caffine would be as effective as speed.

    From: Bill Troop
    To:
    Sent: Saturday, January 11, 2014 11:47 AM
    Subject: Re: William Washington.
    , has it ever occurred to you to attempt to discover anything
    about the high levels of alcoholism that existed amongst Reich and
    his circle? That could explain a lot of the baffling irrationality.

    From: Bill Troop
    To:
    Sent: Monday, December 11, 2017 6:10 AM
    Subject: Re: sublimation-according-to-anna-freud

    The article is appalling – – written by a dullard fantasist; the
    comments are scary. These people have no sense of reality at all.
    Reich and his alcoholic delusionialism caused damage that continues
    to this day.
    And yet – – this appears to be the best that the Reichians can offer?

    If you study what happens in dysfunctional families with alcoholism
    present, you will find out all you need to know about Reich and the
    groups that still exist. Just google the terms

    dysfunctional family

    dysfunctional family alcoholism

    dysfunctional family dynamics alcoholism

    And read what little there is to read about Reich’s alcoholism. There
    isn’t much, but it is very telling. And it was true of them all.
    Wolfe died of alcoholism; my father would have but after a heart
    attack, before I was born, he was ordered to abandon alcohol,
    cigarettes, and drugs, and he did. He took two heart medications
    afterwards, until he went seriously macrobiotic, after which he was
    able to dispense with the heart medications. Psychologically, he
    still had plenty of addiction issues.

    Frrom my files:

    Bill Troop
    To:

    Dec 11, 2017 at 10:40 AM

    I’m not the only source. The key (for me) was Ilse. Not everything that she wrote or said is publicly available, but enough is. I entirely forget now how Sharaf dealt with these issues–probably inadequately.

    But nobody likes to discuss advanced alcoholism, least of all Reichians.

    Google alcoholism paranoia

    alcoholism delusion

    One good hit is this:

    https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/289848-overview

    Everything fits together: alcohol is the key to everything that doesn’t quite make sense with Reich. You have created some most ingenious explanations below. In this you have unwittingly played the role of the Enabler.

    Reich’s alcoholism has had far-reaching effects. Much, today, as the alcoholism of Trump’s brother is having effects that reverbrate upon the whole world.

    Sad!

    As Trump would say.

    Dec 11, 2017 at 10:18 AM

    I knew Reich drank, but not that it had so much influence on his thinking. I thought, for example, his paranoia about communism was based on identification with Trotsky and his egotism in expecting the KGB would consider him important enough to go after next. I was under the impression his UFO invasion theory was due to the intense interest in UFOs in the public attention at that time. I thought his belief the U.S. government would protect him was only seeing the government as a father-image as so many refugees did. For example, I wrote:

    Reich’s McCarthy-era paranoid fantasy of communists infiltrating American government agencies was taken directly from the mass media of the time, but he compounded it by thinking he personally was the target of Soviet espionage and that the FDA case against was instigated by communist agents working on direct orders from Moscow. He also thought journalists who disbelieved his work were communist-inspired and directed from Moscow too.

    This ignored the obvious: the FDA has brought similar cases against practioners of other types of alternative medicine, the theory of a previously unknown life energy is so distant from the theories in modern medicine that anyone with medical training will automatically jump to the conclusion is cannot possibly be true, and journalists today, long after there is no more Soviet Union, still publish articles on the theme that Reich, no matter how badly mistreated by the legal system, was wrong about the existence of a life energy.

    Reich had no idea how far he had come from where the medical establishment was. He did not realize how strange and unbelievable his work sounded to them. He could not see how wildly improbable it seemed to the scientific communty, to scientifically-educated journalists, and to the agencies charged with protecting the public from fraudulent medical claims. Instead, he fell for the McCarthyist line that there were Soviet agents in all government agencies, even those, like the FDA, whose province was only to control the drug industry to protect the public from medical fraud, an area that would not be of much concern to an enemy nation as would the diplomatic corps or military forces.

    Try this experiment: talk to a medical doctor without mentioning Reich’s name or using any of his specific terminology, but describe the orgone accumulator and what it is supposed to do. Then ask him if he thinks it would be an effective treatment for a life-threatening condition. Then try it with a physics teachjer from any university, asking if he thinks it would collect a form of energy unknown to science and violate the second law of thermodynamics. Well, you already can guess what answers you would get. So why expect the doctors and scientists of the 1950s to react any differently? And why then is there a need for enemy agents to bring a cxase against a person who was selling such a device to cancer victims?

    Reich thought the motive of the Soviets was to gain a monopoly of his inovative treatment, the accumulator, for their own use while depriving the Americans of it. In the Cold War era not much information was available to the American public on what was going on in the Soviet Union. Today we know for an absolute certainty that there is no medical use of the orgone accumulator in any hospital in Russia. If the Soviet government ever had thought the accumulator was a worthwhile treatment, they apparently never got around to using it.

    Reich compounded his problems several times over by also pùblishing books dealing with sex. If he had not written on that highly-charged and emotional issue and had stuck to less explosive topics in his earlier work, he might have avoided a lot of hostility. In the 50s there was still a lot of puritanism in a degree that seems impossible today, and his getting a reputation for advocating sexual freedom did nothing to help him avoid notoriety.

    And since cancer scares people more than most diseases, he also made himself a target by using cancer as a demonstratiuon model for his theory of systematic breakdown. If he had been writing about a treatment for arthritis, for example, nobody would have bothered to prosecute him. But since it was a cancer treatment, that triggered a reaction from frightened people.

    So instead of jumping on the right-wing bandwagon and claiming the magazine articles critical of his work were written by Soviet agents under orders to discredit him, and that an American government agency responsible for protecting the public from false medical claims was controlled by Soviet agents trying to deprive the American public of his discoveries so the Soviet Union could have a monopoly of their use in treating it’s citizens, he would have done better to have realized that he had gone too far ahead of the times and the reaction he was getting was a normal response to the strangeness of his claims.

    Real conspiracies do exist. But there is a difference between seeing one that is really there and seeing them everywhere without any evidence. The tendency to become convinced of a conspiracy without actual evidence is due to having, as a small child, not ever having found out, at least not in a manner one could process, what Daddy and Mommy were doing in the bedroom with the door closed.

    That childhood experience can cause one, years later, as an adult, to see everything in terms of Big People, doing Something Bad in Secret. The childhood experience gets projected onto other Big People who hold Great Power, usually the government, but also sometimes the Church, a hidden cabal of a distrusted minority group such as Jews or Muslims, or agents of a feared enemy nation.

    The distribution of conspiracy theories is not equal among the population. It is most common on the right of the political spectrum because that is where the most sexual repression is found, so that is where there are more adults who were never able to discover what Daddy and Mommy were doing, or rather, were never able, later, when they reached puberty and should have been able to figure it out, could not assimilate the information and admit that was something Daddy and Mommy would do.

    In recent years, as the feelings of helplessness in the face of authority figures with overwhelming power over the lives of helpless individuals has grown, more and more people are reverting to a childhood state of helplessness and dependency. And along with that revival of early feelings come the conviction that Big People are Up To Something Bad in Secret. One resultr of this reverting to childhood feelings of helplessness against these Big People is to see conspiracies by the Government everywhere.

    But in almost all cases, it is only the particular conspiracies of the usual populist conspiracy-theoory movement that become popular enough for most people to believe them. There are any number of websites about HAARP, Chemtrails, and UFO cover-ups, but none on real, well-documented conspiracies like police cars that carry throw-down guns or FBI agents allowing gangsters like Whitey Bulgar to kill hundreds of people over decades in exchange for information on his competition.

    And it is usually the same people who get interested in the official populist conspiracy theory movement who, if they become interested in orgonomy, fall into the official version of orgonomy, the Communist Agents Were Out To Get Reich version, or one of it’s varients, the Air Force Was Trying To Cover Up The Cloudbuster version, or the CIA Was Trying To Hide Reich’s Discoveries version, or whatever other version fits in with their childhood feelings of some Big People doing Something Bad in Secret.

    To be credible, a claim of a conspiracy must have evidence. and so far, there is no evidence that Reich was ever the victim of anything other than normal law enforcement procedures and died a natural death under the stress of imprisonment.

    May I suggest that one reason for the suspicion that he was murdered held by so many of his following was that they could not bring themselves to admit that their savior, Reich,. could have suffered from a biopathic disease and died of natural causes. They had to consider him perfect and to admit that he was not perfect would have been unbearable to them.

    You open a whole new area of Orgonomic History Studies with your suggestion a lot of these ideas were due to alcoholism. And the drinking issues of so many of the key people around him, supporting and encouraging these ideas is an issue that needs to be explored. But you are the only source for all this. I wish you would write it all up in a systematic presentation.

    I included some of what you said in this item:

    Reich was under a lot of stress about a lot of things. His work was in danger because the injuction had deprived it of funding from accumulator rentals and book sales, his ego must have been crushed by the government he had trusted considering him a crminal, and most of his students and followers had deserted him out of fear that they would lose their hard-won medical licences if they were known to be connected with him.

    Also, a week before he died, Reich had had some disagreement with his daughter, Eva. I do not know what it was about, but he changed his will, appointing his common-law wife, Aurora Karrer Reich, as the trustee of his estate instead of Eva. That will, which was not found among his effects when he died, would have made a lot of difference to the subsequent history of the estate, but the argument with Eva that caused him to change his previous will would certainly have contributed to his stress.

    Reich must also have been feeling unhealthy because he asked his son-in-law, Bill Moise, to bring a cloudbuster down to the vicinity of the prioson to remove DOR from the area to help keep Reich alive. Bill did that operation, and it might have done Reich’s health some good, but to have asked for it, Reich must have felt he was not well and needed such help.

    To be killed in prison, one must be considered important to the people in power. And that was not so of Reich. They considered him a crank, a mentally ill person, or a crook who was defrauding the sick with promises of a cancer cure that could not possibly work.

    The standard reaction of any educated person today, especially any person with any medical or scientific training, is all the proof needed to know what the medical and scientific people would have told their employers if consulted. Any well educated person would think imediately that a wooden box lined with sheet metal cannot cure anything. And if you ask any educated person today about it, and they have never heard of it or of Reich, they will say it is useless, but the ignorant public must be protected from quacks who sell fake cures that prevent people from going to real doctors to get officially approved treatments.

    There is no reason to suppose the drug companies in the 50s were worried that a box lined with sheet metal would put them out of business. There is far more reason to think well-meaning public-spirited people trying to protect what they considered the less informed members of the public from a fraud selling a fake cancer cure were responsible for jailing Reich.

    The highly respected magazine, Consumer Reports had published an article warning the public about this particular fraud. That magazine, and the organization that published it, Consumer’s Union, had a mission to tell their readers what products on the market were safe and effective and which ones were not. In this case, they made a mistake, but it is an understandable one that anyone with conventional medical knowledge would have made.

    And the fact that Reich, who was caught up in the hysterical anti-communist fantasies of the times thought the article was written at the order of the Soviet government is more likely evidence of his drinking too heavily than of Soviet agents being out to destroy his reputation.

    It is known from the biographies published about him that Reich drank a lot, and I have recently been informed by someone in a position to know, that his collaborator, Dr. Theodore Woolfe, was an alcoholic who could drink a whiole bottle of Scotch at a sitting without any noticeable effect, which implies a level of tolerance only possible to a confirmed heavy drinker. And it was Woolfe, not Reich, who first introduced the idea of „Emotional Plague“ and „Communists“ being behind the article by Mildred Brady.

    So my conclusion is that the whole fantasy of communist spies being out to get Reich came out of a bottle.

    It was very unfortunate for Reich that he attracted so much support from intellectuals, artists, novelist, poets, philosophers, and other non-scientists instead of from the medical doctors and scientists as he wanted. The suport of these non-scientists made his work look even more cultish and unscientific than the scientists would have thought it was otherwise. The orgone accumulator was thought of as a fad for beatniks instead of as a medical tool to be evaluated on it’s merits by professional experts. Reich would have been rejected anyway by the experts, of course, because his thinking was too far out of step with theirs, but he was not helped by being additionally considered a beatnik guru.

    If he had been favorably reviewed in Astounding Science Fiction by John W. Campbell, for example, a lot of scientists and engineers would have built accumulators and done experiments with them, more experiments than Reich could afford to do. The Dean Drive got a good write-up from Campbell, and within two years more than 100 readers, mostly engineers, wrote in to say they had built one and tested it. Reich was unlucky in his choice of fans. What he got were mostly useless intellectuals instead of people whose opinions counted for something.

    And as I say, the scientific community would have rejected him anyway, but at least he would have gotten more of a fair chance instead of being dismissed as a fad for people whose opinions do not count.

    Another possibility would have been if he had attracted some rich businessman who saw a chance to make money on the accumulator. The business world does not give a damn about the opinions of scientists if there is money to be made. They will buy favorable scientific reports, bribe editors of scientific journals, give big grants to researchers to discover whatever facts will help them make a profit, and fund Congress to pass the laws they want passed. If Reich had gotten a major drug company on board to market accumulators, they would have become the standard medical treatment regardless of what scientists thought of them. Look at how the business community has sold GM foods despite all the scientific evidence against them. Or look at the Global Warming business, which is contrary to all the scientific facts, but is being marketed successfully because there is so much money in it.

    But Reich had the bad luck to be taken up by intellectual novelists and artists instead of by people who could help him.

    • stephan Says:

      What about the KGB spy Network around Einstein and Oppenheimer?

    • Robert (Berlin) Says:

      @Joal Carlinsky

      It is true that Reich drank a lot, Eva Reich confirmed that in a lecture, but it is obvious that you want to protect the red fascists as left-wing extremists. The Gulag dead are not fabricated by alcoholics.

      • Peter Nasselstein Says:

        Das ganze ist haltloses Geschwätz. Ja, Reich hat viel getrunken, wie alle Immigranten, die in Skandinavien leben mußten. Man denke nur an Willy Brandt. Aber zu schließen „Weinbrandt“ hätte wegen Alkohol mit der Entspannungspolitik begonnen. Einen Krankheitswert nahm das ganze bei Reich erst in den 1950er Jahren an, als seine Isolation und der Druck unerträglich wurden. Ilse Ollendorff beschreibt das. Der Rest ist Klatsch und Tratsch und Wichtigtuerei von Randfiguren.

  3. Corgo Says:

    Bill Troop grew up in a family that was closely associated with Reich. He saw Reich with his own eyes drinking with his father and others in their circle. This is not „gossip“; it is eyewitness testimony from a witness who is still alive and now living in London. Testimony from a witness cannot be ignored in favor of ideology. If Bill Troop says Reich drank too much, Reich drank too much. Period. If some of his later ideas were influenced by alcohol, that is fact and must be considered as fact, regardless of how unpleasant that is to those who want to use those ideas to rationalize their own political positions.

    Reich accomplished some great things. He was a genius. But he had some serious flaws. Drinking was one of them. And if his later day politics was due to his drinking, that says nothing against his accomplishments. And the political positions of people living today should be based on their own observations, not on appeals to the authority of Reich or anyone else. Saying that Reich’s strident anti-communism was caused by drink is not the same as saying communism is good. It is making a historical statement about Reich, not about communism.

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