posted on May, 30 2008 @ 06:30 PM
I've read Reich's "The Mass Psychology of Fascism" -- it is very very insightful! It describes how the Nazis used symbols, ritual, and
psychological techniques when creating their fascist system. The techniques described can be seen today, in nationalistic propaganda throughout the
world. His descriptions of how both animal instinct (sexuality, violence, etc.) and proto-intellectual symbolism (archetype and myth) can be
deliberately harnessed is first rate.
Then there's orgone. I'll agree with the previous posters about the 'bunkiness' of that portion of his work, from what I've read of it.
Why the change? Did he simply take his symbolic extrapolations too far (as Jung avoided doing)? Or is the explanation more nefarious?
I've heard that early versions of his 'Mass Psychology' don't mention orgone at all; that was added to later editions, such as those available
today. I wonder what else was changed. In my opinion, the 'loopiness' of 'orgonic sex-energy' only serves to discredit his work.
Considering his work, research notes, correspondence, etc., were confiscated, deliberately discredited, or simply burned in bonfires in multiple
countries, it's not too much of a stretch to wonder if he was forced to 'fringify' his work, or if any of it was rewritten to further discredit