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Reich (rìk, rìKH),
Austrian psychoanalyst who theorized that sexual repression is the source of many psychological and social problems.
The pleasure of living and
the pleasure of the orgasm are identical. Extreme orgasm anxiety forms
the basis of the general fear of life.
Wilhelm Reich (1897-1957), Austrian-born U.S. psychoanalyst, biophysicist. The Function of the Orgasm, ch. 5, sct. 4 (1927; tr. 1942).
Reich, Wilhelm, 1897-1957, Austrian psychiatrist and biophysicist. He broke with FREUD, fled Nazi Germany, and later settled in New York City. He emphasized the importance of sexual fulfillment for personal well-being. Later, he argued that sexual success depended partly on orgone energy. The orgone box, a device he invented to restore energy, was declared a fraud by the Food and Drug Administration. He died in prison while serving a two-year sentence for contempt of court and violation of the Food and Drug Act. He became a hero of student radicals of the 1960s, with their motto "make love, not war."
Wilhelm Reich was driven half mad
& killed by agents of the Emotional Plague; maybe half his work derived
from sheer paranoia (UFOconspiracies,
homophobia, even his orgasm theory), BUT on one point we agree wholeheartedly
- sexpol: sexual repression breeds death obsession, which leads to bad
politics. A great deal of avant-garde Art is saturated with Deadly Orgone
Rays (DOR). Ontological Anarchy aims to build aesthetic cloud-busters
(OR-guns) to disperse the miasma of cerebral sado-masochism which now passes
for slick, hip, new, fashionable. Sefl-mutilating "performance" artists
strike us as banal & stupid - their art makes everyone more unhappy.
What kind of two-bit conniving horseshit... what kind of cockroach-brained Art
creeps cooked up this apocalypse stew?
- Hakim Bey - _TAZ_
"My medical experience has taught me that adolescents who are sexually sick have an unhealthy appreciation of the legend of Jesus."
-- Wilhelm Reich - _The Mass Psychology of Fascism_
first mention of Wilhelm Reich on Usenet:
From: Doug Alan (nessus@mit-eddie.UUCP)
Subject: Donald Sutherland stars in new Kate Bush video!
Date: 1985-10-16 04:45:32 PST
Kate Bush has just released in England a new single, "Cloudbusting", and has made a seven minute promotional video for it. Donald Sutherland plays the part of Wilhelm Reich and Kate Bush plays his son Peter Reich. (Gee, does it sound like KB has a big budget these days?) Someone I know who's not particularly a Kate Bush fan and lives in England saw it and told me it is really excellent. Think Empty-V will show it? Damn, I wish I lived in England, sometimes....
"But just saying it could even make it happen"
nessus@mit-eddie.UUCP (or ARPA)