Dec 12, 2019
“Baked and Awake Podcast
Dr Wilhelm Reich- Orgone Energy, Cloudbusters, and The Sexual Revolution
Mar 24, 1897, Dobzau, Austria-Hungary (present day Ukraine) So, we must point out that he was not German, was in fact Jewish, and was NOT associated with or sympathetic towards the National Socialists aka Nazi’s at all.
Nov 3, 1957, United States Penitentiary, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, United States
“I am well aware of the fact that the human race has known about the existence of a universal energy related to life for many ages. However, the basic task of natural science consists of making this energy usable. This is the sole difference between my work and all preceding knowledge” -Wilhelm Reich
“It is sexual energy which governs the structure of human feeling and thinking” – from The Sexual Revolution
Hosts disclaimer: this is a most basic of overview of the life and work of Wilhelm Reich. Reich himself wrote dozens of books, many of which have been “lost” to history but others have survived, including “The Purpose of the Orgasm”, as well as a treatise on the relationship between neurosis in humans and the rise of Fascism, called “Sex-Pol”. But perhaps his most famous general audience book is “The Sexual Revolution”. You may have heard of that last one at least insofar as the titular phrase was indeed a sort of battle cry for the Beatnik and later Hippie Generations who ardently embraced, at least for a time- the “Free Love” lifestyle and culture that ended in the late 1970’s with the natural aging of those people coinciding with the terrible and little understood new disease, still unnamed, but suspected to be sexually transmitted that we know today of course as the scourge that is AIDS. My point here is that there have been dozens of books written about Reich, both lauding him and condemning him, documentaries abound all over the internet. This is probably the 500th podcast to cover Wilhelm Reich- heck, I listened to some myself just researching the material I’m talking to you about today! (Shoutout Bones and Tubs Podcast for their own, probably more concise treatment of this subject- link in the show notes please give them a listen today!) In conclusion of this disclaimer- consider this podcast as your invitation, the best one I could create for you- to investigate further on your own. This guy is super interesting, weird, and not a little off putting. Some people probably don’t need to go any further than this show and a few might not even want to listen any further at all.
Trigger warning- Reich’s life story includes experiences of sexual impropriety within his own family both during his childhood and as a Husband and Father. I understand if anyone who has been a victim of sexual assault, sexual abuse, or other traumatic injuries, especially by family members- does not want to listen further today. Please skip this show and I wish for your continued peace, healing, and safety. I of course hope earnestly that you will also return. We won’t stay on this for overly long, I promise.
“The discovery of Orgone energy was made through consistent thorough study of energy functions, first in the realm of the psyche, and later in the realm of biological functioning“ -WR
Citation: “DescriptionOedipus was a mythical Greek king of Thebes. A tragic hero in Greek mythology, Oedipus accidentally fulfilled a prophecy that he would end up killing his father and marrying his mother, thereby bringing disaster to his city and family. Wikipedia”
“ our mysterious “something“ does not appear to be ordinary electricity or ordinary magnetism “ -wr
I am sitting in a completely empty apartment waiting for my American visa. I have misgivings as to how it will go. ... I am utterly and horribly alone! -wr
It will be quite an undertaking to carry on all the work in America. Essentially, I am a great man, a rarity, as it were. I can't quite believe it myself, however, and that is why I struggle against playing the role of a great man. -wr
“My factual position in the case as well as in the world of science of today does not permit me to enter the case against the Food and Drug Administration, since such action would, in my mind, imply admission of the authority of this special branch of the government to pass judgment on primordial, pre-atomic cosmic orgone energy. I, therefore, rest the case in full confidence in your hands.” -wr
2011 Guardian Article on Reich by Christopher Turner, attribution
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