Wednesday, September 3, 2014


HE believed that the world would be a far better place if world leaders spent less time making war ... and more time having orgasms.

In fact, Viennese psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich believed the world would be a far better place if we all spent more time having orgasms.

He worked with Freud until they had a falling-out over what Freud derisively called "Reich's seminal obsession."

He was hounded by the Nazis after he called them "sexually repressed latent homosexuals."

The Communists like him until he said they were no better than the Nazis ... and called them "Red Fascists."

The Ancient Egyptians believed the cosmos came into existence with a lone creator masturbated and ejaculated into his mouth ... to utter the magical spell which brought everything else into being. 

"In the Beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God," is how it came to be transliterated into the Bible.

The Obelisk of Antinous, which was commissioned by Hadrian and which stands in a hilltop park in Rome, is inscribed with Egyptian hieroglyphs which state that Antinous "can assume any form his heart desires ... for the Semen of the First God TRULY is in his body."

Reich called this seminal force "orgone" ... a term he coined from "organic" and "orgasm." 

He believed that if we could just harness this force, humans could transform not only ourselves but also the world in which we live.

He built orgone accumulators similar to Faraday cages and put patients inside them and zapped them with electricity which caused their hair to stand on end.

In the early 1950s he was among the first to warn of climate change and desertification, brought about (he claimed) by an imbalance in orgone forces.

On a remote hilltop farm in northern Maine which he called "Orgonon," he built machines which could harness and focus "Cosmic Orgone Energy."

These "cloudbusters," as he called them could produce rain. 

And in 1953, he was hired by Maine farmers to end a drought ... and there was indeed a cloudburst after he demonstrated his cloudbuster.

But the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sensed quackery. FDA agents raided his laboratory unannounced and hauled him off to jail kicking and screaming and calling them "Red Fascists."

His books were burned ... six tons of his books, journals and papers were burned at the New York City incinerator.

The FDA ordered the destruction of the cloudbusters. But amid an outcry over the book burnings, FDA agents were not allowed to bust up the cloudbusters themselves.

Instead, Reich's friends and his small son Peter were ordered to chop them up with axes as federal agents watched.

He was in federal prison hoping for a presidential pardon when he died of a sudden heart attack in November 1957.

Peter's autobiography entitled the "Book Of Dreams" formed the basis for an acclaimed 1980s music video in which Kate Bush is young Peter and Donald Sutherland is Wilhelm Reich. 

The video, conceived by Terry Gilliam and directed by Julian Doyle included a "cloudbuster" built by set designers who had worked on "Alien."

In his last letter to 13-year-old Peter from his prison cell, written just days before his death, Reich said he wept often and encouraged his son to weep openly ... "for tears soften the soul" and help to release pent-up orgasmic energy.

In this brilliant video, Kate Bush makes it a song of consolation and power, in which rain is not a symbol of sadness ... but rather of cleansing and hope.

The result is one of the most hypnotic and thought-provoking videos of the 1980s ... in which a child discovers the treachery of adults ... grieves over the loss of innocence and the loss of a father ... and learns to harness the seminal power of the cosmos:

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