Cloudbusting, Reich and UFOs. Steiner, a Borderlands Research old-timer, photographs living “bioforms,” which Constable calls “critters,” that hover in the air and seem to be drawn to cloudbusting operations. Too mystical for my reptilian brain with his references to LSD and invisible forces, but a fascinating account of one man’s journey to understanding basic cosmic realities. FLA
Publisher: Borderland Sciences
Paperback: 488 pages
A former patient and student of Reich’s, Sharaf, having been personally invested in Reich and passionate about Reich’s work since discovering The Function of the Orgasm in 1944, gives us a close look at the complex weave of events, people and ideas that made up Reich’s life. Sharaf provides a detailed account of the private and public conflict which Reich endured until his death in an American federal pen on November 3, 1957, ignored or ridiculed by the public at large. The book covers Reich’s childhood, his years as “Freud’s pet,” his breakup with the Communist party and his expulsion from Viennese psychoanalytic circles in 1934, as well as illustrating Reich’s theoretical innovations in psychology, sociology and science.
The book explains Reich’s theoretical development from genital-centered “orgastic potency” to his discovery of the “orgone” (life energy) in 1940. Reich wished to counteract the murderous form of atomic energy with the life-furthering functions of orgone; this branched into the realization of orgone energy accumulators and rain-making machines by the early 1950s.
Reich’s interest in the ideas of Henri Bergson and Friedrich Nietzsche helped push his ideas on “mental health” beyond “mental” phenomena; his work with low-income laborers in clinics led to many theories on how “exploiters” use sexual repression. Reich’s ideas, an inspiration to the work of people like Deleuze and Guattari, point out how neurosis goes from the personal to the social and back, the body and its sexual potential being the very thing which must be contained since capitalist economies use people as natural resources.
By the time Reich began researching life energy itself, in and around people, his ideas of a conspiracy in the U.S. to persecute and discredit him seemed not so far-fetched. Beginning in 1956, the U.S. Government and the FDA burned his accumulators and publications. He was in jail by the following year. This is an easy, thorough and inspirational read about a fascinating life and some of the most important ideas on humanity and its environment. KH
Publisher: Da Capo
Paperback: 550 pages
Reich sounds off in one of the all-time classics rants. “I am very deeply afraid of you, Little Man. That has not always been so. Imyself was a Little Man, among millions of Little Men. Then Ibecame a natural scientist and a psychiatrist, and Ilearned to see how very sick you are and how dangerous you are in your sickness. I learned to see the fact that it is your own emotional sickness, and not an external power, which, every hour and every minute, suppresses you, even though there may be no external pressure. You would have overcome the tyrants long ago had you been alive inside and healthy. Your oppressors come from your own ranks as in the past they came from the upper strata of society. They are even littler than you are, Little Man. For it takes a good dose of littleness to know your misery from experience and then to use this knowledge to suppress you still better, still harder.”
Paperback: 128 pages
This book is compiled from a series of interviews with Trevor James Constable discussing his work on weather engineering. Constable is best known for his work The Cosmic Pulse of Life. He uses simple geometric apparatuses to supposedly control the weather in such ways as dissipating fog and causing rain. This book could have greatly benefited by including plans for some of the devices and a little bit more scientific explanation of some of the principles involved. MC
Publisher: Borderland Sciences
Paperback: 148 pages
Landmark analysis of fascism in Germany and Russia—everywhere. Reich defines fascism as revolutionary emotions, irrational ideas and actions. This book signed Reich’s death warrant in Germany. Chapters include: “Ideology as a Material Force”; “The Authoritarian Ideology of the Family”; “Racial Purity, Blood Poisoning and Mysticism”; “Deconstruction of the Symbolism of the Swastika”; “Organized Mysticism as an International Anti-Sexual Organization.” FLA
Paperback: 400 pages