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Wilhelm Reich

Geburtstag: 24. März 1897
Todesdatum: 3. November 1957

Wilhelm Reich war ein österreichisch-US-amerikanischer Arzt, Psychiater, Psychoanalytiker, Sexualforscher und Soziologe. Reich fand Zusammenhänge zwischen psychischen und muskulären Panzerungen und entwickelte die Therapiemethode der Psychoanalyse zur Charakteranalyse und diese zur Vegetotherapie weiter. Letztere gilt als Grundlage für verschiedene später begründete Körperpsychotherapien.

Seine parallel dazu durchgeführten mikrobiologischen Forschungen führten ihn zur „Entdeckung des Orgons“, einer „primordialen“ Energie, deren Existenz außerhalb von Reichs Schülerkreis nicht anerkannt wurde und auch heute nicht anerkannt wird.

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„DAS GRUNDSÄTZLICHE AUSWEICHEN VOR DEM WESENTLICHEN ist das Problem des Menschen.“

—  Wilhelm Reich

Christusmord, Übers. aus dem Englischen von Bernd A. Laska. Olten und Freiburg/Br.: Walter-Verlag 1978 (Engl. Orig.: The Murder of Christ, Orgone Institute Press, Rangeley ME/USA 1953)
"It is the BASIC EVASION OF THE ESSENTIAL which is the problem of man." - The Murder of Christ - The Emotional Plague of Mankind. Noonday Press, 1966. p. 4 books.google http://books.google.de/books?id=SebYAAAAMAAJ&q=essential

„Der Faschismus wird auch heute noch, infolge des politischen Fehldenkens, als eine spezifische Nationaleigenschaft der Deutschen oder der Japaner aufgefaßt. […] Der Faschismus ist eine internationale Erscheinung, die sämtliche Körperschaften der menschlichen Gesellschaft aller Nationen durchsetzt.“

—  Wilhelm Reich, buch Die Massenpsychologie des Faschismus

Vorwort zur revidierten Neuauflage, die zunächst 1945 in englischer Übersetzung unter dem Titel "The Mass Psychology of Fascism" erschien, zitiert nach der deutschen Ausgabe "Die Massenpsychologie des Faschismus", Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Köln 1971, S. 15.

„Das Lebendige beansprucht nicht Macht, sondern Geltung im menschlichen Leben. Es ruht auf den drei Pfeilern der Liebe, der Arbeit und des Wissens.“

—  Wilhelm Reich

Rede an den kleinen Mann, Fischer Taschenbuch 6777, Frankfurt/M., Juni 1984, S. 11 (Deutsche Erstausgabe; zuerst ersch. in engl. Übersetzung: Listen Little Man, New York: Orgone Institute Press 1948)
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"Liebe, Arbeit und Wissen sind die Quellen unseres Daseins. Sie sollen es auch regieren." - Motto auf dem Vorsatzblatt der meisten deutschen Ausgaben von Reichs Büchern, die ab 1966 ("Die Sexuelle Revolution". Europäische Verlagsanstalt, Frankfurt/M.) erschienen. Erstmals gedruckt in englischer Sprache in "The Function of the Orgasm", Orgone Institute Press, New York 1942.
Love, work and knowledge are the well-springs of our life. They should also govern it." - books.google http://books.google.de/books?id=azIEAQAAIAAJ&q=well-springs

„Ich bin dein Arzt, und da du diesen Planeten bevölkerst, bin ich ein planetarer Arzt; ich bin kein Deutscher, kein Jude, kein Christ, kein Italiener, sondern Bürger der Erde</em“

—  Wilhelm Reich

Rede an den kleinen Mann, Fischer Taschenbuch 6777, Frankfurt/M., Juni 1984, S. 79 (Deutsche Erstausgabe; zuerst ersch. in engl. Übersetzung: "Listen Little Man", New York: Orgone Institute Press 1948 )

„Die Sexualwissenschaft ist [ … ] politisch und links, ob sie will oder nicht.“

—  Wilhelm Reich

November 1935) — Die Sexualität im Kulturkampf, Kopenhagen: Sexpol-Verlag 1936, Vorwort, S. XVI

„Liebe, Arbeit und Wissen sind die Quellen unseres Daseins. Sie sollen es auch regieren.“

—  Wilhelm Reich, buch Die Sexualität im Kulturkampf

Motto auf dem Vorsatzblatt der meisten deutschen Ausgaben von Reichs Büchern, die 1966 und später erschienen, zitiert in "Die Sexuelle Revolution". Fischer Taschenbuch, Frankfurt/M 1999, 15. Auflage, ISBN 3-596-26749-8, S. 7, erstmals veröffentlicht in "Die Funktion des Orgasmus" 1927
Variante: Liebe, Arbeit und Wissen sind die Quellen unseres Lebens. Sie sollen es auch regieren.

„In this strictly Marxist sense, the capitalistic system continues to exist in Russia. And it will continue to exist as long as the masses of people continue to lack responsibility and to crave authority.“

—  Wilhelm Reich, buch Die Massenpsychologie des Faschismus

Preface to the Third Edition (August 1942)
The Mass Psychology of Fascism (1933)
Kontext: In the strictly Marxist sense, there is not even in Soviet Russia a state socialism but a state capitalism. According to Marx, the social condition "capitalism" does not consist in the existence of individual capitalists, but in the existence of the specific "capitalist mode of production", that is, in the production of exchange values instead of use values, in wage work of the masses and in the production of surplus value, which is appropriated by the state or the private owners, and not by the society of working people. In this strictly Marxist sense, the capitalistic system continues to exist in Russia. And it will continue to exist as long as the masses of people continue to lack responsibility and to crave authority.

„The great man, at one time, also was a very little man, but he developed one important ability: he learned to see where he was small in his thinking, and actions.“

—  Wilhelm Reich, buch Listen, Little Man!

Listen, Little Man! (1948)
Kontext: You are different from the really great man in only one thing: The great man, at one time, also was a very little man, but he developed one important ability: he learned to see where he was small in his thinking, and actions. Under the pressure of some task which was dear to him he learned better and better to sense the threat that comes from his smallness and pettiness. The great man, then, knows when and in what he is a little man.

„Your life will be good and secure when aliveness will mean more to you than security; love more than money; your freedom more than party line or public opinion“

—  Wilhelm Reich, buch Listen, Little Man!

Listen, Little Man! (1948)
Kontext: You beg for happiness in life, but security is more important to you, even if it costs you your spine or your life. Your life will be good and secure when aliveness will mean more to you than security; love more than money; your freedom more than party line or public opinion; when your thinking will be in harmony with your feelings; when the teachers of your children will be better paid than the politicians; when you will have more respect for the love between man and woman than for a marriage license.

„You dare not think that you ever might experience your self differently: free instead of cowed; open instead of tactical; loving openly instead of like a thief in the night.“

—  Wilhelm Reich, buch Listen, Little Man!

Listen, Little Man! (1948)
Kontext: "What right do you have to tell me things?" I can see this question in your apprehensive look. I hear this question from your impertinent mouth, Little Man. You are afraid to look at yourself, you are afraid of criticism, Little Man, just as you are afraid of the power they promise you. You would not know how to use this power. You dare not think that you ever might experience your self differently: free instead of cowed; open instead of tactical; loving openly instead of like a thief in the night. You despise yourself Little Man. You say: "Who am I to have an opinion of my own, to determine my own life and to declare the world to be mine?" You are right: Who are you to make a claim to your life?

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„If "freedom" means, first of all, the responsibility of every individual for the rational determination of his own personal, professional and social existence, then there is no greater fear than that of the establishment of general freedom.“

—  Wilhelm Reich, buch Die Massenpsychologie des Faschismus

Section 2 : The Biological Miscalculation in the Human Struggle for Freedom
The Mass Psychology of Fascism (1933), Ch. 10 : Work Democracy
Kontext: If "freedom" means, first of all, the responsibility of every individual for the rational determination of his own personal, professional and social existence, then there is no greater fear than that of the establishment of general freedom. Without a thoroughgoing solution of this problem there never will be a peace lasting longer than one or two generations. To solve this problem on a social scale, it will take more thinking, more honesty and decency, more conscientiousness, more economic, social and educational changes in social mass living than all the efforts made in previous and future wars and post-war reconstruction programs taken together.

„It remains to be seen what part politics will play in the eradication of the political emotional plague and what part the consciously organized functions of love, work and knowledge.“

—  Wilhelm Reich, buch Die Massenpsychologie des Faschismus

Section 3 : Work Democracy versus Politics. The Natural Social Forces for the Mastery of the Emotional Plague.
The Mass Psychology of Fascism (1933), Ch. 10 : Work Democracy
Kontext: For a decade, the politics of the European dictators was unrivalled. In order to comprehend the essence of politics, one only has to remember that it was a Hitler who, for many years, was able to keep the world breathless. Hitler as a political genius was a magnificent unmasking of the essence of politics in general. With Hitler, politics reached the peak of its development. We know what were its fruits and what was the reaction of the world. In brief, I believe that the twentieth century, with its gigantic catastrophes, ushers in a new social era, an era free of politics. It remains to be seen what part politics will play in the eradication of the political emotional plague and what part the consciously organized functions of love, work and knowledge.

„In its pure form, fascism is the sum total of all irrational reactions of the average human character.“

—  Wilhelm Reich, buch Die Massenpsychologie des Faschismus

Preface to the Third Edition (August 1942)<!---->
The Mass Psychology of Fascism (1933)
Kontext: In its pure form, fascism is the sum total of all irrational reactions of the average human character. To the narrow-minded sociologist who lacks the courage to recognize the enormous role played by the irrational in human history, the fascist race theory appears as nothing but an imperialistic interest or even a mere "prejudice." The violence and the ubiquity of these "race prejudices" show their origin from the irrational part of the human character. The race theory is not a creation of fascism. No: fascism is a creation of race hatred and its politically organized expression. Correspondingly, there is a German, Italian, Spanish, Anglo-Saxon, Jewish and Arabian fascism.

„In the strictly Marxist sense, there is not even in Soviet Russia a state socialism but a state capitalism.“

—  Wilhelm Reich, buch Die Massenpsychologie des Faschismus

Preface to the Third Edition (August 1942)
The Mass Psychology of Fascism (1933)
Kontext: In the strictly Marxist sense, there is not even in Soviet Russia a state socialism but a state capitalism. According to Marx, the social condition "capitalism" does not consist in the existence of individual capitalists, but in the existence of the specific "capitalist mode of production", that is, in the production of exchange values instead of use values, in wage work of the masses and in the production of surplus value, which is appropriated by the state or the private owners, and not by the society of working people. In this strictly Marxist sense, the capitalistic system continues to exist in Russia. And it will continue to exist as long as the masses of people continue to lack responsibility and to crave authority.

„On March 20, 1956, 10 P.M. a thought of a very remote possibility entered my mind, which I fear will never leave me again.“

—  Wilhelm Reich

Contact with Space (1957)
Kontext: On March 20, 1956, 10 P. M. a thought of a very remote possibility entered my mind, which I fear will never leave me again. Am I a spaceman? Do I belong to a new race on earth, bred by men from outer space in embraces with earth women? Are my children offspring of the first interplanetary race? Has the melting-pot of interplanetary society already been created on our own planet, as the melting-pot of all earth nations was established in the U. S. A. 190 years ago? … What inspired this thought? It was seeing the science-fiction film The Day the Earth Stood Still, about a spaceman who comes to Earth in a flying saucer to save us from self-destruction in a nuclear war. … All through the film I had a distinct impression that it was a bit of "my story" which was depicted there, even the actor's expressions and looks reminded me and others of myself as I had appeared 15 to 20 years ago.

„Under the influence of politicians, masses of people tend to ascribe the responsibility for wars to those who wield power at any given time.“

—  Wilhelm Reich, buch Die Massenpsychologie des Faschismus

Section 3 : Work Democracy versus Politics. The Natural Social Forces for the Mastery of the Emotional Plague;
Variant translation: Under the influence of politicos, the masses blame the powers that be for wars. In the first world war it was the munition magnates, in the second the Psychopath General. This is shifting the responsibility. The blame for the war belongs only and alone to the same masses of people who have all the means of preventing wars. The same masses of people who — partly through indolent passivity, partly through their active behavior — make possible the catastrophes from which they themselves suffer most horribly. To emphasize this fault of the masses, to give them the full responsibility, means taking them seriously. On the other hand, to pity the masses as a poor victim means treating them like a helpless child. The first is the attitude of the genuine fighter for freedom, the latter is the attitude of the politico.
The Mass Psychology of Fascism (1933), Ch. 10 : Work Democracy
Kontext: Under the influence of politicians, masses of people tend to ascribe the responsibility for wars to those who wield power at any given time. In World War I it was the munitions industrialists; in World War II it was the psychopathic generals who were said to be guilty. This is passing the buck. The responsibility for war falls solely upon the shoulders of these same masses of people, for they have all the necessary means to avert war in their own hands. In part by their apathy, in part by their passivity, and in part actively, these masses of people make possible the catastrophes under which they themselves suffer more than anybody else. To stress this guilt on the part of masses of people, to hold them solely responsible, means to take them seriously. On the other hand, to commiserate masses of people as victims, means to treat them as small, helpless children. The former is the attitude held by genuine freedom-fighters; the latter the attitude held by the power-thirsty politicians.

„I tell you: "Only you yourself can be your liberator!"“

—  Wilhelm Reich, buch Listen, Little Man!

"Pope Gregory the Twenty Eighth" may be an error, or may be a satirization of the Roman Catholic Church as both an eternal oppressor and scapegoat for oppressors; there are as yet only 16 Popes who have been named Gregory.
Listen, Little Man! (1948)
Kontext: Your liberators tell you that that your suppressors are Wilhelm, Nikolaus, Pope Gregory the Twenty Eighth, Morgan, Krupp or Ford. And your "liberators" are called Mussolini, Napoleon, Hitler and Stalin.
I tell you: "Only you yourself can be your liberator!"

„What you worship in the Christ child, you poor little marriage-ridden man, is your own yearning for sexual freedom!“

—  Wilhelm Reich, buch Listen, Little Man!

Listen, Little Man! (1948)
Kontext: You worship the Christ child. The Christ child was born of a mother who had no marriage certificate. What you worship in the Christ child, you poor little marriage-ridden man, is your own yearning for sexual freedom!

„The Little Man does not know that he is little, and he is afraid of knowing it. He covers up his smallness and narrowness with illusions of strength and greatness, of others' strength and greatness.“

—  Wilhelm Reich, buch Listen, Little Man!

Listen, Little Man! (1948)
Kontext: The Little Man does not know that he is little, and he is afraid of knowing it. He covers up his smallness and narrowness with illusions of strength and greatness, of others' strength and greatness. He is proud of his great generals but not proud of himself. He admires thought which he did not have and not the thought he did have. He believes in things all the more thoroughly the less he comprehends them, and does not believe in the correctness of those ideas which he comprehends most easily.

„You are Great, Little Man, when you are not small and petty.“

—  Wilhelm Reich, buch Listen, Little Man!

Listen, Little Man! (1948)
Kontext: You are Great, Little Man, when you are not small and petty. You are great when you carry on your trade lovingly, when you enjoy carving and building and painting and decorating and sowing, when you enjoy the blue sky and the deer and the dew and music and dancing, your growing children and the beautiful body of your woman or your man, when you learn to understand and think about life.

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

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