More Lies About Wilhelm Reich — This time from the Right-Wing

The following Comment Letter was sent to the online news outlets, Canada Free Press and The Examiner, in reply to a recent slander of Wilhelm Reich by conservative commentator Douglas Gibbs. The article contains a small pile of quite malicious errors, mis-attributing to Reich the authorship of a book he did not write nor contribute to, claiming once again that he was “a member of the Frankfurt Group”, and attributing to him an ugly little quotation which was so off from his thinking that it was fully impossible that he could have written it. With a simple internet search, I actually found the original quote, repeated below, in the “Manifesto” of the insane Norwegian mass-murderer, Anders Breivik! The article mis-attributes the words of an insane child-murderer to Wilhelm Reich, a man who devoted his life to defending children!

When informed of the problems in the article, both the author and the editors at these "alternative media" outlets just ignored my comments, either deleting or burying them into a comment section, and nothing was changed in the article itself, which continues now to be re-quoted by others. I am therefore making the matter public, and encourage others who have the time to make their own efforts to write to those two media outlets, via the weblinks below.

It also underscores another issue I’ve spoken about previously, that the "alternatives media" (right-wing, left-wing, “populist” or whatever) has its own share of truth-benders, gossipers and angry scribblers, quite happy to lie and slander, and then try to cover-up when caught doing it, being no better in this regard than the "mainstream media".

J.D.

Regarding the article "Political Correctness: Tool of Marxism" by Douglas Gibbs:

Quoting from the Norwegian Killer and Communist Party Hacks!

http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/44100

http://www.examiner.com/political-buzz-in-los-angeles/political-correctness-tool-of-marxism

This article is poorly-researched and carries many patently false claims about Wilhelm Reich. Firstly, Reich is not the author of The Authoritarian Personality, which was written by Adorno, Frenkel-Brunswik, Levinson and Sanford, who were all liberal-left in sentiment. And the quote Mr. Gibbs mis-attributes to Reich is equally false and quite malicious, having been written in fact by the insane Norwegian mass-murder killer-of-children, Anders Breivik! Mr. Gibbs wrote:

To eliminate the non-Marxist political systems, Reich taught that “the patriarchal social structure would be replaced with matriarchy; the belief that men and women are different and properly have different roles would be replaced with androgyny; and the belief that heterosexuality is normal would be replaced with the belief that homosexuality is ‘normal’.” (Breivik, 2082 A European Declaration of Independence, p.16)

Reich never said this, nor anything similar. This was from Breivik, and if you don’t care to download his entire 1500+ page madhouse screed from internet, the key quote is also part of a discussion posted up at this blog page:

http://johnjenkinsnfdu.blogspot.com/2011/07/anders-behring-breivik-and.html

Reich was a young Marxist in the struggle against Hitlerism, but was expelled from the German Communist Party in 1932, for his criticisms of party leaders and their anti-freedom policies. He was quickly put on an NKVD death list, already being on the Gestapo death-list. Reich became an outspoken anti-communist after the 1930s and remained so until his death in 1957. He was NEVER a member of the "Frankfurt Group" of Freudo-Marxists, who never had a good opinion of him. They considered Reich to be a bad Marxist, notably for his rejection of "class struggle" ideology (the proletariat, he argued, was just as neurotic and sexually impotent as the bourgeoisie).

Reich also had a decidedly heterosexual emphasis, arguing that a loving genital heterosexuality was the "gold standard" for human emotional and psychological health. He defended the rights of young lovers (as with Romeo and Juliet) to have their romances, but also argued that children had to be protected from adult abusers and seducers. He was critical of pornography, but for legalization of divorce, contraception and abortion, which were illegal in his day. His clinical findings opposed the "raw discharge" theory of "anything goes" sexuality as promoted by Kinsey, and he argued that love was a critical ingredient for full sexual gratification. He also argued for decriminalization of homosexuality, even while considering it neurotic. For holding these views, both the Left and the Right tend to have big problems with Wilhelm Reich, both finding things to agree with, and disagree with.

It is one thing to make solid and historically accurate criticisms of Reich, based upon facts. But Mr. Gibbs would quote from an insane killer who machine-guns children by the score, and put those dirty words into Reich’s mouth!

Factually, the claims that Reich was some kind of communist pervert is a 1950s smear, fabricated and spread publicly in mainstream media articles and books during Reich’s lifetime by the Communist Left. In some kind of strange Orwellian twist, today those old slanders are being unearthed and quoted by the authoritarian religious Right, as if Communist truth-benders are suddenly "OK", if their lies can be put to good use against someone like Reich. Details on that are too complex to present here, but there are full articles on this matter already posted to internet:

New Information on the Persecution and Death of Wilhelm Reich

http://www.orgonelab.org/ReichPersecution.htm

Critical Review of Christopher Turner’s Adventures in the Orgasmatron

A Defense of Dr. Wilhelm Reich and his Orgonomic Science
Against Renewed Sexual Slander and Defamation.

http://www.orgonelab.org/DeMeoReviewOfTurner.htm

Mr. Gibbs! Canada Free Press! The Examiner! Have you no shame!

Please correct your ugly little error-filled article, and stop repeating disinformation which comes directly out of the Communist Party, or from insane mass-murderers.

Sincerely,

James DeMeo, PhD

Author of the two linked items above, and many other articles and books on related subjects.

http://www.orgonelab.org/demeopubs.htm

2 Responses to “More Lies About Wilhelm Reich — This time from the Right-Wing”

  1. Douglas V. Gibbs Says:

    My, my, Dr. DeMeo, you are quite the propagandist. Reich is well known as being influenced by Karl Marx, and trying to reconcile Marxism with psychoanalysis. He promoted sexual openness, including among the youth.

    Reich argued that the source of sexual repression was bourgeois morality.

    Reich was arrested in 1941 by the FBI because he was an immigrant with a communist background.

  2. obrlnews Says:

    I’m no propagandist, Mr. Gibbs, but YOU certainly are. The issue I raised was your mis-attribution of things to Reich which he never wrote. The facts are given above, but you’ve simply ignored them.

    Yes Reich was a Marxist in his youth, as is the case with many conservatives today such as David Horowitz, Norman Podhurst, Malcolm Muggeridge — many were even Communists, but then saw the horrors of Marxism-in-practice, changed their views entirely, and wrote books about it. You can assess my low opinion of Marxism by consulting this website: http://www.orgonelab.org/MarxEngelsQuotes.htm

    With Reich, his break came when the German CP threw him out for criticizing their party bosses and Lenin also. He was an early advocate of applying psychoanalytic principles via the Marxist parties, but neither the Freudians nor the Marxists agreed with him about that. The Frankfurt Group formalized only years later, without Reich ever being invited to speak at their events, nor being either formally or informally associated. Some of their members made friendly references to Reich’s early writings before his repudiation of communism, but they found his criticisms of the psychopathology in the Communist Party, and his abandonment of what he called “crude Marxism” to be highly objectionable. He was never a part of their group, and was in fact attacked again and again by the Communist Party in the USA, having previously been on an NKVD death-list when in Europe. He became increasingly anti-Communist after c.1932, and fully so by the time of his arrival in the USA. His use of terms like “bougeoir” ended even earlier, and he repudiated or re-drafted most of his early works, which mostly dealt with clinical psychiatric issues, to remove any Marxist terminology.

    Reich was a champion of the idea that real traumas — such as rape or child-beating — created neurotic and damaged behavior. This went against Freudian ideas about “fantasy” or “wish”, and against Marxist ideas of “class struggle”.

    Now you make new claims about Reich with the FBI. Factually, Reich was arrested and held at Ellis Island for about a month, starting right after Pearl Harbor, along with thousands of other German, Italian and Japanese immigrants, as a routine precaution during a time of war. After checking him out, the FBI decided he was not sympathetic to the Nazi cause (he had written against the Nazis as well as against the communists), and he was released. There was nothing more about it than that.

    Young people have been sexually attracted to each other as a biological imperative, long before you or I or Reich were born; Reich accepted this as natural and irrepressible, and argued contraception should be made available and young people not turned into criminals about it. Today young heterosexual innocents similar to Romeo and Juliet can be charged with the same “sexual offender” status as a pedophile, and go to prison for years, ruining lives for doing nothing more than the widespread “bundling” practices which were typical among our forefathers in the early American colonies. Reich argued, that the heterosexual drive was so powerful in youth, that efforts to crush it out created the sexual perversions and neuroses such as homosexuality. That was his clinical finding. I’ve seen enough of the world to agree with Reich on that issue.

    Disagree with Reich’s ideas if you wish, but please learn what they are before making false comparisons to the Frankfurters, or salting up your criticisms by mis-attributions to their books, or to the rants of child-killers like Berivik, putting his insane writings into Reich’s mouth. I could never expect such outright deception from a Christian, and maybe you should read Reich’s “The Murder of Christ” before you sink your feet any deeper into the muck. Also the biography of Reich by his associate Myron Sharaf, “Fury On Earth: A Biography of Wilhelm Reich”.

    Please take responsibility for your own words, and correct the falsehoods.

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