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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book - still totally relevant today, 9 Dec 2011
This review is from: The Mass Psychology of Fascism (Paperback)
According to Marxist theory, 1930's Germany should have been ripe for a communist revolution. All necessary economic ingredients were there, and in addition there was a very active German Communist Party of which Reich was an energetic member.

But instead of a communist revolution, Germany turned to Facsism. For Reich, this was proof that Marxist theory was wrong - that Marx had missed something important. This book is largely his analysis of what it was that Marx had missed. Reich comes to a surprising conclusion but one I find broadly convincing.

Wilhelm Reich is someone who sometimes comes across as a touch insane until you start reading what he has to say, and then you begin to suspect that it's society that's insane. I find a deep humanity in his writing. Many writers seem to want to sanitise away their anger at human suffering but Reich seems able to use his anger constructively: to get to the points that matter, and to cut through the deadening fog of 'normality'. That's kind of refreshing I find, and it also makes his books involving and easy to read.

Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I can’t recommend this amazing book more…, 24 April 2014
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I could of course reiterate the synopsis on the back of the book but I prefer to peek the potential reader’s interest by positing the following: If you want to know why women have been suppressed for millennia or understand the “irrational” oppression of homosexuals over the last 3,000 years, then you need to read Wilhelm Reich’s “The Mass Psychology Of Fascism. For then you will know that the suppression of natural sexuality is inherent to the patriarchal and authoritarian organization of family and state which has a vested and imperial interest in such suppression. This is what his theory of Sex-Economy proposes.

Reich has made a brilliant discovery in the connection between sex-economic suppression and the creation of a political reaction vital to the continued control of mass populations. As demonstrated by its rise during the 20th Century, the fascism of the masses arises directly from the state controlled ignorance of natural sexuality.

Though originally published in 1969, this work ties in with other more contemporary research into the origin of this suppression. Joseph P. Farrell in “Yahweh The Two-Faced God,” for example, demonstrates the rise of Yahwism took place circa 1,500 B.C at the time of of the biblical Moses and the historical Akhenaton [known as the Criminal and Heretic] who introduced to Nile dwellers monotheism as a state policy. The texts of these counterrevolutionaries imposed, and still imposes, sex negation in the interests of the patriarchal domination of the masses.

State mystification of sex is thoroughly blown away by the clarity of Reich’s thesis and ideas which are outstandingly liberating and an edifying lesson on the individual psychological underpinnings of European fascism.

Half way through this masterpiece, Reich asks: “Why is it that women and adolescents are always far more willing to listen to political reaction?” His sex-economic theory response: “No other field exposes so clearly the social function of sexual suppression, the intimate connection between sexual repression and political reactionary views.

Needed now more than ever, I can’t recommend this amazing book more…
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Right Direction with a left analysis, 25 Aug 2011
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Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles "FIST" (London) - See all my reviews
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A great penetration into the phenomena known as fascism. Whereas it is perceived as an economic creed demarcated by middle aged men flaunting their flacid bodies in tight fitting uniforms Willhelm digs a little deeper to highlight the psychological roots of the creed.

A precursor to Klaus Theweleit this book is revolutionary for placing fascism as a form of psychological enactment within a family. In an era where the father was the lord of the table, the mother was the servant and the children skittles to be knocked around, fascism was enacted in families wholesale before it became a mass political phenomena. Sexuality and sex energy was dammed up into bodies that became rigid through the fear of family violence. Fight, flight or fear demarcated the contours of a 19thC, 20thC and 21stC families.

Bentio, Adolf and the others stepped into the breach and harnessed the repression that had already taken place within families and directed it onto the state. They would be the daddy of daddies. Plenty of angry young men and women were ready acolytes for the various parties that stressed hatred as a release. These mannequins were already formed within their family structures, they just needed pointing in the Right direction. This was the basis of the psychological release of fascism as it served a positive purpose and people were not just dupes. They received something from the creed, an ordered place they were already used to.

Strange that Reich's book, all so prescient is now languishing. His stress on sex liberation as a prelude to deposing fascism was a step in the liberation but it failed to fully bring about the new utopia. The right counter reaction of the the 1980's to the 60's liberation was seen as a cultural highpoint by many, as it put money into their pockets. Economics trumped the triumph of the liberation of the sex economy. The problem now remains is where the individual in society moves to next. A return to Reich and fully understanding what he was saying about families, their violence and how they shape psychologies would help to retrace the steps to rebuild a shattered world post economic boom. Families buckled under the onslaught of the various materialist demands made of them with parents absent more than dictatorial.

Reading this book although some of the sexual remedies may appear quaint is the first step in a liberation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascism - 'black' and 'red', 6 April 2013
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M. Ravey "Michael Ravey" (Liverpool, England) - See all my reviews
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To understand our now - combining radical socialism and the insights of Sigmund Freud - this is one of the most important texts of the 20th century. WR is no romantic of 'people power....... A must read!
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