Freud, Marx, Culture of Death

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Another good interview from Zenit, this one with author of a new book: Architects of the Culture of Death

Part 1
Part 2

A sample:

Q: What do you think will most surprise readers about the thinkers outlined in your book?

...Wilhelm Reich thought of himself as a secular Messiah who would cure the world of both its social as well as personal neuroses. He saw himself as the world's first Freudo-Marxist. He earned, more than anyone else, the appellation, "Father of the Sexual Revolution."

Yet he died in a federal penitentiary, serving time there because he had defrauded the American public by selling them empty boxes that were allegedly constructed to capture a precious form of energy called "orgone." One critic of Reich said that it was hard to take any man seriously who said, "I realized that I could no longer live without a brothel."

That's hilarious. I haven't heard this guy's name since some hippie I used to play hackey-sack with almost a decade ago went on and on about him. If I knew then...

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