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Little Rock Reich & UFOs

From: Kenneth F Thomas <kennthomas.nul>
Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2007 19:03:26 -0500
Archived: Wed, 26 Sep 2007 10:39:34 -0400
Subject: Little Rock Reich & UFOs


Reich, Little Rock and UFOs
by Kenn Thomas

steamshovelpress.com

The Little Rock Nine, a group that integrated Central High
School in Little Rock, Arkansas in September 1957, observed its
anniversary Tuesday even as the protests in Jena, Louisiana
underscored continued racial strife in the US. But the plight of
the Nine was not the only social oppression that America
suffered in 1957 - the UFO cover up was in full flower and UFO
believers were handily marginalized and even prosecuted. The
scientist Wilhelm Reich was thrown in jail in part for exploring
human energy potential and therapeutic techniques not approved
by the Food and Drug Administration, but also in part because he
was using the consequent cloudbuster technology to battle UFOs
in the Tucson desert.

Reich had been condemned as a medical quack, his books had been
burned and his "life energy" boxes, precursors to a type cannon
called a cloudbuster that harnessed atmospheric energy, were
destroyed. Reich had harmed no one and, indeed, had helped many
with his understanding and manipulation of what he called the
orgone. He witnessed several UFOs on his estate in Maine and
used the orgone cloudbuster guns to cause them to go away. He
did the same on a famous trip to the desert southwest that he
documented in his last book, Contact With Space. By his own
estimation, he fought the first battle against space intruders,
and won. The FDA, of course, never truly followed Reich's
scientific protocols on either orgone boxes or cloudbuster guns,
and convicted Reich only on technical violation of its
injunction to stop distributing orgone boxes.

Authorities threw Reich in a prison cell in Lewisberg, PA from
which he did not emerge alive. In memos to the prison chaplain
before his death, however, Reich continued to write passionately
about the social situation in the US. His note from September
1957 even includes reference to the disturbance at Little Rock
Central High School. He emphasized the very psychological and
emotional undercurrents he felt were being ignored in the
broader social arena of conspiratorial 1950s America, what
prevented many from seeing the space ships he saw in abundance:

"I am merely fulfilling my public duties as a U. S. citizen and
worker in planetary affairs if I continue to point out where the
true danger to our social and personal existence is placed: its
is Emotional Poisoning: disruption through sowing distrust
throughout our society, doping and drugging of our population,
espec. our YOUTH; draining us financially through areas
[...]race, a camouflage of the true menace, the Emotional
Poisoning a la Little Rock racial upheavals; keeping our high
placed officials at bay through fear of sexual scandals
[Clinton! - kt], railroading efficient men and women into prisons
or lunatic asylums through [?] up there environments; subverting
justice by whispered little lies & frightening or using judges.
Doing all this destruction unnoticed as it were by all those
responsible. It was clear from the very beginning that [?] and
now lyrics were subverted by such use of stupidities & evasions
on our part [rock'n'roll! - kt], especially by the staid
reluctance to talk bluntly and take the bull by the horns. The
bull is really no more tan a few slimy tape worms eating away at
our emotional guts. It is high time to start giving social power
to the established functions of Love, Work & Learning as
bastions against the tapeworms."

The prison memo form includes this banal and perhaps prescient
statement: "Your failure to specifically state your problem may
result in no action being taken." Reich's imprisonment was in
part the end result of mis-reporting on him that appeared in the
New Republic under the editorial leadership of a now-confessed
communist spy named Michael Straight in a book entitled, After
Long Silence. New Republic made its own pronouncement about
Little Rock in its July 7, 1958 edition, complaining about the
Supreme Court's failure to stop legal challenges that were
slowing down the integration process. The Supreme Court, opined
New Republic, "must stand the ground they themselves have
assumed, or the grand experiment they inaugurated will end in
bitter farce, with consequences for the state of the union that
stagger the mind."

Clearly the magazine had a better view of the possible
consequences of Supreme Court actions than it did on its own.
The consequences of Reich's work with UFOs and otherwise, on the
other hand, and the implications of the study of character
structure on the understanding of race issues has continued over
the years. Writing in a chapter called "Racism and Slavery" in
The American Slave: A Composite Autobiography (Westport,
Connecticut: Greenwood Publishing Company, 1972), my old friend
historian George Rawick notes the impact of "that great
underground classic of modern thought, Wilhelm Reich, Character
Analysis, 3d ed. rev., first published in German in 1933, and
its less well-known but significant companion, The Mass
Psychology of Fascism, first published in German in 1933. While
I cannot subscribe to all of Reich's system, this chapter could
not have been written without his monumental attempt to relate
Marx and Freud which loosened the ideological armoring of
Western rationalism for me and many others." Although Reich
never stated it explicitly, clearly he saw that same armoring as
the block that keeps so many from accepting the realities of the
UFO issue.

Kenn Thomas' new book, The Conspiracy Files, as well as the new
issue of Steamshovel Press, is available through his website,
steamshovelpress.com.

Now available as PDF exclusively from Steamshovel!

The New Issue of Steamshovel Press!!!

All conspiracy. No theory.

CONTENTS INCLUDE:

Charles Fort: Dogma be Damned by Skylaire Alfvegren; Southern
California, Cult Mecca, by Adam Gorightly; Parapolitics in
Popular Culture: The Prisoner  by Kenn Thomas;  Notes on
Conspiracy Theories, by Jim Keith; Correspondence with Jim
Keith; Freeplay Excerpted by Len Bracken; Short Shrift: Beatnix
and Comix by Kenn Thomas; Caries, Cabals & Correspondence with
X. Sharks DeSpot;  Robert Anton Wilson RIP; The O Reilly Factor
In The JFK Assassination by Bill Kelly;  Dark Matters by James
Romberger.


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