1955 – Charges are laid against Wilhelm Reich

Wilhelm Reich was a respected psychologist in the 1930s, a contemporary of Jung whose book “The Mass Psychology of Facism” is still considered a foundational text today. But after fleeing the Nazis and moving to America, he began to experience difficulties. His research into human sexuality led him to discover a bio-energetic force that he named orgone, and attracted the attention of a notably censorious and puritanical government.

It remains unclear whether Reich’s later researches were scientifically valid, as the US government came down hard on Reich, arresting him and later convicting him of contempt of court. Reich, a 58 year old man at the time of his arrest, died in prison two years later. His books were burned and his equipment destroyed; his persecutors accused him of delusions of persecution.

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