From Individual Power to Collective Shame

In 1919, Sigmund Freud’s nephew, Edward Bernays (1891-1995) founded America’s first public relations firm, applying psychoanalytic discoveries to promote consumerism and to use latent sexual energy to manipulate the masses through subliminal seduction.

Freud, and his more daring colleague Wilhelm Reich on whom I’ve written previously, knew exactly how important latent –unrealized potentiality– energy is to the overall health of the mind and body. In their work, the word ‘sexuality’ bears almost no resemblance to what it means to us today.… Continue reading

It’s Human Nature?

Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of leaders…and millions have been killed because of this obedience…Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves… (and) the grand thieves are running the country.

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I’m a Guest at ‘Bakkie met Bergsma’

Dutch publicist and former lawyer Sietske Bergsma invited me to talk about my latest blog post, Building the Non-Lie. Sietske runs the video channel Bakkie met Bergsma as part of her publication The Fire Online. Our conversation is in Dutch, about one hour, click here to watch on YouTube.

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I’ve been a fan of Sietske’s work for several years, she sharply observes and analyzes current events and manages to do so with humor and a big heart.… Continue reading

Building the Non-Lie

It’s harder than it seems to build a truthful venture atop the ruins of a World of Lies. Whoever has had the courage to start such a new venture is working hard to make ends meet.

Picture an under-funded, under-appreciated startup that disrupts nothing but the phoney. There exists no subsidy or Quantitative Easing, no funding rounds A, B or C to get this unpopular startup, the Non-Lie, up and running.… Continue reading

The FBI and the Why of the Blue Sky

The biggest censorship case in modern history is that of the brilliant Austrian-American psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich (1897-1957), who worked closely with Sigmund Freud. On August 23, 1956, the FBI burned 6 tonnes, 5443 kilograms, of Reich’s books and research. Reich died in prison a few months after his arrest in 1957.

Blue sky over Venlo

His research focused on ‘orgone energy’, which he described as a universal force behind life’s healing energy, the weather and the reason why the sky and water appear to our eyes as blue.… Continue reading