Reichian Psychology of Revolts – The Führer (Father) Principle and “We Are Not Children”

This should be just so obvious to any student of Reich, and even Freud or any psychology student in general.

In the Velvet revolutions the people chanted “we are not children!” as they were patronised from a rooftop by their leader. In the Jasmine revolutions we have various leaders who behave in the same way as “protector” Father figures.

This treatment of people like misbehaving children is actually the epitome of Fascism as defined in Reichian psychology. Much of the nuts and bolts of why these leaders behave as they do, and the response of their “children” is exposed in Reichs book The Mass Psychology of Fascism. It is no dry academic piece but is based on his participation in campaiging in the twenties and thirties as many people attempted to combat the rise of Hitler and Fascism. Unfortunately in those days not enough people understood the psychology driving those awful regimes. Now in our connected world, with many intelligent young people, the true nature of the regimes they fight have to be much more widely understood (and are, if sometimes purely instinctually).

The global psychology works at many macro and micro levels. There is actually much of the same kind of fascist psychology apparent in the West with the various obsessions with leaders and with family. A working family is good, but as Reich pointed out it is hijacked by the state because it is the family that can become a little model of the fascist state. The tyrant Father terrorises his children, or more benignly, keeps them as infants or naive children as the Father projects a strong image of protection and security for the “good” of everyone.

We can see this reflected on a global level, especially in the Jasmine revolts at the moment. It is this that so many seem to miss … the psychology of the corrupt arab leaders and regimes is the same as it has been (and still is in some ways) in the West … Fascist.

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