The Coronavirus and the Emotional Plague

In order to understand what is happening in fascist regimes like Communist China, knowledge of the layering of the bio-psychic apparatus is essential. Fascist regimes function to maintain their own survival by operating entirely from their destructive, secondary layer and repressing the lives of the people they govern. They are fundamentally opposed to protecting every one of the core functions of their inhabitant’s lives. This identifies the character structure of people governing these nations as emotional plague characters.

With this information, it is possible to raise the following questions: Regarding the coronavirus pandemic, how can the Chinese Government consisting of a regime that survives on total repression of its population be genuinely concerned in protecting the biological core functions of its citizenry? How can these leaders be trusted to provide reliable medical information to other nations regarding the coronavirus epidemic that originated in and was allowed to spread through their own country when they actively avoided addressing it to prevent its invasion when first detected?

What is the functional relationship between communism and the coronavirus? Communism, a deadly disease (the emotional plague) in the bio-social realm, is functionally identical to the coronavirus, a deadly disease in the individual, biological realm.


  1. Thanks for this. So clear and easy to understand.

    • you’re welcome.

  2. There is a lot to process regarding the virus and reaction to it The current situation may be instructive in terms of helping people understand how an emotional plague outbreak occurs. The transmission begins with individuals infecting a micro social group or groups and/or institutions and then eventually if unimpeded spreads into the macro (i.e the greater social realm which affects, in varying degrees, all individuals and all micro social groups/institutions) through governing social agreements. The reason that I use the term”social agreement” is to indicate the importance of the reciprocal relationship between citizens and social and political authorities and that each individual bears some responsibility to uphold, change or rescind a social agreement in a rational and constructive way. In addition the use of the word “social” stresses the fact that the social realm contains the political realm and not the other way around. The conditions have to be set in the social realm for the EP to take root before it can find its way into the political. I took the time to explain the above in response to Dr. Holbrook’s question regarding my usage of the term micro and macro in the social realm. What I have stated is a different from his example of Reich’s usage where the individual is the micro and the social realm is the macro. I hope that my distinction can be used specifically with regards to understanding and stopping the spread of a potential emotional plague outbreak in the future.
    With regards to the Covid-19, let us assume (even if it turns out to be not true) that we are witnessing a consolidation of the emotional plague in western society and more specifically in the U.S. As we know from Dr. Konia’s books and articles anti-authoritarianism (through the covert spread of communism and its tenants in the west) is a form of red fascism (i.e. from the extreme political left) as opposed to black fascism (i.e. from the extreme political right – Nazism).
    The playbook (look up Agenda 2030) includes what I would call the new TEN COMMANDMENTS (there could be some slight variations or changes to this list) which serve as new social agreements due to Covid-19 that may or may not be extended once the virus has been “contained”.
    1 Retreat to your place of residence (minimum security prison with benefits)
    2 Refrain from physical proximity to every other person (no social gatherings)
    3 View every other person as a threat to your health and survival
    4 Don’t worry about income derived from your biological work function, the government will take care of your financial needs
    5 Stay calm while we do everything we can to raise your level of anxiety
    6 Every life matters but death from the corona virus matters much more, maybe 100 times more (statistically) than other causes of death
    7 If you do exactly as we say, we can save many of you from imminent disaster
    8 This is the new normal, get used to it
    9 “We are all in this together” even though you get no say in the matter
    10 “Trust us” we are the experts (despite our terrible track record in mathematical projection models, insufficient use of appropriate data, lack of preparedness and propensity for corruption)
    I am not against rational authority and I am not blaming anyone specifically. I do not want to sound insensitive to anyone’s suffering directly or indirectly from this virus. Unfortunately the social arena and conditions were ripe for this to occur. Majority of the younger generation have spent the all of their lives living in an anti-authoritarian society and most were not prepared to understand the dangers of what was being asked of them in this situation.
    I suspect there were many respected social groups in Germany in the 1930’s that spoke out during the rise of Hitler and Nazism but not enough to make a difference due to the conditions in place at the time. I am still waiting for just ONE respected social group today to speak out against the drastic, unprecedented and possibly haphazard measures taken in the last couple of months. Only lone voices so far.
    The main rationale that I have heard from several respected professional people from different walks of life was the following: “We don’t want to overwhelm the medical system”. There is some validity in this statement. If you dig a little deeper than the surface of this statement which has been used effectively to end all potential discussion and reflection on the unintended consequences of the current strategy, you realize that what this really means is that those in authority were not prepared for such an event even though it was not as unlikely as most believe based on several examples from recent history.
    When we send soldiers to war, we do not say that we can’t do it because the medical system (in the war location and eventually at home) ) will be overwhelmed. This is a well known fact of war and we do the best we can under tough circumstances.
    I hope that something life positive can be learned for this viral outbreak and that the potential dangers inherent in the many of the applied strategies do not become the norm.

    • Hi Steven, I like your post a lot and the quotes that followed, thank you.

      You write that, ”…the social realm contains the political realm and not the other way around….”. And then a bit later you write, “I took the time to explain the above in response to Dr. Holbrook’s question regarding my usage of the term micro and macro in the social realm. What I have stated is different from his example of Reich’s usage where the individual is the micro and the social realm is the macro.” I wish I could understand what you are referring to here in terms of your usage of the terms micro and macro is different from Reich’s. Please understand that I am not writing this in any kind of antagonistic way. but I honestly don’t understand what you are saying that you have written in the post that shows that your micro and macro are different from what Reich described. I’m sorry for torturing you this question to death, but unfortunately what you have written here and in other places is extremely unclear to me. Of course, Reich did assert vigorously and explicitly in The Mass Psychology of Fascism that “the social realm contains the political realm and not the other way around.” That was the whole thesis of the book. It’s not clear to me whether you are saying that he didn’t assert this. But then, can you explain To me in as specific terms as possible while you believe your micro and macro realm language is any different from Reich’s? Again, I am not asking these questions of you as a sort of ”gotcha” saying or in order to compete. I like your enthusiasm and I don’t want to lessen your enthusiasm or criticize it. But I am honestly still unclear. Am I missing something? Am I the only one for whom this is unclear?

      • thank you for taking the time to let me know your motivation. In a forum like this it is easy to misinterpret without the benefit of face to face contact for context.

        I hope this helps

        individuals = micro
        social realm = macro

        In economics individuals and groups (i.e. corporations etc) are categorized as micro and the whole of the economy is called the macro. I am making the same distinction below
        For purposes of understanding the transmission of the emotional plague
        1) individual and groups comprise the micro in the social realm
        2) greater social realm (the whole) is the macro where the “seeds” of life positive or destructive ideas which emerge from individuals and groups take root and develop

        Because I am not familiar with Reich’s usage of the terms micro and macro I may have incorrectly assumed that he was considering groups as a part of the greater social realm (i.e. the macro) which would not be the same as my usage of the terms. If so I apologize for the confusion and wasted space on Dr. Konia’s blog

      • I prefer using words used in biology and sociology. Words used in economics like micro and macro feel mechanical to me.

      • OK, I see the distinction you are making. I would say that Reich did discuss groups as distinct from society as a whole, examples being the International Psychoanalytical Association or the communist party or other political organizations, etc. Also, when he writes about the emotional plague, he discusses how it can work in small organizations like the ones he created. But whatever terms you use, I do think that your ideas are good! My only pet peeve about how you have used the terms is you seem to think that it is something not already part of orgonomic thinking, which I believe is incorrect. But aside from that, I’m not sure how much it matters, because you have a lot of good things to say! I don’t think you have wasted our time, I don’t think anyone is saying that. I think you make an important contribution, thanks.

      • If you haven’t already read The Mass Psychology of Fascism, People In Trouble, and The Murder of Christ (and don’t miss the appendix The Weapon of Truth, one of the most important things he ever wrote), I strongly recommend reading them. Mass Psychology can be a little overwhelming because a lot of it seems very specific to time and place: Nazi Germany. But if you kind of ignore some of the details and just try to absorb what he is saying about political movements, there is a tremendous amount to be learned from it. One of the last chapters of the book, I can’t remember right now what chapter number and what the name of it is, is very very readable and is not at all specific to time and place. It’s the chapter that has a section titled the biological miscalculation in the human struggle for freedom. It’s the chapter also that discusses the concept of work democracy. Very very powerful stuff, I think you would like it.

    • What is “Agenda 2030”?

  3. Do you know Luigi de Marchi? introduced Wilhelm Reich in Italy in the 1960s and wrote books on Italian politics with the thought of Reich.

    • Eugenio,
      Please refrain from asking questions that are off-topic, as this has the tendency to “derail” the important ideas presented.

  4. Is this pandemic so special? Compare the current surplus death-rate in Europe with the same data during the influenza epidemic in 2017: What is special about it, definitely, is that the Chinese Communists by way of covid-19 (hysteria?) destroys the Western economies and endangers even Western democracies.

  5. Straight out of (Communist) hell:

    Locals in Wuhan, where the Chinese coronavirus pandemic originated, have heard screams coming from funeral home furnaces, and some treated in hospitals say they saw workers put living coronavirus patients in body bags, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported on Monday.

    RFA noted that it could not independently verify that the Chinese Communist Party was burning coronavirus patients alive, nor has the Communist Party confirmed or denied the rumors. Yet the rumors persist that, to make room for new patients in Wuhan’s overcrowded hospitals, medical staff chose older patients less likely to survive the infection and shipped them to incinerators while they were still alive and conscious.

  6. Nigel Farage has warned that Chinese interests are lining up to take advantage of the coronavirus crisis by buying “vast swathes of our strategic and manufacturing industries”.

    The same happened for many years in Germany and now will accelerate even more. What Trump said about how the U.S. essentially built Communist China and destroyed its own industrial basis doing so.

    Farage: “For some reason, many of our civil servants, politicians, and Big Business figures seem to be in love with the despicable, barbarous regime who don’t just murder thousands of their own people every year, but put hundreds of thousands in camps… where they’re being re-educated away from their faith to support the Chinese Communist Party.”

    Reminds one of what Reich said about the Mowcow conspiracy back in the 1940s and 50s.

  7. I would add that communism’s current manifestation (pseudo-liberalism) and covid-19 are both considered “hidden enemies” and the ability to distinguish which is factually more “deadly” may turn out to be the most important lesson of 2020.

    Sometimes history explains the present clearly

    “We must be ready to employ trickery, deceit, law-breaking, withholding and concealing truth. We can and must write in a language which sows among the masses hate, revulsion, and scorn toward those who disagree with us. The goal of socialism is communism” – Vladimir Lenin
    “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.” – Winston Churchill

  8. After reading the comment I just posted above, my wife suggested I add this quote to it.

    “Of all the tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under the omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber barons cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” C.S. Lewis

    • What C.S. Lewis is describing is the pseudo-liberal’s pretense at defense. This is the expression from their destructive, secondary layer.

  9. Dr. Konia
    I do not follow “the pseudo-liberal’s pretense at defense”. What do you mean by “at defense”.

    • The pseudo-liberal pretends to be doing things for our own good but what he does, its effect on his victim, is actually destructive.

    • thank you for the clarification

  10. This feels more and more like living in one of these early 1970s Charlton Heston dystopian OMEGA MAN scenarios! The emotional plague is triumphant!

  11. Agenda 2030 sounds like utopia …

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