Reich has gone completely out of fashion. People read all sorts of awful guff – Toni Negri – but I haven’t heard anyone talk about Reich for years. Probably the fault of Kate Bush’s rainbursting video and those orgone accumulaors made of chicken wire you used to be able to buy on Portobello Road. Well – you’re all jolly well wrong – you should read Reich. For the answer to the fundamental question ‘Why does the working class consistently act against it’s own interests’ Reich provides some answers.’Why don’t the working class respond to rational arguments agaimnst inequality?’ Reich writes in ‘What is class consciousness?’: ‘One of the reasons for the failures of the revolutionary movement is that the real life of individuals is played out at a different level than the instigators of the social revolution believe. They must find a connection with the petty, banal, simple everyfday life of people. They should politicise private life,fairs, dance halls,cinemas, markets,bedrooms,hostels and betting shops’. If you’d read Reich you’d never produce the kind of know-all hectoring holier than thou rhetoric of Socialist Worker.You’d never wonder why the Sun is the most popular working class newspaper. If Reich unadulterated is too heavy going start with Maurice Brinton’s ‘the Irrational in politics’ – things will never seem the same again. Chuck in some Gramsci and bob’s your uncle!