Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel by Ray Bradbury published in 1953. It is regarded as one of his best works. The novel presents a future American society where books are outlawed and "firemen" burn any that are found. The title refers to the temperature that Bradbury understood to be the autoignition point of paper.
This would happen in Nazi Germany but not in a free America that defeated the Nazi's, right? Wrong. Bradbury published his book in 1953, have you ever heard of Cancer Biopathy (1948), or Ether God and Devil published by Wilhelm Reich in 1950-51 - or of Wilhelm Reich for that matter?
All of his books and papers were, by federal decree, burned, up through 1962, and may have continued on a lesser scale until 1970. The government of the United States had declared that orgone did not exist and orgone was the only word that was necessary to appear in print to qualify the material as worthy of destruction.
So what is orgone? Dr. Reich demonstrated that the orgone radiation was the same energy that the Sun gave off.
The Idaho Observer states Reich's situation well:
"Before dismissing what you are about to read, consider that the FDA did everything in its power to eliminate the knowledge of orgone energy from the world because, it claimed, 'it doesn't exist.'
"If orgone energy does not exist, it is, therefore, not a threat—is it?
"Rather than ignore this thing that does not exist, the FDA effectively sentenced Dr. Wilhelm Reich to death and, for at least a decade, actively pursued a campaign to destroy all the books, notes, and research papers it could find containing the word 'orgone'. Judging by the government's actions, orgone energy does, indeed, exist"
The following paragraph, taken from the book Wilhelm Reich And Orgonomy, by Ola Raknes, Ph.D, sets the stage for answering that question:
"The existence of such energy is still contested—or at least neglected—by practically all scientists who have not themselves made the observations and experiments, and had the experiences, that form the basis of the discovery. An American Federal Court has even, in March, 1954, in a Decree of Injunction, declared Orgone Energy to be nonexistent, without, however, giving the facts on which the Injunction is said to be based.
In a correspondence with the present writer [Raknes] the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), on whose complaint the Injunction was decreed, said that experiments executed with the most modern equipment and methods by experienced scientists had proved the nonexistence of orgone energy.
None of these experiments has ever been published, and in further correspondence, the FDA refused to divulge the names of those scientists or any of the experiments on which the complaint was said to be based. As Dr. Reich did not obey the injunction, he was arraigned for contempt of court and sentenced to two years in the penitentiary. He died in prison after not quite eight months."
So, for an element the government claimed didn't exist, that "reputable scientists" had attempted to find through experiments "but couldn't" they burned his books and sent him to prison. Only in Amerika.