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Message 1563892 - Posted: 28 Aug 2014, 17:58:42 UTC
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It seems as if the founder of Anthroposophy and Waldorf education, was a really bad racist.

Look for yourselves folks, and decide:

The racial teachings of Rudolf Steiner

More to be found here to prove the racism in Anthroposophy: http://www.waldorfcritics.org/articles/Staudenmaier.html

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Anthroposophy's Racialist Ideology
Building on theosophy's postulate of root races, Steiner and his anthroposophist disciples elaborated a systematic racial classification system for human beings and tied it directly to their paradigm of spiritual advancement. The particulars of this racial theory are so bizarre that it is difficult for non-anthroposophists to take it seriously, but it is important to understand the pernicious and lasting effects the doctrine has had on anthroposophists and those they've influenced.[5]

Steiner asserted that root races follow one another in chronological succession over epochs lasting hundreds of thousands of years, and each root race is further divided into sub-races which are also arranged hierarchically. By chance, as it were, the root race which happened to be paramount at the time Steiner made these momentous discoveries was the Aryan race, a term which anthroposophists use to this day. All racial categories are purely social constructs lacking any scientific meaning, but the notion of an Aryan race is an especially preposterous invention. A favorite of reactionaries in the early years of the twentieth century, the Aryan concept was based on a conflation of linguistic and biological terminology backed up by spurious "research." In other words, it was a complete fabrication which served only to provide a pseudo-scholarly veneer to racist fantasies.

Anthroposophy's promotion of this ridiculous doctrine is disturbing enough. But it is compounded by Steiner's further claim that--in yet another remarkable coincidence--the most advanced group within the Aryan root race is currently the nordic-germanic sub-race. Above all, anthroposophy's conception of spiritual development is inextricable from its evolutionary narrative of racial decline and racial advance: a select few enlightened members evolve into a new "race" while their spiritually inferior neighbors degenerate. Anthroposophy is structured around a hierarchy of biological and psychological as well as "spiritual" capacities and characteristics, all of them correlated to race.

The affinities with Nazi discourse are unmistakable. Wolfgang Treher makes a convincing case that Steiner's racial theories, especially the repeated scheme of a small minority evolving further while a large mass declines, bear striking similarities even in detail to Hitler's own theories. He concludes: "Concentration camps, slave labor and the murder of Jews constitute a praxis whose key is perhaps to be found in the 'theories' of Rudolf Steiner."[6]

Steiner didn't shy away from describing the fate of those left behind by the forward march of racial and spiritual progress. He taught that these unfortunates would "degenerate" and eventually die out. Like his teacher Madame Blavatsky, Steiner rejected the notion that Native Americans, for example, were nearly exterminated by the actions of European settlers. Instead he held that Indians are "dying out of their own nature."[7] Steiner also taught that "lower races" of humans are closer to animals than to "higher races" of humans. Aboriginal peoples, according to anthroposophy, are descended from the already "degenerate" remnants of the third root race, the Lemurians, and are devolving into apes. Steiner referred to them as "stunted humans whose progeny, the so-called wild peoples, inhabit certain parts of the earth today."[8]

The fourth root race which emerged between the Lemurians and the Aryans were the inhabitants of the lost continent of Atlantis, the existence of which anthroposophists take as literal fact. Direct descendants of the Atlanteans include the Japanese, Mongolians, and Eskimos. Steiner also believed that each people or Volk has its own "ethereal aura" which corresponds to its geographic homeland, as well as its own "Volksgeist" or national spirit, an archangel that provides spiritual leadership to its respective people.

Steiner propagated a host of racist myths about "negroes." He taught that black people are sensual, instinct-driven, primitive creatures, ruled by their brainstem. He denounced the immigration of blacks to Europe as "terrible," "brutal," "dreadful," and decried its effects on "blood and race." He warned that white women shouldn't read "negro novels" during pregnancy, otherwise they'd have "mulatto children." In 1922 he declared, "The negro race does not belong in Europe, and it is of course nothing but a disgrace that this race is now playing such a large role in Europe."[9]

But the worst insult, from an anthroposophical point of view, is Steiner's dictum that people of color can't develop spiritually on their own; they must either be "educated" by whites or reincarnated in white skin. Europeans, in contrast, are the most highly developed humans. Indeed "Europe has always been the origin of all human development." For Steiner and for anthroposophy, there is no doubt that "whites are the ones who develop humanity in themselves. [ . . . ] The white race is the race of the future, the spiritually creative race."[10]

Anthroposophists today often attempt to excuse or explain away such outrageous utterances by contending that Steiner was merely a product of his times. This apologia is utterly unconvincing. First, Steiner claimed for himself an unprecedented degree of spiritual enlightenment which, by his own account, completely transcended his own time and place; he also claimed, and anthroposophists believe that he had, detailed knowledge of the distant future. Second, this argument ignores the many dedicated members of Steiner's generation who actively opposed racism and ethnocentrism. Third, and most telling, anthroposophists continue to repeat Steiner's racist nonsense to this day.

In 1995 there was a scandal in the Netherlands when it became publicly known that Dutch Waldorf schools were teaching "racial ethnography," where children learn that the "black race" has thick lips and a sense of rhythm and that the "yellow race" hides its emotions behind a permanent smile. In 1994 the Steinerite lecturer Rainer Schnurre, at one of his frequent seminars for the anthroposophist adult school in Berlin, gave a talk with the rather baffling title "Overcoming Racism and Nationalism through Rudolf Steiner." Schnurre emphasized the essential differences between races, noted the "infantile" nature of blacks, and alleged that due to immutable racial disparities "no equal and global system can be created for all people on earth" and that "because of the differences between races, sending aid to the developing world is useless."[11]

Incidents such as these are distressingly common in the world of anthroposophy. The racial mindset that Steiner bestowed on his faithful followers has yet to be repudiated. And it may well never be repudiated, since anthroposophy lacks the sort of critical social consciousness that could counteract its flagrantly regressive core beliefs. Indeed anthroposophy's political outlook has been decidedly reactionary from the beginning.
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Message 1564162 - Posted: 29 Aug 2014, 2:09:06 UTC - in response to Message 1563892.  

Sorry Stern-Arne i have never herd of this . Sounds like anther cult and should be avoided and ignored

So thank for the heads up i know now to just ignore this B/S
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Message 1564174 - Posted: 29 Aug 2014, 3:06:23 UTC

Live In A Hood Like This'n and Youse Gets Real Racial Real Fast.

No Need fO nO Brainiac Sophist Readings.

Nun Uh.

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May we All have a METAMORPHOSIS. REASON. GOoD JUDGEMENT and LOVE and ORDER!!!!!
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Message 1564176 - Posted: 29 Aug 2014, 3:16:16 UTC

Never heard of him.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudolf_Steiner
Rudolf Joseph Lorenz Steiner (25/27 February 1861 – 30 March 1925) was an Austrian philosopher, social reformer, architect, and esotericist. Steiner gained initial recognition at the end of the nineteenth century as a literary critic and published philosophical works including The Philosophy of Freedom. At the beginning of the twentieth century, he founded a spiritual movement, anthroposophy, with roots in German idealist philosophy and theosophy; other influences include Goethean science and Rosicrucianism.

In the first, more philosophically oriented phase of this movement, Steiner attempted to find a synthesis between science and spirituality; his philosophical work of these years, which he termed spiritual science, sought to apply the clarity of thinking characteristic of Western philosophy to spiritual questions, differentiating this approach from what he considered to be vaguer approaches to mysticism. In a second phase, beginning around 1907, he began working collaboratively in a variety of artistic media, including drama, the movement arts (developing a new artistic form, eurythmy) and architecture, culminating in the building of the Goetheanum, a cultural centre to house all the arts. In the third phase of his work, beginning after World War I, Steiner worked to establish various practical endeavors, including Waldorf education, biodynamic agriculture, and anthroposophical medicine.

Steiner advocated a form of ethical individualism, to which he later brought a more explicitly spiritual approach. He based his epistemology on Johann Wolfgang Goethe's world view, in which “Thinking … is no more and no less an organ of perception than the eye or ear. Just as the eye perceives colours and the ear sounds, so thinking perceives ideas." A consistent thread that runs from his earliest philosophical phase through his later spiritual orientation is the goal of demonstrating that there are no essential limits to human knowledge.

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Steiner and Christianity

In 1899 Steiner experienced what he described as a life-transforming inner encounter with the being of Christ; previously he had little or no relation to Christianity in any form. Then and thereafter, his relationship to Christianity remained entirely founded upon personal experience, and thus both non-denominational and strikingly different from conventional religious forms. Steiner was then 38, and the experience of meeting the Christ occurred after a tremendous inner struggle. To use Steiner's own words, the "experience culminated in my standing in the spiritual presence of the Mystery of Golgotha in a most profound and solemn festival of knowledge."

Maybe there is a reason I've never heard of him ...
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Message 1564182 - Posted: 29 Aug 2014, 3:45:06 UTC

Well i haven't and after reading that i know why . Another crack pot .

You don't have to be a brainiac to see it's all B/S Gooba Gaba

Another arty farty person who thought he was better than every one else .


I have very little time for so called ppl in the arts . Stuck up , pompuse , insulting nobody's .

Politeness is a form of insult and i have no time for pretentious ppl
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Message 1564184 - Posted: 29 Aug 2014, 3:47:35 UTC - in response to Message 1564174.  

Live In A Hood Like This'n and Youse Gets Real Racial Real Fast.

No Need fO nO Brainiac Sophist Readings.

Nun Uh.

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Awww, yeah, preach on, Bruthah DeAdly! Only youse n me knows bout dat hood! Vourse, mah hood was da farms where I was be shootin da 22z on da farm, hittin geese that liked dA saltinez. Please splain us ur hood?
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Message 1564206 - Posted: 29 Aug 2014, 4:46:44 UTC - in response to Message 1564182.  

Well i haven't and after reading that i know why . Another crack pot .

You don't have to be a brainiac to see it's all B/S Gooba Gaba

Another arty farty person who thought he was better than every one else .


I have very little time for so called ppl in the arts . Stuck up , pompuse , insulting nobody's .

Politeness is a form of insult and i have no time for pretentious ppl


We're not all like that, Glenn.
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Message 1564215 - Posted: 29 Aug 2014, 5:20:00 UTC - in response to Message 1564182.  

Well i haven't and after reading that i know why . Another crack pot .

You don't have to be a brainiac to see it's all B/S Gooba Gaba

Another arty farty person who thought he was better than every one else .


I have very little time for so called ppl in the arts . Stuck up , pompuse , insulting nobody's .

Politeness is a form of insult and i have no time for pretentious ppl


Why, Glenn, so nice to see ye matey! I am sooo sorry you're offended by my well-formed, hyper-developed corpus callosum, allowing me to be both supra-logical and yet fairly artistically inclined. Thus, I shall politely decline from posting much. :)

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Message 1564233 - Posted: 29 Aug 2014, 6:41:58 UTC - in response to Message 1564206.  

Yes Hev some are ok . I just don't like the 1 that think there better and hide behind politeness .
You don't seem to be like that
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Message 1564238 - Posted: 29 Aug 2014, 6:47:04 UTC - in response to Message 1564215.  

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work that out seeing as you have such a big corpus callosum should not be to hard
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Message 1564280 - Posted: 29 Aug 2014, 9:25:25 UTC

With articles like that & the responses to it, it's no wonder racism still exists.
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Message 1564286 - Posted: 29 Aug 2014, 9:54:16 UTC

A white male European born in the 19th century turns out to be a racist? Surely you are joking?!

On a more serious note, why are there still schools around that base their educational philosophy on theories that treat Atlantis and Lemura like real things?
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Message 1564291 - Posted: 29 Aug 2014, 10:08:34 UTC - in response to Message 1564286.  

A white male European born in the 19th century turns out to be a racist? Surely you are joking?!

On a more serious note, why are there still schools around that base their educational philosophy on theories that treat Atlantis and Lemura like real things?


Okay, I was joking, after all, we all known that White Male Europeans of that time were the most upright & honest people on the planet.

On a more sirius note, you meant to tell me that there are still schools today with their heads stuck in the cloud?
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Message 1564312 - Posted: 29 Aug 2014, 10:50:34 UTC - in response to Message 1564291.  

On a more sirius note, you meant to tell me that there are still schools today with their heads stuck in the cloud?

Yeah, never heard of Waldorf and Steiner schools?
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Message 1564314 - Posted: 29 Aug 2014, 10:53:08 UTC - in response to Message 1564312.  

Sorry, I was being sarcastic.
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Message 1564429 - Posted: 29 Aug 2014, 16:00:30 UTC

Very good thread Sten-Arne! Thanx:) Rudolf Steiner was a very wise man!
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Message 1564453 - Posted: 29 Aug 2014, 16:35:11 UTC - in response to Message 1564429.  

Very good thread Sten-Arne! Thanx:) Rudolf Steiner was a very wise man!

He seems like someone who spent a little too much time in the woods eating mushrooms.

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Message 1564467 - Posted: 29 Aug 2014, 16:45:52 UTC - in response to Message 1564453.  

Very good thread Sten-Arne! Thanx:) Rudolf Steiner was a very wise man!

He seems like someone who spent a little too much time in the woods eating mushrooms.

...and seen "burning bushes"
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Very good thread Sten-Arne! Thanx:) Rudolf Steiner was a very wise man!


A wise man??

He was a racist amongst other very bad traits, and if you say that makes him a wise man, then maybe it's time for you to word clear "Wise man"

Anthroposophy and Waldorf is elitistic, and racist to the core. Rudolf Steiner was a very very bad man, and anyone believing otherwise, should read a bit more about what Steiner wrote.

But I guess you didn't bother to read anything from the links which showed what he thought about different races.

Does that perhaps have anything to do with the close proximity of the following?:

"In 1995 there was a scandal in the Netherlands when it became publicly known that Dutch Waldorf schools were teaching "racial ethnography," where children learn that the "black race" has thick lips and a sense of rhythm and that the "yellow race" hides its emotions behind a permanent smile. In 1994 the Steinerite lecturer Rainer Schnurre, at one of his frequent seminars for the anthroposophist adult school in Berlin, gave a talk with the rather baffling title "Overcoming Racism and Nationalism through Rudolf Steiner." Schnurre emphasized the essential differences between races, noted the "infantile" nature of blacks, and alleged that due to immutable racial disparities "no equal and global system can be created for all people on earth" and that "because of the differences between races, sending aid to the developing world is useless."

How anyone can call Steiner a wise man, is beyond me, and I'm sure beyond most people...

I bet it itches in your fingers, to use those extra buttons you have in front of you....
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Message 1564487 - Posted: 29 Aug 2014, 17:40:39 UTC - in response to Message 1564470.  
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Very good thread Sten-Arne! Thanx:) Rudolf Steiner was a very wise man!


A wise man??

He was a racist amongst other very bad traits, and if you say that makes him a wise man, then maybe it's time for you to word clear "Wise man"

Anthroposophy and Waldorf is elitistic, and racist to the core. Rudolf Steiner was a very very bad man, and anyone believing otherwise, should read a bit more about what Steiner wrote.

But I guess you didn't bother to read anything from the links which showed what he thought about different races.

Does that perhaps have anything to do with the close proximity of the following?:

"In 1995 there was a scandal in the Netherlands when it became publicly known that Dutch Waldorf schools were teaching "racial ethnography," where children learn that the "black race" has thick lips and a sense of rhythm and that the "yellow race" hides its emotions behind a permanent smile. In 1994 the Steinerite lecturer Rainer Schnurre, at one of his frequent seminars for the anthroposophist adult school in Berlin, gave a talk with the rather baffling title "Overcoming Racism and Nationalism through Rudolf Steiner." Schnurre emphasized the essential differences between races, noted the "infantile" nature of blacks, and alleged that due to immutable racial disparities "no equal and global system can be created for all people on earth" and that "because of the differences between races, sending aid to the developing world is useless."

How anyone can call Steiner a wise man, is beyond me, and I'm sure beyond most people...

I bet it itches in your fingers, to use those extra buttons you have in front of you....


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