Hi again Tarjei, you wrote:
"There was nothing wrong with the passages you quoted; of course they
expressed what Steiner had in mind."
Okay, so we agree that what Steiner says in the texts I quoted is that individual souls undergo a process of self-improvement via successive incarnations in ever higher racial and ethnic forms, eventually moving toward a perfected human type. In his account, race development is tightly correlated to soul development; as souls become better, they incarnate in more advanced races and peoples. Lower races and peoples gradually die out as the mass of souls moves upward toward perfection, thus requiring more perfected bodies to house them. Souls that fail to develop themselves in a progressive fashion (by rejecting Christ, for instance) incarnate in lower racial and ethnic forms; Steiner names Chinese and Jews as examples. These backward peoples and races still have a residual function, as long as there are less developed souls that need to incarnate in declining and decadent racial and ethnic forms. Meanwhile, small select racial and ethnic groups
continue their development upward in order to host those souls that are advancing spiritually and approaching the ideal human type. Is that an accurate summary, in your view?
In reply to my observation that there is no such thing as going forward or backward in evolution, you wrote:
"Perhaps you should write your own evolutionary theory and see how well it catches on."
A very large number of contemporary evolutionary theorists already agree with "my" theory, Tarjei. It is one of the dominant approaches within the field. I recommend consulting the work of Stephen Jay Gould, Ernst Mayr, Steven Rose, Richard Lewontin, Ruth Hubbard, Evelyn Fox Keller, and Richard Levins, among others.
"No Peter, we do not agree on what Steiner taught about evolution, racial or otherwise, for the simple reason that you deny the influence of the
spiritual world in this context."
Don't be silly. Far from denying this, I emphasize that in Steiner's eyes the influence of the spiritual world on racial identity is crucial. That is exactly what makes his doctrine racist, in my view.
"You also deny that evolution involves any progress whatsoever, backwards or forwards."
Yes, indeed I do. That has nothing whatsoever to do with whether you and I agree about what Steiner taught. We both agree that Steiner believed that evolution is progressive.
Last, when I said that it would make more sense for you to explain why you think the ideology of higher races and lower races etc. is not racist, you wrote:
"I don't think the gods are racists."
So what? The question was simply: do you think that the idea of higher and lower races and advanced and backward races and so forth is racist? Try to keep in mind that you're speaking for yourself here, not for the gods.