8826Spengler/Fukoyama and McWorld
- Jul 3, 2003Dear Friends;
Ozzie Spengler used a Faustian motif in his "Decline of the West" and
Racism to prove his version of the end of history. Steiner, and we
who carry the Michael Impulse see what Steiner fought against, rising
again. The thread surfaces again in Fukoyama in his "End of History".
Anthros are dealing with this subject in the person of Nicanor Perlas.
"In this "stem cell wars" we clearly see a battle of
worldviews. McWorld says that the human being is just genetic
material, and, therefore does not see ethical problems with the
biotech procedure. "What's the ethical problem?! The human being is
just a biochemical machine. Its parts get worn out so we are merely
replace it with spare parts derived from stem cells. So what's the
Civitas, of course, will say. "No, human beings are not
biochemical machines. They are spiritual beings which cannot be
reduced to genetic sequences.
There is a very interesting footnote in this battle. The
apologist of McWorld, Francis Fukuyama, has written a more recent
book. In the book, The End of History, Fukoyama wrote that humanity
has now reached the end of history. Why? The epochal battle between
communism and capitalism is finished. Capitalism and the liberal
form of democracy won. There is no more history, because all of
history was just a struggle between that, those social forms. This is
a bit of a simplification of Fukuyama's view but this is it in
But in his recent work, Fukuyama re-adjusts his views. He
admits that he has made a mistake. He writes that miscalculated the
rapid evolutionary trajectory of gene technology. Specifically
Fukuyama was concerned about the impacts of germline therapy in
medicine. In germline genetic therapy, the traits achieved through
genetic manipulation are transferred to the next generation.
Fukuyama writes that he has made a mistake because the end of
history will come from another arena of life. In essence he is
concerned that the end of history is coming because, with genetic
manipulation of the human being, it will be the end of human beings
as we know them. With this radical transformation of the human being,
then it will be the end of history as we conventionally know it. 
This is a shocking statement from a prophet of the neo-liberal
capitalist McWorld. For him the end of history would not come through
capitalism as we understood it but it's going to become the end
through biotechnological manipulation of the human being. We will no
longer have the human being as we understand what human being to be.
So there is in humanity today a battle not only a battle of
stem cells. What we are seeing is a battle for the very soul and
spirit of humanity.
For Civitas this is the essence of their whole challenge to the
elite globalization of McWorld. They see that McWorld suppresses the
true human spirit and individuality. They resist McWorld in the
latter's attempt to banish the human spirit to a biochemical
mechanical prison. Combined with the rights to patent human life,
for Civitas, McWorld is imposing a high tech, modern form of slavery."
Three differnt labels and tags are used to describe the problem of
how general heading concepts cover a vast arena of activity of three
different world perspectives. McWorld or the McDonald's concept
covers one of them that Perlas hammers away at.
Tara, my wife, is McDonald's. I squirm everytime I read "McWorld"
that Perlas drops in his essay every other sentence. I squirm, not
because Tara is guilty as charged, but because like everyone else, I
would have easily used McDonalds as an over riding conceptual idea of
spreading materialistic values myself.
But one of the curious problems of Americanism and Imperialism is
understanding that my now 83 year old father, also helped the
founder, Ray Kroc, start his McDonald's empire when I was just a boy
in 1955 to 1958 when hamburgers were 15 cents. I discovered all this
as Tara and I looked through the destiny connections we held in
common. Something in the American Michael Spirit tied us together, it
was curious and it remains intersting.
Tara has worked for McDonalds since her first job. Her whole life
now. She is itching to try something different. We have discussed
together the life factor of corporations.. the 50 odd years of a
corporations expanding shelf life, and how the giant global flagship
of American Imperialism, as lumped under the heading of McWorld view,
has reached a saturation point of expansion and profit taking. This
is curious, this product growth and development that comes to a
saturation point and where profits equalize themselves. McDonald's
stocks are down presently.
But more importantly Tara and I have discussed the American virtue
that is latent in her, as say, representing the best of America. If
we determine qualities of the American Folk Spirt, better qualities,
Tara qualifies. We have discussed her school at Texas A & M, which
she is a very loyal to and my relation with the Michael School. I
always brag about the Michael School and since Tara is fairly brainy,
I tease her about all that Horatio common learning that current
education is missing. But what I have praised her on, as being the
stuff of the American Folk, having never been to Europe, she is a
rich and ethical cut from Texas and North Dakota that really carries
some of the best of the American Folk Soul. Plus she is McDonald's,
at least a humanized portion this idea of McWorld. Not only that, she
doesn't consider me mad at all, well not too mad anyway, when I talk
anthro talk and she loves Waldorf Education. Our justice of the Peace
was good Anthro Bobby and most of my pals are anthros.
For the wedding and reception I made a Power Point presentation
showing how we met and her connections to Texas A&M and mine to
Dornach and the Goetheanum. A great deal of sprinkled McDonald's was
in there because there is such a thing as "Hamburger University"
which executives who run McDonalds get degrees from.
I, being American, Euro Trash, showed it to various and sundry
participants in the wedding. It is laced with humor. It is a slide
show about how our two stars came together. It is not always easy to
show the connection between the Michael School, obscure, unheard of
and the rah, rah of a great American University. Everyone knows of
the various American universiies but when I proudly say, I graduated
from the Goetheanum, there is a stunned, dear in the headlights look
from everybody. So I had to make a fun presentation that could be
grasped by any typical person who wonders where the heck I came from.
Tara has an MBA in finance and I am constantly at gatherings with the
giant CEO's of McWorld. But the development of Tara from flipping
burgers to working nights, days, and paying for her schooling through
Texas A&M and becoming manager and now managing some 100 stores
brings to heart and mind the interesting and sensitive ideas that the
McWorld enemy of the universe means to me personally and what it
means as a tag line, a general label for American Imperialism.
I have written an intimate portrait of my karmic relationship with
Tara and how it led to the gravesite of my Dead Mother, who died when
I was three and was buried in OakBrook Illinois. It was this strange
intersection of events that allowed me to discover and visit for the
first time, my mother's grave. Tara had won a giant International
award at the McWorld capitol in OakBrook Illinois. In some twist of
fate, we located the grave of my mother less than a mile from where I
had my first job in OakBrook shopping center.
But within her management style, was something that everyone admires,
but nobody can pin-point, is how she inspires souls entering through
the low rung of a burger turner and the brunt of jokes through out
the world, that allows others a warm nurturing space with an upward
potential. There is a Christ element in the management style that no
one can actually pin point, but Tara and I have discussed it many
times. Real Civitas comes to mind.
So with that said, naturally I see Corporations as both bad and good
and people involved with American economic and product development
can be bad or good. I often tease Tara because my X wife Susan, now
in Norway, was one of the finest Anthro nutritionists in the world,
so the comparison between burgers and biodynamics is not even on the
map. Susan went to the Goetheanum with me and she was an American who
I led up to Dornach from where we met and had children in England.
So while I understand exactly what American Roman Imperialism is and
I understand what Perlas is saying and what the issues of our age
are, I am standing next to a real slice of the American, the best
part of the American folk and also understand, through our
relationship how I too have been woven into the American Folk from
the early beginnings of McDonalds and that it's development reflects
a 50 year odd run that comes to saturation into the world. I started
in Illinois and the large puzzle all slowly fits together into a
forming biographical vision.
Spengler and Fukoyama depict symptoms that have indeed become
vehicles for the new American Imperialism. Steiner confronted
Spengler and it would be hard for many souls to see that Fukoyama is
saying the same Ahrimanic symptom from a Goethean aspect as Spengler
was when Steiner was alive. But Anthro's are on it. Even if to get on
it and to view it intimately, one can see into the very complexities
that allow one to call McWorld, the flagship for evil Imperialism.
It allows me to see the inner workings of American Spiritual
Scientific karma in a rather intimate way. Flaunting Perlas essay in
Tara's face wouldn't do any good. But the concepts contained in
Spengler and Fukoyama are truly symptomatic and lead humanity away
from a Goethean world view. Where as, Tara and I are weaving
ourselves from within McWorld and Waldorf and TExas A&M and the
Goetheanum, into a rich Goethean world view.
I would be forced to speak differently about it, while understanding
completely the paradigm that Perlas is using to outline Three
distinct global Interests. The difference is that the concepts I
would normally pin on giant corporations, such as Enron have allowed
me to see exactly what Thoreau meant. Corporations can be moral if
run by moral individuals or immoral if run by immoral individuals and
it really does depend on how a person is thinking and what they have
been exposed to on the intimate trail of their karmic biographies.
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