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  • rickbobbs
    Dear Folks; The numerous postings by Peter Staudenmaier claiming to expose Rudolf Steiner as an arch-racist, give important insight into the educational
    Message 1 of 3 , Mar 16, 2005
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      Dear Folks;
      The numerous postings by Peter Staudenmaier
      claiming to expose Rudolf Steiner as an arch-racist, give important
      insight into the educational methodologies proposed by this teacher,
      and the PLANS group who certainly approve of him, in contrast to what
      Waldorf schools offer that they so stridently oppose.
      There are many examples, as for instance
      Staudenmaier's claim that the Nazis persecuted the Ariosophists,
      Thule Society, and other white racist organizations. Immediately we
      see the respect he holds for his audience - he's no less than
      proposing that the Nazis persecuted the Nazis, and thinks no one will
      call to mind the `night of the long knives'. The Nazis no more
      persecuted these white racists than they persecuted their own
      brownshirts. The Nazis didn't persecute these groups, they
      exterminated a potentially rival leadership and assimilated a
      tractile membership into their own ranks. Staudenmaier knows this,
      and has consciously lied merely to be able to associate the
      name `Anthroposophy' with these groups. He knows there are Nazi
      records to the effect that there was no question of assimilating the
      Anthroposophical Society into Nazism, any more than the freemasons,
      Jews, communists, etc., and so they were all persecuted throughout.
      To equate the paranoid extermination of like-minded leadership and
      assimilation of members (these groups did not need to exist because
      the Nazis did what they wanted better), to equate that with a
      persecution that totally rejects, is a conscious lie intended, not to
      educate, but to misinform and create prejudice.

      And don't we have a long road of misinformation
      (mal-education) to travel. I can only take a few beginning steps,
      right now. Another example is the repeated claim that Dr. Steiner
      borrowed, or owed, or derived basic content of his reports from
      Blavatsky and other Theosophists. This unsupported and unsupportable
      statement is always presented in a condescending manner and is used
      to introduce distorted fragments from wholly outside Steiner's work,
      as if they represent what his roots were.
      Well, Steiner insisted throughout his life that
      he reached his observations in an independent manner that relied on a
      clearly and repeatedly described philosophical method. He then tested
      his observations in light of the evidence of others, for years if not
      decades. He accorded much more unqualified credit to the likes of
      Goethe, Hegel, Thomas Aquinas, Francis of Assisi, Moses, Pythagoras,
      etc., than he ever did to Blavatsky, and he positively warns about
      her successors. He states flatly and repeatedly that he neither
      approached the Theosophical Society, nor had anything to gain from
      it. On the contrary, he considered its founder, and especially later
      leaders, as confused, chaotic and prey to dubious spiritually
      investigative techniques. When invited to join, he did so on the
      basis of the spiritual wasteland of the time, the fact that he could
      recognize certain details which, though distorted, he could
      independently affirm, and on the hope of the clearly stated aims
      which the founders of that Society insisted on, that is:
      1) To form a nucleus of
      the universal brotherhood, without distinction of race, creed, sex,
      caste or colour.
      2) To encourage the
      study of comparative religion, philosophy and science.
      3) To investigate
      unexplained laws of nature, and the powers latent in human beings.

      Boy! I can see the racists in their
      thousands flocking to march under that banner, can't you? Well....
      can't you? No?
      Yet that is exactly what PLANS, and Staudenmaier,
      propose again and again. And it is equally ludicrous to propose any
      racist attraction to the modern Anthroposophical statutes:

      #4 The Anthroposophical
      Society is in no sense a secret society, but is entirely public.
      Anyone can become a member, without regard to nationality, social
      standing, religion, scientific or artistic conviction, who considers
      as justified the existence of an institution such as the Goetheanum
      in Dornach, in its capacity as a School of Spiritual Science. The
      Anthroposophical Society rejects any kind of sectarian activity.
      Party politics it considers not to be its

      And of course these educators won't tell you that the
      faulty educational methods employed by the Theosophists led to such a
      farcical fraud that Steiner had to rightly object, and so was forced
      out and had to help develop the independent group. Staudenmaier and
      PLANS won't tell you these things because they are using related,
      faulty educational methods themselves to foist their own fraud, and
      they think they can manipulate their audience enough to assume that
      people won't investigate facts for themselves.

      What exactly do these people mean by `racist'
      and `racism' anyway? This is most interesting. Throughout, the terms
      are used solely in association with bits and pieces of Steiner's
      work, chopped up to the point of inserting `quoted words' in
      sentences made up for their own purposes. The only racists otherwise
      referred to are the widely advertised `white aryan' cults who's
      pathetic, unhealthy habits are media fodder. But now we come up
      against a really bold-faced Staudenmaier lie, in that there is a
      continual equation made between Steiner's use of the word Aryan and
      the use of the word by white racists. This is a wholly conscious lie,
      designed to mis-educate.
      As he well knows, Steiner uses the term Aryan to
      encompass seven great groups of people: 1) the East Indians, 2) the
      Persians, 3) the Assyrians, Babylonians, Chaldeans (whence Jews and
      Arabs) and Egyptians, 4) the Greeks and Romans, 5) the Anglo-Saxons &
      Germanics, 6) the Slavic peoples, and 7) the American First Nations.
      Go ask the white racist sects, with whom PLANS and Staudenmaier
      continually equate Steiner, to go march under that banner! The Nazis
      couldn't.... actually no racist of any stripe could, but the lying
      educational methodology supported by PLANS foists the preposterous
      notion that Steiner's explicitly transient, inclusive and non-
      aggressive use of the word Aryan is the same as the explicitly
      dogmatic, segregationist and aggressive use of the term by white
      racist groups, who have as little interest in the truth as
      Staudenmaier does
      And this impossibility of racists actually employing
      Steiner's work, in any other way than the butchered, hate-mongering
      form used by Staudenmaier, is easily shown by an actual thorough,
      open-minded review of all that Steiner had to say about the nature of
      race overall, and also of what he saw as essentials of inter-human

      But we're still left wondering, what do these people
      actually claim as racist? If they include the frank description of
      racial qualities, both desirable and undesirable (Steiner discusses
      lots of desirable qualities, but these are hidden or scoffed at
      as `contradictory') - if frank racial descriptions are to be exposed
      as `racist', then these boys and girls better sharpen their pencils
      and warm up their computers, because there's a whole army out there
      to warn people about. Just review what archaeologists describe as
      magnificent ruins left by superior races and how they describe the
      primitive, backward relicts left by savage, barbaric races. Steiner
      is accused of racism when he points out that savage tribes today are
      declining left-overs of prehistoric races, but this same fact is
      elaborated innumerable times by historians, anthropologists and
      evolutionary biologists. Geo-political scientists, comparative
      religionists, geneticists, epidemiologists, etc. all provide a wealth
      of terms and descriptions that could quite as easily be twisted to
      appear `racist'.
      Nowhere in Dr. Steiner's frank descriptions can we find
      any call to racist segregation, hatred or attack against any
      individual or group - the fact that he describes hate-filled groups
      that will segregate themselves and attack others is a warning. Racist
      implications are all suggested and insinuated from outside
      by `introductions', `headings', and `explanations' from Staudenmaier.
      Steiner's descriptions are actually warnings of intrinsic qualities
      that must be, and can be, overcome to avoid future misery and strife.
      In fact, if you subtract all the so-called anti-racist
      activity that Staudenmaier directs against Steiner, you are left with
      an embarrassingly paltry anti-racial effort, that leaves the real
      sources, and instigators, of racism quite untouched. In fact, the
      whole anti-racial stance of this group is sheer fraud. The truth of
      this seemingly extreme assertion is made evident in that Dr. Steiner
      gives us far, far more information to use in our fight against racism
      than they even attempt, which these people try to hide from us,
      or `sneer away'. To give merest beginning examples, let's start with
      Staudenmaier's complete perversion of the explicitly anti-racist
      Ahasuerus, or Ahasver, legend which he tries to fool us into thinking
      is racist and anti-Semitic.
      We must be perfectly clear that Christianity was the
      first world-view that was able to accomplish in the West, what
      Buddhism had begun in the East - that is, to break the strangle-hold
      that the old racist Pagan religions held on humanity for millennia.
      For this reason, Christ Jesus, the Jew, was rightly viewed as the
      representative of the universal brotherhood of humanity. The legend
      runs thus: Christ was struck and rejected by Ahasver, as He laboured
      on his way to be crucified, and so Ahasver was condemned to harden in
      his race. That is, the Jew Ahasver rejected the Jew, Christ Jesus,
      not because He was a different race, but because Ahasver was a Jewish
      racist who hated the universal brotherhood He represented. Steiner
      lifted this out of its specific Jewish racist context to point out
      that racists of any stripe that reject advances towards the universal
      humanity brought by great leaders, preferring their own racial
      characteristics, will harden in the narrower limits of those
      characteristics. He also expanded this warning by insisting that if
      xenophobic racists like Ahasver (that even reject members of their
      own race who embrace other races), if these arch-racists succeed in
      maintaining their introverted racial rejection of human brotherhood
      for the next 4000 - 5000 years, then the changed conditions of life
      of those times will force their independent, highly self-conscious
      personal ego to become enslaved in a narrowly racially circumscribed,
      animalistic `group-ego'. We are assured that this will entail
      exceptional hardship for those involved, including the much
      abused `war of all against all', and that it will be very difficult
      to ameliorate. Whatever else you may think of these ideas, they are
      certainly a strong warning against racism in any form.
      Staudenmaier completely hides this stark, anti-racist message and
      chops the whole story into perverted pieces so he can proclaim
      Steiner, and the legend, racist and `anti-Semitic'. This is only one
      clear sign of the sheer fraud of his, and his PLANS supporters, self-
      proclaimed anti-racism. Their only interest in `racism', period, is
      that it's the only way to attack Steiner's work and pervert it into
      an emotionally charged, hate-mongering and therefore headline
      grabbing issue.
      They are also not likely to soon tell us that Steiner
      said, flat out, that when it comes to social issues, Germans are
      either hopeless idealists, or colossal liars; nor that he insisted
      that the leading `races' of any cultural epoch must maintain the
      highest moral standard or they themselves fall to the deepest
      depravity (ring any bells?).
      And it's Dr. Steiner, not them, who will give us the
      following advice, which would make any racist choke!.....
      "But in order to grasp this, one must understand that
      in the outer sense world men can eliminate the antagonistic attitude
      arising from their differences of opinion, feelings and actions only
      by combating and adjusting within themselves all that would otherwise
      flow out into the external world. No one is going to quarrel with a
      different opinion in the soul of another if he first fights against
      all that must be combated in himself, if he establishes harmony among
      the various principles of his being. He will confront the outer world
      as one who loves, not as one who quarrels. It is all a matter of
      diverting the conflict from the outer world to the inner man. The
      forces holding sway in human nature must battle each other within
      "Two conflicting opinions must be looked at as
      follows: This is one opinion, it is tenable. That is the other, it is
      also tenable. But if I recognize only the one and consider
      justifiable only what I want, then I shall be involved in a struggle
      on the physical plane. To affirm my own opinion alone is to be
      selfish; to consider my actions the only justifiable ones means being
      egotistical. If I consider the other man's opinion and endeavor to
      create harmony within myself, my attitude toward the other will then
      be a very different one. Only then will I begin to understand him.
      Diverting external strife into another channel - the harmonizing of
      inner human forces - that would be another way of expressing the idea
      of progress in the evolution of mankind." (4 July 1909, in: The
      Gospel of St. John and Its Relation to the Other Gospels, 1982, The
      Anthroposophic Press, pp.209-210)
      Next we come to some real `meat and potatoes' of
      PLANS', and Staudenmaier's, fraudulent educational methods. For what
      do they claim, over and over? That anthroposophists are hiding and
      sanitizing - that is, selectively presenting - Steiner's work. The
      sick joke of this claim is made evident by asking one simple
      question.... Where, then, do these pretend experts get all the so-
      called damning evidence they have regarding Steiner's work? Have
      they snuck into some secret vault, or received brown envelopes from
      some guilt-ridden insider?
      No! These passages all come from freely available
      texts provided with the assistance of the Anthroposophical Society.
      It is Staudenmaier and his cohorts at PLANS who butcher, hide and
      distort. A great example are lectures said to be crucial examples of
      Steiner's racism not yet translated into English. So does he grace us
      with a full presenting of these lectures? Not a chance. Given the
      vast amount that he has posted all over, and the seriousness with
      which he claims to view the issue, we can't suppose that it would
      have been too great an effort for him to type these up. Indeed, he
      has time to dig up poor old Blavatsky, and lay some of her shreds at
      Steiner's feet. It's clearly not in his interest to actually present
      any full accounting of Steiner, even to the point of individual
      lectures - in his view, we're too likely to make up our own minds, so
      we need a carefully weeded version, framed in suitable language of
      his to incite shock and disgust.... in short, hate-mongering.
      This educational method is applied to all Dr.
      Steiner's work cited, carefully omitting or discounting crucial
      qualifying concepts which totally eliminate and reverse, racist
      implications. These pathetic liars better pray there's no
      reincarnation, but at any event it's not part of their educational
      agenda to inform you that Steiner insisted that karmic balance is
      maintained, by those who hate a race in one lifetime being reborn in
      that race in the next. Nor are they going to give any credence to
      Steiner's insistence that souls actually do go through Kamaloka after
      death, where they truly reap as they sowed; nor to his repeated view
      that the only justifiable role for the leading culture is to develop
      love, compassion and self-sacrifice to the highest degree, and that
      variance from this will bring dire consequences; nor the whole core
      of moral implications which really occupy the vast output of his work.
      Not a chance! PLANS and Staudenmaier merely sneer
      that these are `invoked doctrine', supposedly used by Steiner to
      sanitize and sugar-coat their invented so-called `core teaching of
      Here's a brief example : "That which manifested itself
      to the shepherds and hovered above the head of the Nathan Jesus
      extended its power into John the Baptist, whose preaching was
      primarily the re-awakened preaching of Buddha. This fact is in the
      highest degree noteworthy and cannot fail to make a deep impression
      upon us when we recall the sermon at Benares wherein Buddha spoke of
      the suffering in life and the release from it through the Eightfold
      Path. He often expanded a sermon by saying in effect: `Hitherto you
      have had the teaching of the Brahmans; they ascribe their origin to
      Brahma himself and claim to be superior to other men because of this
      noble descent. These Brahmans claim that a man's worth is determined
      by his descent, but I say to you: Man's worth is determined by what
      he makes of himself, not by what is in him by virtue of his descent.
      Judged by the great wisdom of the world, man's worth lies in whatever
      he makes of himself as an individual!' - Buddha aroused the wrath of
      the Brahmans because he emphasized the individual quality in men,
      saying: `Verily it is of no avail to call yourselves Brahmans; what
      matters is that each one of you, through his own personal qualities
      and efforts should make of himself a purified individual'. Although
      not word for word, such was the gist of many of Buddha's sermons. And
      he would often expand this teaching by showing how, when a man
      understands the world of suffering, he can feel compassion, can
      become a comforter and a helper, how he shares the lot of others
      because he knows that he is feeling the same suffering and the same
      pain." (20 Sept. 1909, in: The Gospel of St. Luke, 1964, Rudolf
      Steiner Press, pg. 120)

      "Strange as it may seem, it is nevertheless true that
      all the philosophical and moral teachings since produced by humanity
      are no more than a feeble beginning of what was established by
      Buddha. However greatly people may admire different philosophies,
      however fervent their enthusiasm may be for Kantian thought and other
      such systems - everything is elementary compared with the all-
      embracing principles of the Eightfold Path. Humanity can only slowly
      reach the stage of understanding what lies behind the words of this
      teaching. At the right moment something of this kind is established
      in the world for the first time; from this point evolution advances
      and humanity acquires, but only after long ages, what was first
      exemplified in a mighty deed. Thus in his day Buddha brought to the
      world the teaching of love and compassion as a token for coming
      generations of human beings who must gradually acquire the capacity
      to recognize and understand from within themselves the principles of
      the Eightfold Path." (24 Sept. 1909, in: ibid, pp. 155-156)

      "We have heard that Buddha brought to mankind the
      great teaching of compassion and love. Here is one of the instances
      where what is said in occultism must be taken exactly as it stands,
      for otherwise it might be objected that at one time Christ is said to
      have brought love to the Earth, and at another that Buddha brought
      the teaching of love. But is that the same? On one occasion I said
      that Buddha brought the teaching of love to the Earth and on another
      occasion that Christ brought love itself as a living power to the
      Earth. That is the great difference. Close attention is necessary
      when the deepest concerns of humanity are being considered; for
      otherwise what happens is that information given in one place is
      presented elsewhere in a quite different form...." (25 Sept. 1909,
      in: ibid, pg.172)

      What is it called when someone ignores, discredits,
      and hides everything that another person says, except what they can
      twist into a bad light...., according to Staudenmaier and PLANS, it's

      Finally, for now, one of the really educationally
      damaging fraudulent claims made again and again by this group, is
      that Dr. Steiner is to be despised, discounted and ridiculed for
      contradictory statements, as though this was a sure sign of
      falsehood. Aside from several invented, phony `contradictions', one
      is left wondering, then, when this group so sanctimoniously concerned
      with sound education, will start railing against biologists for
      claiming that the flight of the bumblebee is aerodynamically
      impossible, or physiologists for insisting that the only way we see
      is through a microscopic, inverted image at the back of our eyes -
      when what we experience as sight is a macroscopically detailed, right-
      side-up view projected into space, or astronomers for saying they
      need three mutually exclusive calculations to correctly predict the
      suns' position through the year? When will they sneer, `and here he
      goes again contradicting himself', the next time they hear a doctor
      say that he can use a poison to make someone healthy, or a physicist
      describe light as a particle and a wave, or expound on the several
      contradictory forms of sulfur that exist at the same temperature and
      The real world abounds with contradictions, and
      you cripple students in life if you teach them to reject them or
      cover them up, instead of open-mindedly and persistently
      investigating them avoiding easy theories and preconceptions. But of
      course, Staudenmaier, and his PLANS cohorts, are not interested in
      actual education, otherwise they wouldn't expect us to `learn' from
      such a pathetically picked-over shred of Steiner's work, carefully
      framed by them to incite prejudice.

      Take care, Give care
      Be aware....... And beware. Rick
    • Lee A.
      This is by far the best critical response I have seen in years and thank you for it. Into my archives it goes - for future dissemination if called for by
      Message 2 of 3 , Mar 19, 2005
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        This is by far the best critical response I have seen in years and thank you for it. Into my archives it goes - for future dissemination if called for by others.

        rickbobbs <rickbobbs@...> wrote:

        Dear Folks;
                             The numerous postings by Peter Staudenmaier
        claiming to expose Rudolf Steiner as an arch-racist, give important
        insight into the educational methodologies proposed by this teacher,
        and the PLANS group who certainly approve of him, in contrast to what
        Waldorf schools offer that they so stridently oppose.
                             There are many examples, as for instance .......

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      • Daniel Hindes
        I ve been working with Staudenmaier s writing for some time, and have to agree. I even went so far as to take one of his articles point for point and show how
        Message 3 of 3 , Apr 8, 2005
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          I've been working with Staudenmaier's writing for some time, and have
          to agree. I even went so far as to take one of his articles point for
          point and show how none of his assertions were supported by the actual
          documentary evidence in Steiner's work. You can read the results (if
          you care to - it can get quite tedious) at:
          <a href="http://www.defendingsteiner.com/refutations/anthroposophy-

          Daniel Hindes
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