Re: [anthroposophy] Genoa: The Truth Must Get Out, by Stefano
- Dear Starman,
I'm afraid your views expressed here are entirely inaccurate.
Who is protesting? It is not just elite Western middle class people. Yes, a
certain portion of the movement fits this description, but there was also a
large working class presence in Genoa, as well as a large presence of youth
(who themselves are not middle class), and a large presence of the
marginalized and the urban dispossessed (check out Naomi Klein's article at Z
Net). Moreover, protesters came from all over Europe and North America and
also came from South America. I cannot confirm that African and Asian
representatives were present, but I'm sure they were to some degree.
Moreover, if you go to Indymedia you will find that solidarity demonstrations
have occured around the world, from Portland, Oregon, to Argentina. To be
exact, solidarity demonstrations occured in the following locations:
"Solidarity demonstrations against the G8 summit and the police violence
that has characterized it, have been organized worldwide in Amsterdam,
Athens, Barcelona, Bologna, Boston, Brussels, Buenos Aires, Finland,
Greece, Helsinki, Istanbul, London, Los Angeles, Madison, WI, Manchester,
Melbourne, Miami, Milan, Montreal, Naperville, IL, New York, Oslo, Paris,
Peru, Philadelphia, Portland, Rome, Salzburg, S�o Paulo, San
Francisco/Berkeley, Stockholm, Sydney, Toronto, Turkey, Urbana, IL,
Vancouver, Vienna, and Washington DC and in many other cities in Austria,
Canada, Germany, Italy, UK, USA, and elsewhere." (Souce, Indymedia)
As for the idea that the Third World is despirate for a piece of the free
trade pie? This is also a gross distortion of reality. Yes, elites in the
Third World want to enter into free trade agreements like the FTAA, but who
speaks for the people? What is it that they want? Do you think Korean
workers, who regularly battle police in the streets, want a piece of pie?
Third World countries the world over attempted in the post-colonial period to
assert national identities and many to form valid social democratic systems.
Many even attempted to initiate real socialism, which is not contrary to the
destiny of the freedom of the individual. Take Nicargua, for example.
All of this is not to say that I fully agree with the approach the
anti-corporate led globalization is taking. I feel protest is grossly
outweighing efforts to build the movement independent of governments, which
is the only way we will move toward a better world and threefolding. I
certainly do not sympathize with the violent factions like the Black Bloc.
However, the point of my posting RE: Genoa was not to support violent
protest, but to reveal what the mass media and governments are hiding from
Besides, I think it would be a travesty for an Anthroposophical group to pass
over a world event as significant and disturbing as Genoa without at least
attempting to share our views, knowledge, and spiritual insights.
>Besides, I think it would be a travesty for an Anthroposophical group to passMy 2 cents (of a Mexican Peso, of course):
>over a world event as significant and disturbing as Genoa without at least
>attempting to share our views, knowledge, and spiritual insights.
For those of you interested and able to understand spanish, there is an
excelent cartoon on the Genova events from one of Mexico's best journalists
at http://www.reforma.com/Carton/calderon/htm/20010722.htm. There Calderon
puts two pictures side by side, both famous: the one of the cornered Land
Rover been attacked by an anonimuos crowd (and the also anonimous armed arm
killing one of the crowd) and the other, the one of the single young men
stoping the tank in Bejin 1989, where Calderon notes that the dignity of
the manifestator induces that the person controling the tank find his own
human dignity and decides to stop the machine.
I have found that a middle path is normally the best alternative, and the
one that eventually finds its way and takes place. Changes in the world
are gradual, we already face global markets as opposed to local markets,
(and in truth, we have always been global, and have no other alternative
than being Global, from many perspectives: economic, environmental,
spiritual). (ie. "Global Village, Spaceship Earth", Gai, etc.)
The real problem is not globalization, but individual or group agendas that
try to derive benefits and priviledges from others. (economic, social,
natural resources, or just pretending to be the holders of Truth for a
while). That is the root problem for all human conflicts and the only
solution I forsee is the "unity of conciousness", which I am most certain
will come as a result of extremes finding a middle temporary solution,
until the extremes become gradually less extreme, and the middle will be
the common ground.
In Anthroposophic terms I see the globalophobics acting on a luciferic
impulse and the "8 plus Russia" acting on a arihmanic impulse, the solution
would be in the middle again, in the Christ impulse, and that is an impulse
of "unconditional Love", of unity, isn't?.
I see such conflicts as a learning experience for us Humans, a part of the
game we call life, which is nothing more than a Game of learning. No one
at the extremes is right, but there is a purpose for all.
(All of the above of course IMHO)