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  • starmann77@aol.com
    *******Yes. Check the statistics. Utah, close to last in spending, has some of the best education in the country.
    Message 1 of 3 , Apr 6, 2000
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      <<does less money make better teachers?>>

      *******Yes. Check the statistics. Utah, close to last in spending, has some
      of the best education in the country.

      Enact a voucher program to take money away from the comfortable monopoly
      of the government in education---a thing opposed by Steiner---and it'll get
      better.

      >1st in executions(avg.1 every 2 weeks for Bush's 5 years)

      Starmann replies:
      >>Do you prefer giving violent thugs 3 meals a day for life? Is there any
      >way, then, that you can voluntarily pay for it through charities, and leave
      the
      >rest of us out?

      Starmann, are you really calling people, human beings, "violent thugs"? And
      do you call yourself an anthroposophist, a Christian?

      *******Yes, I'll call violent thugs violent thugs when they are, and say
      that, whatever help one wishes to give them, society first needs to be
      protected from them. I would say the same for one who raped & murdered you.
      Again you act as if monolithic Christendom (not to mention all
      anthroposophists) has decided against all capital punishment. Poll the
      Christian churches ahd see otherwise. Liberals always think they have the
      only Golden Truth and everyone else is stupid for not agreeing. Well,
      everyone doesn't. If all Christians agreed, why weren't the big churches in
      Texas campaigning against the governor allowing executions?

      You can bring politics in if you wish, but not expecting everyone to agree
      with your opinions. If you think all anthroposophists are liberal Democrats,
      you're in for a surprise.

      Dr. Starman
      Libertarian Anthroposophist
    • starmann77@aol.com
      Message 2 of 3 , Apr 8, 2000
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        <Starman, (Libertarian Anthroposophist)
        I am surprised that you call yourself a Libertarian. I realize that
        Libertarians are not necessarily agnostic or atheistic, but many of the most
        prominent Libertarians act as though atheism is fundamental to
        Libertarianism. For example, look at the position of that Libertarian guru,
        Ayn Rand. Or the opinion of many Libertarians that there is nothing higher
        than the preservation of commerce. I would think they would call the Soul
        Calendar primitive superstition. Do you share your anthroposophical ideas
        with Libertarians? How do they go over?
        This is a genuine question. In the urban design field where I work, there is
        a large and vocal Libertarian opposition that adamantly supports sprawl.
        This sometimes seems like a matter of blind materialism, so I am curious
        what you think.
        I was also surprised by the following press release, which has nothing to do
        with Libertarianims, but everything to do with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's
        views on Natural Law and politics. The Maharishi posits that Natural Law
        supports the ideas of Fidel Castro.>>

        *******I am not surprised, because almost every religion I know has been
        taken over by the Ahrimanic forces and blindly leads its sheep in the
        direction of more socialism, more power for government (for everyone's good,
        of course!) and dictatorship. None believe in freedom, or else they would be
        free-market, for no one can advocate freedom without being free-market,
        though few realize it. (A Catholic priest, Bob Sirico, is an exception: he
        founded the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty in Detroit.)

        Speaking as an anthroposophist, I have absolutely no interest in what are
        called 'religions' today. Anthroposophy is not a religion. I wouldn't be
        interested in it if it was. Those who want a church have the Christian
        Community. I think it's a quite proper attitude to be agnostic or skeptical
        about all religions, or even, as Jesse Ventura said, to regard them as
        crutches for people too weak to face life as it is. People who need religions
        are too weak to walk the anthroposophic path of direct knowledge, but must
        fall back on blind faith.

        Libertarians go go only so far on such matters, but their field is
        economics and politics (and there they are supreme: compare the communist
        Greens Party started by anthroposophists). I share my spirit-perceptions with
        them whenever an individual seems open to it, just as with Catholics or
        whatever. Most people are not open to much of spiritual science, but the
        ideas of the Threefold Social Order are distinctly Libertarian (separate
        economics from government, free education from State control, etc.). However,
        even many anthroposophists voice anti-Threefold socialism, and Libertarians
        react quite rightly to any use of religion to advance left-leaning ideas.
        Karl Marx and his theocracy was enough.

        To take "religious" ideas and try to create a political philosophy from
        them almost always results in something that will not allow our modern
        economic system to work. This is because it has advanced beyond those old
        Pisces-Age ideas. Recall Steiner saying even Jesus did not understand
        economics. We Libertarians do. I have no problem with "urban sprawl" and
        oppose urban planning. Every city I've seen where "urban renewal" was done by
        the heavy hand of government has been decimated. Let free people evolve it
        themselves.

        BTW Ayn Rand was not a Libertarian. A lot of Libertarians like a lot of
        her ideas, along with Isabel Paterson, Rose Wilder Lane, and many others; but
        it's not a monolithic movement where all are Objectivists or agree on
        everything.

        Dr. Starman
      • starmann77@aol.com
        *******More political propaganda on the anthroposophy list, this time a screed from Joanne in favor of Al Gore, saying every media story about him is a
        Message 3 of 3 , May 2, 2000
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          *******More political propaganda on the anthroposophy list, this time a
          screed from Joanne in favor of Al Gore, saying every media story about him is
          a conspiracy which is why he's going to lose in November. Personally, I think
          Gore may be the cause; but regardless, it has nothing to do with
          anthroposophy unless you want to start demonizing the opposing party and
          saying it's "Ahriman", not a fun game.

          >At one recent White House event, Gore introduced Cisco Systems
          >CEO John Chambers, who he had met with privately earlier that day.
          > Gore told the audience how much he valued Chambers and one of
          > the products Cisco produced. But he mispronounced "routers" as
          > root-ers....
          > Gore has taken credit for popularizing the term "information
          >superhighway" ...
          >This business about Gore supposedly claiming to have invented the
          >Internet would be trivial, comparable to the question of whether Dan
          >Quayle really misspelled the word "potato", if it were not part of
          >such a pattern. The media by now has gone through numerous episodes
          >of echo-chamber hysteria, accusing time Gore of lying, exaggerating,
          >shading the truth, and even being mentally ill, based on stories
          >that were simply false. And not just arguably false or somewhat
          >false, but just plain factually-not-true false. You've heard them:
          >Al Gore falsely claimed to have inspired the novel "Love Story",
          >the author vehemently denied that what Gore said was true, and Gore
          >admitted that he had been making it up. Gore falsely claimed to
          >have worked on a farm as a child. Gore claimed to have discovered
          >Love Canal. And Gore claimed to have invented the Internet ...
          >When the media said something bad about Newt Gingrich -- instigated
          >in many cases, no doubt about it, by liberals using these same methods
          > -- Gingrich could count on massive air cover from the conservative media.
          > Clinton and Gore do have a few defenders in the media...
          > Their ultimate object of abuse is not Al Gore, or liberals, but rather the
          > healthy and sane parts of the abuser's own mind, which unless rescued will
          sink
          > into corruption and terror so profound that only God can really understand
          it.
          Ooooo-EEEEEEEEEE-oooooo.....
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