Racism- What is it, and What's Wrong with it?
- Dear List,
Sune Nordwall has asked me to remove a copyrighted document
from the archive of this list. His email, in complete, is pasted
below. In this email he answers the query put to us by Leslie, in
relation to blondes having more fun.
Folk fear racism because they believe that imagined predjudices will
lead to disadvantages or even death of those considered to be of a
inferior race. From his early days Dr. Steiner declared that we
shouldn't judge a person by their race, sex, or creed- see The
Philosophy of Freedom. Steiner's philosophy champions the individual,
rather than what body or circumstance they happen to be in.
Also Dr. Steiner taught that there are no limits to compassion in
dealing with our fellow brothers and sisters. We are not bound to the
one physical body or circumstance, we live in all the races.
My son has a picture of a man with a " talks" bubble declaring "I've
made up my mind now, so don't confuse me with the facts". Libel laws
in some countries allow the truth as a defence, in others it is not.
In the realm of racism it is the same- the truth is not always a
defence. Fear has led to this "head in the sand" stance.
"The truth always rests on facts."
I've been notified that walkker9 has uploaded a page from my site as
document to the yahoo 'Anthroposophy' site at
At the end of the document, being a .doc form of an earlier version of
the page http://hem.passagen.se/thebee/comments/comments1.htm I
*Copyright 2001-2002: Sune Nordwall. This text, that expresses the
personal views of the author, may not be republished without the
expressed permission and consent of the copyright holder. Feel free to
put up a link to it though.*
That still holds.
Could you take away the document from the files area and instead write
to the Anthroposophy list, telling where the page I've written can be
found; http://hem.passagen.se/thebee/comments/comments1.htm ?
It is an effort to sort out some of the different aspects and meanings
of the concept of 'race' as found in the works by Steiner. The quote
question, that constitutes the origin of the discussion on the
Anthroposophy list, is taken from the anti-anthroposophical site
by Dan Dugan in SF, where it is quoted out of context as part of his
demagogical campaign against Waldorf education and anthroposophy.
A Melissa asks about it on the Anthroposophy list in a posting Sat Sep
27 found at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/anthroposophy/messages ->
The quote is - I think - taken from an ad hoc lecture by Steiner
a morning coffee break for the workmen, working to build the first
Goetheanum. It was held in response to a question from one of the
workers, being - according to my memory - _approximately_ (don't have
the original lecture series here at the moment):
*In my childhood, many (or most) people in the part of the country (I
think Austria) where I lived were fair haired. But nowadays, that is
not any longer the case. Most or many more now are dark haired and the
fair haired seem to have disappeared. What is the reason for this?*
The question seems to have been put out of the context at the time of
developing nationalism and white racism and the cultivation of a
of a mythological blond and blue eyed aryan Nordic hero of the past as
origin and essence of human culture.
As answer, Steiner holds a long lecture on among other things the way
external light through the human body, having according to him the
character of a complex nutritional process. Only at the end of this
rumination does he in passing comment in a sensitive way on the
between the lines from the worker, put out of the context of the time
The quote taken from the site created by DD is the comment by Steiner
this implicit question between the lines from the worker, and Steiner
points to that one form of an instinctive form of intelligence in his
view actually in general from a physiological perspective is connected
with being blue eyed and fair haired, but that that must be overcome
developing a spiritual intelligence into the future, that not is
directly related to physiological processes.
This is presented by Mr. Dugan at his site as if should mean the
opposite by being taken out of this context, not explaining the
in question. It's pure slick rhetoric, cultivating the picture of
Steiner as a pro-Nazi.
Something similar also holds for the other main quote from Steiner
at the main page of DD, trying to depict him as an anti-Semite by
a quote in a review of a play. The quoted remark was made in the
of a developing Jewish Enlightenment at the time.
For some comments on it and Steiner's relation to Jewry and Judaism,
addition to http://hem.passagen.se/thebee/comments/comments1.htm see
http://hem.passagen.se/thebee/comments/plans1.html -> Steiner: "Racial
Ideals Lead Mankind Into Decadence", Anthroposophy and anti-Semitism:
Was Rudolf Steiner an Anti-Semite? - A Study, found at
For some comments on a Staudenmaier as the at present main promoter of
the demagoguery cultivated by DD and PLANS, see
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- 888 wrote:
> Dear List,
> Sune Nordwall has asked me to remove a copyrighted document
> from the archive of this list. His email, in complete, is pasted
Thanks for posting this. I am aware of the inverted uses that some would
put discussions such as the one Sune responded to, and I would prefer not
to supply any ammo to those shooting blanks on their own. The answers to
the questions raised can be found by a careful reading of Steiner and
discussion, as Steiner so cogently puts it, starts when knowledge ends.
in freedom and l*ght,
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