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Re: Der Staudi's racism

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  • ted.wrinch
    Whoops, missed the reference for anyone that s interested: http://www.dcscience.net/?p=3853 T. Ted Wrinch
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      Whoops, missed the reference for anyone that's interested:


      http://www.dcscience.net/?p=3853

      T.

      Ted Wrinch

      --- In anthroposophy_tomorrow@yahoogroups.com, "ted.wrinch" <ted.wrinch@...> wrote:
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      > There's a couple of 'fun' observations on the DC Science blog, in amongst the usual melee of culprits. Two people make the observation I long ago made about Der Staudi: that by lumping people into groups such as 'Steiner defenders' and then attaching negative designations to those groups he is himself practising a form of discrimination.
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      > "When you study the mechanisms of discrimination and racism the concepts "prejudice" and "stereotype" are playing an important role. Is it not a stereotype to classify a whole group of very different people as "Steiner-followers"? The use of stereotypes forms one of the first steps in the direction of discrimination and racism."
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      > Jan Luiten
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      > Then the killer bowl from Tom M - who can always be relied on from time to time to throw a wobbly:
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      > "Anti-racists tend to attack racists in much the same way as racists might go after anyone else. Paradoxically, while the signifier "racist" is vague, the signified is rigidly fixed. The charge of having a "racist temperament" follows the same reasoning for which racists are rightly reproached, i.e., vaguely attributing to an entire group traits found in some of its members which, as Pierre André Taguieff has pointed out, generates another problem: "There is no effective struggle against racism once one creates a false image of it, for then anti-racism becomes a mirror image of the racist myth.To treat in a racist way those whom one is accusing of racist conduct is part and parcel of current anti-racism, and one of its shortcomings. Above all, to fictionalize `the Other,' even if he be racist, is to miss who `the Other' really is, never coming to know him.""
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      > http://www.alaindebenoist.com/pdf/what_is_racism.pdf
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      > Diana chips in under her 'DW' alias and, as usual, fails to understand the point, or have any self-knowledge of her own complicity in the problem (but who would expect her to, after having been a part of the battle for over a decade):
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      > "Ironically Tom I think that is hopelessly oversimplified. The reality is the "anti-racists" who have written here, and typically on the critics list on yahoo, do NOT do the things this rant suggests. We actually don't say racists are all alike, or attribute things to them as a group. We almost always really focus on the doctrines, and we are much more likely than defenders of anthroposophy to focus on specific doctrines, and differences among specific doctrines, than defenders of anthroposophy are."
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      > and she continues, as usual, to insult her antagonist's intelligence (boy does she have a mountain-sized, pedant's intellectual chip on her shoulder; but, like everything else, there's no telling her - this is her life!):
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      > "
      > 'Anti-racists tend to attack racists in much the same way as racists might go after anyone else.'
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      > In short this is mindless nonsense. Schoolyard level analysis – anthroposophists feel picked on if someone points out their guru was racist. So what?"
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      > T.
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      > Ted Wrinch
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