|An analysis of Mr. Staudenmaier
of Steiner" forger and the stages in his efforts to cover up his
as self-proclaimed "historical scholar" (part II)
(Continued from here.)
The following is based on an
analysis of the
introduction by Mr. Staudenmaier to his first article as solo writer on
anthroposophy, "Anthroposophy and Ecofascism" in 2000. It compares what
he has written with the source he refers to, and documents repeated
by the undersigned and others with Mr. Staudenmaier on the Internet,
personal correspondence with him about it.
The main allegations in English on
of anti-Semitism and racism in anthroposophy can be found in a number
articles by Peter Staudenmaier since 2000. They are published by the
vocal anti-waldorf fringe group "PLANS Inc." in San Francisco at its web site
and at other places on the Internet.
No evidence readily available on
nor any information given by Mr. Staudenmaier himself in discussions,
that he (as of the beginning of 2006) has even a basic academic degree
in any subject.
Despite this, Mr. Staudenmaier, who
and with an air of scholarship, has the habit of directly and
referring to his work as "scholarship" and to himself as "historical
as something seemingly to himself self-evident.
Only after for many years having
Mr. Staudenmaier revealed in discussions in 2004 that he would begin a
graduate history program at a university in the fall of 2004. He has
registered as a student at Cornell University.
A few of the elementary criteria
scholarship, as for all scholarship, are:
One may or may not sympathize with the
of Mr. Staudenmaier, as described at the site of an "Institute for
Ecology", with which he is associated.
Truthfulness in describing the
sources upon which one founds one's judgments, meaning:
a. telling the truth about what is
in the primary sources that do exist, as described by the authors of
b. telling the whole truth about
the actual argumentation
of the primary sources you say you use, and
c. not adding untruths about
- Demonstrating that one has
understood the basic concepts
of the subjects one discusses, also as they are understood and used by
the authors, whose works you use as primary sources.
- Demonstrating some reasonable
balance in the judgment
one comes to on the basis of the truthful description of the primary
the demonstrated understanding of the basic concepts discussed as well
as a general overview of the subject one discusses.
However, scratching somewhat the
surface of his
eloquently formulated writing shows that Mr. Staudenmaier fails on all
three points on the subject of anthroposophy, in terms of reliability
It also shows that what he writes
in public discussions
repeatedly turns out to be untruthful, and that he resorts to
and various word and mind games, in trying to conceal his actual lack
truthfulness, when it is documented to him.
There are two main works by Rudolf
by Mr. Staudenmaier, alleging to demonstrate Steiner's "racism" and
One is Cosmic
Memory found online on the Internet at rsarchive.org,
published as a series of articles by Rudolf Steiner in 1904-1908 and
in book form. They were written during a period, from 1902 up to 1912,
when Steiner was the General Secretary of the German section of the
Society at the time, and have the character of clarifying descriptions
on the main issues discussed by Helena Blavatski in her "The Secret
first published in 1888, as viewed by Steiner.
Already in these articles and
increasingly in 1909-1912,
during the end of the period in question, Steiner, while at first
partly connected to and used the concepts and terms of the Theosophical
tradition at the time when addressing theosophical audiences,
distanced himself from some of the concepts in question.
In 1909, he commented on one of these concepts,
namely, the simplified way of using the concept of "races" in the
theosophical tradition to describe human spiritual and cultural evolution in a
mechanical way. Steiner argued that the
concept of "race" was basically and increasingly irrelevant in
describing human evolution since the last glacial ages.
The prevalent concept regarding "races" in human
contexts from the end of the 18th century up to the middle of the 20th
century was that there existed "five main races of humanity". The view
was rooted in the view expressed in 1795 by the father of physical
anthropology, Blumenbach, as part of the developing theory of evolution, then formulated in one
form by Charles Darwin in 1859.
In Steiner's view the "five main races of mankind"
(as understood at his time) had arisen before the last glacial ages,
but in general began to lose their reality as a differentiation of humanity
with the end of the last glacial ages, and will cease to exist as we
know them in a number of thousand years, though he at one time described
them as developing qualities up to the Middle Ages.
For more on this, see here.
Instead of using the no longer
relevant term "race"
to describe the pattern of human evolution since the last glacial ages,
Steiner argued that our development since then follows a pattern of a
cultural epochs, which up to the Middle Ages develop especially in
cultural areas and which in the main are reflected by classical history
as the cultures of Ancient India,
and other cultures of the Fertile Crescent, classical Greece
and classical Rome.
While he focused on the
geographical pattern of
their development, it seems clear that they developed simultaneously
in a partly similar way also in other parts of the world than the areas
he pointed to as their focal areas of development, and mentioned as
in classical history.
Since the Middle Ages, and
especially since the
globalization of the world during the 20th century, the development of
human culture in Steiner's view takes place on an ever more global
ever less bound to a specific geographical area or ethnic group.
In 1917, during the period in
Europe when thinking
of people in terms of "race" dominated all political thinking, Rudolf
pointed to the ideals of race and nation as decaying impulses of
expressing the opinion that nothing
would bring humanity more into decay, than if the ideals of races,
and blood were to continue.
The other main source referred to
by Mr. Staudenmaier
in his allegation that Steiner was racist and anti-Semitic is the
Mission of Folk Souls by Rudolf Steiner, held in June 1910 in
For Mr. Staudenmaier's first
untruthful story about
the lecture series, in 2000, continue here.