The Philosophy Of Freedom by Rudolf Steiner

With many Waldorf schools declaring themselves anti-racist schools the culture war has reached Waldorf education. Anti-racist education is a materialistic worldview that believes the way you change people is to change the external world. Waldorf education is based on a spiritualistic worldview that believes the way you change the world is to change people through proper human development.

0:04 1. WALDORF ALERT
1:55 2. MATERIALISM vs SPIRITUALISM
4:49 3. WALDORF SCHOOLS FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
5:58 4. ANTI-RACIST EDUCATION
9:21 5. CULTURAL DETERMINISM
10:17 6. FIRST PRINCIPLES
13:09 7. GROUP IDENTITY
15:05 8. THE WAY TO PEACE

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Sharleen Leonard commented on Ethical Individualist's blog post INDOCTRINATION: The Anti-White Indoctrination of School Children
"Did you read Kendi's book "How to be an Anti-racist?" He says that being anti-white is being racist. I think it is important for the Anthroposophical Society to not take a stance opposing anti-racism and to take the stance that they are in their position statement on diversity, i.e. opposing any form of discrimination. I think it is possible to resolve racial disparities without discriminating against white people solely on their race, and that is what we need to advocate for.  I disagree with Kendi when he says that we need to fight racist discrimination with anti-racist discrimination.  However, I also haven't been discriminated against based on my race, so I can allow him his opinion.  Hearig and truly listening to diverse opinions will help us create and support policies that are not racist and do not support inequities based on race. We can create and support policies that will help us want to out of our own moral intuition and freedom to treat each other with the dignity that…"
16 hours ago
Sharleen Leonard commented on Tom Last's blog post Activists Are Replacing Steiner Waldorf School Values With “Anti-Racist” Values
"I am not finding New Discourses to be the most helpful website in understanding racism and anti-racism.  I started to listen to their video against diversity, equity, and inclusion and could not finish it. ThoughtCo has been very helpful. This is a link to their article about critical race theory:
https://www.thoughtco.com/critical-race-theory-4685094
I will continue to study The Philosophy of Freedom and encourage as many teachers and administrators in Waldorf schools to do the same, and as many other individuals as I can. I listened to a question and answer session among Waldorf educators, administrators, and other interested people which was encouraging. "
yesterday
Tom Last commented on Tom Last's blog post Activists Are Replacing Steiner Waldorf School Values With “Anti-Racist” Values
"On a superficial level social justice sounds great, but when you go deeper you find it is based on a pathological ideology. To criticise it you have to immerse yourself into this illness which is disturbing. I would rather emphasize the positive path to freedom. I have seen a way to develop a step by step path of development using observation exercises indicated in TPOF so having to study anti-racist garbage is very distracting. I also wonder if anyone really cares about Waldorf. It seems to be more important to keep the peace than to really have quality education. I have posed the question to Waldorf educaters "What are the principles of Waldorf education" and nobody seems to know. It indicates a failure in teacher training programs to surrender Waldorf to the latest trendy fad without any serious examination. If teachers had an elementary understanding of TPOF this would not happen."
yesterday
Sharleen Leonard commented on Tom Last's blog post Activists Are Replacing Steiner Waldorf School Values With “Anti-Racist” Values
"Thank you for this video. Kendi's definition of a racist and an anti-racist are given at the start of Chapter 1 in his book "How to Be an Anti-racist  "Racist: One who is supporting a racist plicy through their actions or inaction or expressing a racist idea. Antiracist: One who is supporting an antiracist policy through their actions or expressing an anitracist idea." Chapter 2 "Anti-racist: One who is expressing the idea that racial groups are equals and none needs developing, and is supporting policy that reduces racial inequity." 
From what I can discern, the comparison of anti-racist values and liberal values poorly represents anti-racist values. In this video, "anti-racist" values are actually very racist.
Instead of being against anything and because there is disagreement on the definition of anti-racist, I believe it would be better to talk about what we are for.  I do agree with the quote from Steiner. 
Philosophy of Freedom Note: "When the individual is encouraged to fulfill…"
yesterday
Tom Last left a comment on Defending Waldorf
"[Update: Subscribe to email discussion group in box on front page of website-right column] I am trying to set up an email discussion group: For Waldorf parents, teachers, admin and others to share news, ideas and strategy on how to defend Steiner Waldorf education from the take over by social justice activists. Also to report social justice activity and indoctrination in Waldorf schools."
Sep 21
Tom Last commented on Ethical Individualist's blog post INDOCTRINATION: The Anti-White Indoctrination of School Children
"Anthroposophy is certainly not "anti-racist". Anti-racism does not mean being against racism, it means more than that. It includes their solution also. Personal definitions don't matter. What matters are anti-racist ideology definitions. Ibram X. Kendi definitions: “anti-racism” means supporting and instituting policies and ideas that LEVEL racial disparities of socio-economic outcome, while “racism” consists of any policy or idea that results in racial inequity.
You cannot "LEVEL" so-called racial disparities without discriminating against white people solely on their race. The anthroposophical solution is rising above ethnic group characteristics to become unique individuals as explained in C14 of TPOF. Seeing the individual more so than the race is a form of "colorblindness" that anti-racists despise. 
The Anthroposophical Society needs to make a statement opposing "anti-racism" as racist, which it is.
See this: Defining Racism Up: Ibram X. Kendi’s Weird Definition of Anti-racism…"
Sep 18
Sharleen Leonard commented on Ethical Individualist's blog post INDOCTRINATION: The Anti-White Indoctrination of School Children
"A think it is important for schools to carefully teach anti-racism, so that they are not teaching anti-white.  My definition of anti-racism: Speaking and acting in a way that speaks and acts against anyone using the social construct of race to  make oneself or another person inferior or superior to another person.  The basis of Waldorf Education is Anthroposophy. Anthroposophy is a world view that is anti-racist and pro human individuality and community.
Copied and pasted from the Anthroposophical Society in America: 
Position Statement on Diversity The Anthroposophical Society in America [US] is committed to honoring and supporting every human being in fulfilling their potential. Individuals engaged in continuing self-development and with interest in one another are the necessary foundation for strong, healthy communities of all kinds, for the global ecology that we carry together for the benefit of all. The Anthroposophical Society in America [US] does not condone or support any…"
Sep 18
Sharleen Leonard commented on Ethical Individualist's blog post Tucker Carlson Tonight 9/17/20
"This is very interesting and very important in helping us know what to do now and in the future. I think I heard about this from another source also, and cannot find that source. Do you have another source for this information? I have been trying to follow Cornell University's guide for discerning what is true and what is "fake news." https://guides.library.cornell.edu/evaluate_news Thank you. 
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Sep 18
Tom Last replied to Tom Last's discussion Social Justice Activists Are Taking Over Waldorf Education in Defending Waldorf
"Steiner's Philosophy Of Freedom is a verifiable science of freedom. You cannot discredit it by attacking the character of the scientist. That is different than anti-racism ideology which is a cult belief system that requires religious faith. That is why the cultist is threatened by debate and supports censorship and cancel culture."
Sep 17
Ramsay Gray replied to Tom Last's discussion Social Justice Activists Are Taking Over Waldorf Education in Defending Waldorf
"The question of Steiner being racist is one that can only be solved by studying his work thoroughly, because from a blazé inquiry into the matter, one could certainly draw this erroneous conclusion. But I will sum it up as best I can. First, one has to define the human being as primarily a spiritual being. From that point of view, our disposition in a physical body is itself only meaningful from a spiritual perspective. i.e. we are placed in physical earth existence for an, ultimately, spiritual purpose and our spirit self has no race. As for the races which we do have to reckon with in our physical existence, these are a remant from a bygone epoch of time which have persisted into the present while still holding some purpose. This purpose is very much on the wane and will soon be superfluous. In fact, in many ways it already is so. In the future, according to esoteric Christianity, there will only be two races, one formed from an ever hardening portion of humankind that tends toward…"
Sep 16
Jason replied to Tom Last's discussion Social Justice Activists Are Taking Over Waldorf Education in Defending Waldorf
"Thanks for sharing.   What I'm seeing at our school is this.  One of the FACULTY members said that Steiner's philsophy is racist, and that by insisting on a Steiner philsophy in the.... ahem.... Waldorf school, a parent would be insisting the teachers teach racism.    How to even begin to respond to this?
(1) If Steiner expressed racist views then by all means, let's have a community discussion about it.   Send me the citations, let's discuss as a community and work together to replace any materials that are racist with materials that aren't.   Mature adults, and trained educators, committed to educating happy, kind and joyous children, should be able to work through these types of things within a community setting.   We're seeing the precise opposite approach.
(2) And, what does it mean to call Steiner teachings "racist" in this framework?   I read the AWSNA reccomended readings, and what I gleaned generally from this 100% Critical Race Theory content is that ALL people with white…"
Sep 16
Ethical Individualist replied to Tom Last's discussion Social Justice Activists Are Taking Over Waldorf Education in Defending Waldorf
"Rudolf Steiner recommended forming free communities based on The Philosophy Of Freedom. A free school and free community would go together. https://philosophyoffreedom.com/community-building#11"
Sep 16
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Peace Based on Freedom, Not Social Justice and its use of Force

"Freedom is the only word which has a ring of immediate truth today… If, instead of such slogans as peace founded on justice, or peace imposed by force, people would only speak of peace based on freedom, then this word would echo round the world and kindle in the hearts of all a sense of security." Rudolf Steiner 

Rudolf Steiner's expressed tactics for winning the Culture War
1. Expose false claims of injustice.
2. Show that if you follow the path of social justice you will not attain what you seek to achieve in life.
3. Show that if you follow the path of real freedom you will attain what you seek to achieve in life and much more. (freedom born of a free spirit and a firmly disciplined mind)

Peace Based On Freedom, Not Justice or Force
"Freedom is the only word which has a ring of immediate truth today… If, instead of such slogans as peace founded on justice, or peace imposed by force, people would only speak of peace based on freedom, then this word would echo round the world and kindle in the hearts of all a sense of security." Rudolf Steiner quote

“The time of decision is around the end of the Twentieth Century when we will either stand at the grave of civilization in a War of All against All or turn toward a spiritualized culture.” Rudolf Steiner

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