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My Peter Staudenmaier Page

In googling around I found a site that referenced my Peter Staudenmaier page. (It’s over at http://fire.prohosting.com/anthro2/Peter_Staudenmaier.htm. There Jeff Smith takes me to task for “holding a grudge” against Peter Staudenmaier. He quotes some of my writing at length, and looking at it like that, I realized that it was a bit of a rant, and not really the best way of presenting things. So I moved it...

My Defending Rudolf Steiner site is getting notice...

A few people have actually written me about my Defending Rudolf Steiner site. Some have objections, others express appreciation. Googling around I found a few people linking to it. One amusing site is Jeff Smith’s ramblings. Jeff seems to be thinking out loud as he read through the site. I’m not sure that he got all my points (he even admits to have not read much of it) but also does not appear to have any...

About Sub-Races

The concept of Sub Races is related to Root Races, in that Sub Races are a subdivision of Root Races. In href=”http://www.theosophical.org/theosophy/faqs/index.html”>Theosophy there are seven Sub Races for each Root Race. Steiner maintained the structure, but renamed the Root Races “Epochs” and the Sub-Races “Cultural Epochs” and specifically de-emphasized the racial aspects. In 1908...

More on Root Races

In my article on Root Races I wrote that Blavatsky originated the term. Someone asked me if it was not true that Alfred Percy Sinnett first published the term in his book “Esoteric Buddhism” (1883). I looked into it a bit, and found the following. The idea and structure of root races, but not the term itself, was present in Blavatsky’s 1877 book “Isis Unveiled”. Sinnett’s “Esoteric...

My article What is a Root Race?

The whole question of “Root Races” is an interesting one. In our age, which is so finely attuned to hints of racism (and rightly so) the name alone can immediately suggest racism. This is complicated by the fact that a number of genuine racists, including neo-Nazis proud of the label, employ the term and pervert the underlying concepts. In the article I look at the origin of the term and its meaning, both in...

About Rudolf Steiner and Theodor Reuss

On occasion you will read about how Rudolf Steiner was a member of the OTO and practiced sexual magic. Such accusations were already being bandied about in his lifetime, and to anyone who knew him or his work they were and remain ridiculous. No hint of such rumors ever emerged from people close to Steiner. Rather it was people who simply wished to discredit him who slung such accusations around. If anyone believed such...