The Waldorf Critics List is a part of the
effort not only to remove Waldorf education from publically funded
schools in America, but to discredit and destroy the entire Anthroposophical
Personally, I have terminated my participation
on this list after spending a total of ten months there, and
I have chosen to ignore the arguments continually featured by
the so-called "Waldorf Critics" who are more obsessed
with Rudolf Steiner and anthroposophy than any anthroposophist
I have ever encountered.
At the present time (May 2002), the only
exceptions to this policy of mine are when texts written by myself
are quoted and misused, or a topic I have introduced and explained
in one of my texts is twisted and labelled diabolical, hateful,
obnoxious or whatever.
My background for participating
on the WC list:
My involvement with attacks and false accusations
against anthroposophy - misleadingly called "criticism"
- began when I was co-editing, translating, writing, publishing,
and promoting a Norwegian
anarchist magazine (Gateavisa) where I was personally
active for seven years (1990-1997). In 1995, I decided to write
an article about Christian anarchism entitled "Christos
Anarchos" - available
online (in Norwegian only), where I introduced several important
anthroposophical ideas. Much of the factual information in this
article was drawn on Peter Marshall's book about the history
of anarchism entitled "Demanding The Impossible," and
upon an excerpt from Rudolf Steiner's lecture cycle "Die
Tempellegende und die Goldene Legende." (See also my online
article about The
After the apparent success of "Christos
Anarchos," I decided to follow it up with another article
about anthroposophical anarchism, antitled "Anthropos Anarchos"
- later hurriedly translated
The crucial point made in "Anthropos
Anarchos" has later been elaborated in some of my online
articles on the subject:
Steiner and Anarchism
Origin of Freedom
After writing "Christos Anarchos"and
"Anthropos Anarchos," I became aware of my growing
discomfort with the label "anarchist" applied to myself
- especially, perhaps, when I discovered that Peter Marshall,
who traces the concept of freedom in the anarchist sense through
history in a broad and generous fashion, is too politically incorrect
for mainstream anarchists. I decided that I am also too politically
incorrect for anarchism, and this is why I coined a new term:
Anarchosophy. In this way,
I could freely define and describe my views with reduced potential
for misunderstanding by others.
When my two above-mentioned articles had
been published, I decided to write an extensive article about
the Nazi regime and their attitude to, and use of, occultism.
The idea was primarily inspired by a book by Nigel Pennick that
I had read a little earlier, entitled "Hitler's Secret Sciences,"
and my major motive was to contribute to a deeper understanding
of how it became possible for the German Nazi Party to achieve
such unbelievable success and to hurl an entire continent into
so much suffering and destruction. At the same time, I wanted
to herald a warning to young people who were flirting with neo-Nazi
About this time, however, (Autumn 1996),
a young friend and co-worker lent me a copy of a book by Janet
Biehl and Peter Staudenmaier entitled "Ecofascism,
Lessons from the German Experience." My friend had been
talking about this fascistication and nazification of Rudolf
Steiner, because he apparently took great pleasure in the idea
himself, being a "politically correct" anarchist who
entertained the notion that if you're not an atheist, you cannot
be an anarchist. Besides, his personal friends of the same ilk
were supposedly busy at work translating this piece of historical
revisionism into Norwegian.
The translation was published, and a praise
with special emphasis on the Steiner section was written by a
book reviewer in Klassekampen,
the Norwegian daily newspaper farthest to the left, virtually
a Communist paper, i.e. relatively close to the "anarchist"
political ideology supposedly embraced by Peter Staudenmaier.
A full page rebuttal of the review and the book itself was subsequently
published by an anthroposophist named Bugge, and I took the opportunity
of sending a newspaper article to Klassekampen with the
title "Nazism and Anthroposophy" - available
online (in Norwegian only).
When writing my article "Nazi-Occultism,"
I also researched the following books:
"Hitler´s Secret Sciences"
by Nigel Pennick (my main source and influence).
"The Occult Roots of Nazism"
by Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke.
"The Occult Establishment" by
"Hitler: Black Magician" by Gerald
"Cleansing the Fatherland" by
Göts Aly, Peter Chroust and Christian Pross
"Fascism: A Reader´s Guide"
It was also about this time in question
- during 1996, that is - that another anthroposophist, Cato
Schiøtz, an attorney whose personal internet activities
are quite limited, sent me some printouts from the racist, fascist,
anti-Semite allegations on the PLANS site against Steiner and
anthroposophy. I did not explore the site and its list until
a year later (in 1998), but in the meantime, I had stumbled onto
another topic in December, 1996, while finishing up "Nazi
Occultism" - a topic of which I had absolutely no prior
It so happened that another friend and
co-worker at Gateavisa
asked me to research the
scientology internet war concerning their copyrighted holy
scriptures that had been authored by Ron
Hubbard and write an article about it. All the stuff about
Scientology was online, and I was reading day and night for two
months, when my finished product "The Thetans are Exposed"
- available online (in Norwegian only) on
this site and on
Gateavisa's site (with better layout on the latter). But
even after my own article was out, I couldn't stop myself and
kept on reading about Scientology for another five months or
so, corresponding with ex-scientologist Steve
Fishman and other critics.
Later on, I became an active participant
in the Scientology Internet War myself. Here are some articles
around on the web that describe this war. The first link is my
own summary of the story:
The NOTs Internet War
The Church of Scientology vs. the Net
The First Internet War
Scientology vs the Internet
cult attacks XS4ALL
See also my linkpage Entheta.
Anyway, I became active in this war by
publishing the "hot" and "secret" manuscripts
by Ron Hubbard known as "the NOTS". These were first
posted to the newsgroup alt.religion.scientology by Zenon Panoussis
in Stockholm and subsequently made available at Andreas Heldal-Lund's
site from Stavanger, when the forbidden documents were downloaded
all over the world. Since then, I have had several internet accounts
closed without notice by the RTC, and I've been getting legal
mails from them, playing cat-and-mouse with the docs in question
from my online
library where Ron
Hubbard has a prominent place (between Hobbes and Sun Tsu)
that the scientologists ought to be pleased with.
Anthroposophy, Scientology, and Nazism
My articles about Scientology and Nazism
were published in the same issue of Gateavisa magazine
- no. 158, February 1997. My articles about Christian and anthroposophical
anarchism had been published in two previous issues: no. 151
(Summer 1995) and no. 155 (spring 1996). I was not aware at that
time of how significant it was that I had captured Scientology
and Nazism side by side like that immediately after defining
Christianity and Anthroposophy from a genuine anarchist perspective,
and I most certainly had no idea how important this anarchist
perspective on all the ideologies concerned would have after
Peter Staudenmaier's distorted views on anthroposophy and Nazism
were published by Humanist magazine in Norway. Staudenmaier appeals
especially to the anarchist left, and one of his pet notions
about anthroposophy is that it is basically fascist and right
I first subscribed to the Waldorf Critics
list in January, 1999. The moderator of this list, Dan Dugan,
also entertains the notion that anthroposophy is akin to Nazism
- a view shared by few at that time, i.e. before Staudenmaier
provided winds in the sails of Dugan's Nazi war dance against
I did however arrive at a view of my own
- a view that could not possibly be understood or appreciated
by Dan Dugan.
In September/October 2001, I decided to
play my full hand by outlining my view about Rudolf Steiner's
historical importance and the relationship of Theosophy and Anthroposophy
to Nazism and Scientology. This post of mine, and the exchange
that followed with Dan Dugan, may be accessed through this link:
Scientology, and Nazism
But there are also other threads I have
contributed to on the WC list - an official list with archives
that are published twice: First on the Topica site, and then
on the PLANS website. I am currently working on a selection of
my own posts to this list, with appropriate explanations and
introductions to the various topics, that can be accessed through
the following webpage:
Uncle Taz "WC Posts"
WC bullshit about me from Lisa
(to be continued.....)
Critics, and Controversy
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