Although this book was first published in 1919, it remains highly relevant to social problems encountered today. Uniquely, Steiner's social thinking is not based on intellectual theory, but on a profound perception of the archetypal spiritual nature of social life. As he suggests in this classic work, society has three distinct realms - the economic, the political (individual human rights), and the cultural (spiritual). While social life as a whole is a unity, the autonomy of these three sectors should be respected if our increasing social problems are to be resolved. Steiner relates the ideals of 'liberty, equality and fraternity' to modern society. Economics calls for fraternity (brotherhood), political rights require equality, while culture should be characterised by liberty (freedom). The slogans of the French Revolution, he suggests, can only become truly manifest if our social thinking is transformed to correspond to the spiritual reality.
A History. Rudolf Steiner’s Campaign For A Self-Governing, Self-Managing, Self-Educating Society
Author: Albert Schmelzer
Pubpsher: Rudolf Steiner Press
Following the end of WW1, Germany faced a period of revolutionary upheaval and general unrest. In the midst of these tumultuous events, Rudolf Steiner’s pioneering movement for social threefolding rallied around a unique conception. Its three principal goals were to promote human rights and equality in political life, freedom in cultural life and associative cooperation in economic life. Albert Schmelzer’s engaging yet rigorous study, the most complete to date, recounts the movement’s practical attempts to bring about social threefolding in 1919, giving lively descriptions of the principal characters involved. Apart from this detailed history, The Threefolding Movement, 1919 offers an accomplished synthesis of the development of social thought and the complex politics of the day. Schmelzer studies threefolding within the context of evolving social ideas, comparing Steiner’s relevance to key political and cultural thinkers, reformers and radicals. Steiner emerges as a social innovator who was actively involved in the revolutionary situation of 1919, although he rejected violence and was a consistent advocate of democracy. A cursory analysis might suggest that Rudolf Steiner stood at the left of the political spectrum, but Schmelzer shows how his social ideas transcend the right-left divisions and polarizations of contemporary politics. Social threefolding is truly a new approach to human development – a fresh way to understand society that allows for a more creative and harmonious future.
Western society has faced many challenges in the last few years. Economies have come under extreme pressure, and so have governments and business, with obvious knock-on effects for wider society. The battle between regulation and the free market has never been fiercer. Looking for guidance and sustainable ways to get society back on track, Rudolf Isler considers ideas from unorthodox thinkers including Silvio Gesell, Henry George, and Rudolf Steiner, exploring everything from regional currencies to land reform. Steiner proposed a threefold social structure which Isler teases out, exploring the implications of this approach for our modern societies. He finds a surprisingly practical system with potential for immediate implementation in small steps, along with longer-term rethinking. This is a down-to-earth, open-minded book which helps us explore viable alternatives to the current situation.
Samples of Steiner's work are to be found in this introductory reader in which Stephen E. Usher brings together excerpts from Steiner's many talks and writings on Social and political science. This volume also features an editorial introduction, commentary and notes. Topics include: psychological cognition; the social question; the social question and theosophy; Memoranda of 1917; the metamorphosis of intelligence; culture, law, and economy; and Central Europe between East and West.
Exposing a long-hidden logical conflict that has hindered the quest for a deeper understanding in science, religion and philosophy. The unique ideas in this book shatter what are often unconscious or deeply hidden but nevertheless widely held assumptions. Whatever your world view or discipline, examine it anew through the window of these 22 hard-hitting essays with titles such as: Evolution as a Property of Mind, Christianity and the Old Gnosis, Isaac Newton & Harry Potter, What is Imagination? - combined with critical insights and commentaries on the works of Charles Darwin, Noam Chomsky, Michael Polanyi, Arthur Koestler, Theodore Roszak, Owen Barfield, Rudolf Steiner and many others. Also, investigate the social future as viewed in the light of an ongoing evolution of human consciousness.
This report also for adjustments to regulatory governance traditions so that necessary changes can take place more quickly, at least cost to the economy and with the participation of all relevant stakeholders.