This piece by Julia Bradbury was on BBC’s ‘Countryfile’ recently.
It’s on iplayer for a while.
Below is a copy of my letter to ‘Countryfile’ e-mailed on 11th February.
I recently watched Julia Bradbury’s piece on Biodynamics and was astonished that she did not mention the racist nature of the Anthroposophical doctrine that underpins all ‘Steiner’ organisations including Biodynamics, Steiner-Waldorf Schools, Camphill Communities, Triodos Bank, The Steiner Christians Community and many other Anthroposophical businesses and enterprises. As I mentioned in my piece ‘Mystic Shadows of Colour’:
Having split from the Goethean Theosophical Society, Steiner created Anthroposophy with massive support from pre-war corporate Germany. His schema proposed that every human was a manifestation of his or her Karmic history. The cosmic forces controlling Karma emanated from points in Europe, Africa and the lost city of ‘Atlantis’ and ensured that people who were sinful were reincarnated as black people while the spiritually aware were reincarnated as white people; the other races being on a sliding scale of skin tone and goodness. Disability and other misfortunes were also karmicly decided. The same cosmic forces also controlled the growth of plants and animals. In detail, Steiner lifts ideas from everywhere and muddles the whole into a mystic-racist-spiritual-doctrine. An intrinsic part of the doctrine in Steiner’s own words is:
“On the one hand there is the black race, which is the most earthly. When this race goes toward the West, it dies out. Then there is the yellow race, in the middle between the earth and the cosmos. When this race goes toward the East, it turns brown, it attaches itself too much to the cosmos and dies out. The white race is the race of the future, the spiritually creative race.”
If one visited a farm run by the National Front or the British National Party in which it was considered that only white people know how to farm properly I’m sure, as a good journalist, Ms Bradbury would have at least mentioned it. To see her joking with the farmer while taking part in an Anthroposophical ‘blood and soil’ ritual was disturbing.
Institutional racism within other organisations such as The Metropolitan Police or the Football Association is bad enough but at least they admit to it and have policies to stamp it out; there is also much public interest and exposure by journalists. But, unlike Steiner organisations, most corporate bodies do not have racism written into their guiding philosophies – that is what makes the Anthroposophical world view so disgusting. I think Countryfile should go back to the Biodynamic Farm and ask a few searching questions; it isn’t enough to treat Anthroposophy as just another load of amusing New Age woo – it’s much more serious. Treating the subject in such a light hearted manner is really an insult to all those who have died trying to fight racism over the years; not least to the friends and families of those who died in the Auschwitz and Dachau Concentration camps, tending the Anthroposophical Biodynamic farms.
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