It's time for change.
According to a study by a reliable institution, 53% of Argentine children
live in poverty. And Argentina is far from the poorest country in Latin
America or in the world. "Poverty", by the way, is defined as
a typical, four person family earning less than $450 a month. Don't think
that $450 can go a long way here. Believe it or not, the cost of living
in Argentina is about 20% higher that in the United States. Violent crime
in the cities has become epidemic. Protests, usually in the form of blocking
roads with burning rubber tires, has become a national sport often accompanied
by tragedy. Last week two young men were shot to death by snipers. Much
of the dilemma can be justifiably attributed to the stupidity and corruption
of local politicians and economists. But the underlying cause, one which
more and more people are pointing accusing fingers at, is globalization.
Not globalization as such, which is inevitable, but the way it is being
implemented. Dog eat dog or, less idiomatically, social Darwinism. It is
unfortunate that global consciousness is still in kindergarten.
We can't do
much about the situation in Argentina, but we can certainly bring about
change in SouthernCross Review. The first change is that one of SCR's key
words is now Anthroposophy, the spiritual science originated by Rudolf Steiner
during the first third of the twentieth century. The lead articles in this
issue are dedicated to that subject. "The Cardinal Question of Economic
Life" is a lecture translated for the first time in English.
The second internal
development is that all the e-books in our E-book library are now free.
We only suggest that a donation of two dollars per book be made - but no
one is under any obligation to do so. Click on E-book Library in the Table
of Contents for details.
Two new e-books
are offered in the library: "The Soul of Man under Socialism",
a brilliant essay by Oscar Wilde. Socialism in practice turned out
to be very different from what the arch-individualist Wilde imagined. But
the essay is really more about the soul of man than it is about socialism.
Click here for direct access. The
other is one of my all-time favorites: "Crime and Punishment"
by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, the first and possibly the best literary psychological
is back, in a philosophical mood this time, with an essay on Sin and Freedom.
And if you've ever suspected that there's more to baseball than meets the
uninitiated eye, don't miss Hannah M.G. Shapero's article on its
esoteric meaning. Chuckling is allowed. Still in anthropo-sophical mode,
Bobby Matherne contributes a review of a Rudolf Steiner book about
thinking. In the fiction department, our regular contributor, Gaither
Stewart, has a jewel of a story. And batting in the cleanup spot is
the ineffable anah childs.
See you again in September -
Spring up north, Autumn here in SouthernCross Review headquarters. Don't forget
to subscribe if you haven't already done so.
Frank Thomas Smith
Jo Ann Schwartz