"Thinking all too readily leaves us cold
in recollection; it is as if the life of the soul had dried out. Yet
this is really nothing but the strongly marked shadow of its real
nature -- warm, luminous, and penetrating deeply into the phenomena of
the world. This penetration is brought about by a power flowing through
the activity of thinking itself -- the power of love in its spiritual
form." (R.Steiner: "The Philosophy of Freedom")
Table of Contents is long this issue. The “Editor’s Page” begins by
comparing the United States with George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” – with
the question: when are the animals (metaphor – no insult meant) who
still support the present administration going to wake up? In “Letters”
the letters are few, but not uninteresting. Please don’t hesitate to
write us, even to bash. No censorship here.
In “Politics and Society”, the lead article is mostly reproduced from a
“Popular Mechanics” investigation into the 9/11 conspiracy theories.
The report decisively rebuts all the so-called conspiracy “facts”
currently polluting the web on this question. We also reproduce the
complete text of George Galloway’s statement to the U.S.
senate. We don’t know if Galloway is on the level or not, but he sure
has chutzpah. Then there’s a speech by Bill Moyers in which he
describes the pressures from the White House on the media, especially
public radio. “Censorship”, by the way, is our word, not his. There’s
been a lot of talk lately about the possible relation between
vaccinations and autism. Who knows whom to believe? Robert F.
Kennedy Jr. (a future presidential candidate if I ever saw one –
but why hope?) has looked into the questions and is convinced that the
relation is real. Don’t miss it! An article about the globalization
movement by Gavin Tang follows.
In “Education”, journalist Todd Oppenheimer describes his
investigation into Waldorf education in the U.S. You won’t be surprised
to learn that his conclusions are positive. Eugene Schwartz, a
long-time Waldorf educator, goes into the question of whether Waldorf
schools are religious, spiritual, or not - or what. If you want to see
truly objective answers, read this. A historical article on Waldorf
education by Stewart Easton brings up the rear.
Our old-time readers will remember the “Children’s Corner”, which
disappeared a couple of years ago. It is resuscitated now, (in English
and Spanish) and will continue, especially if we get some positive
Rudolf Steiner’s autobiography continues under
Interviews of the very famous and the not so famous (at least outside
of Italy) are offered. An old but revealing interview by Ron Rosenbaum
with Bob Dylan, and one by Gaither Stewart with Natalia
Ginzburg, a very interesting Italian writer. This interview, by the
way, is the title essay in Stewart’s new book of essays, some of which
originally appeared in SCR. It is available free of charge as an Ebook
On the Side of the Losers.
“Science and Technology” brings us another insightful essay by Steve
Talbott, this time about what he calls New York Times columnist
Thomas Friedman’s “barren vision” of India’s technological development.
Bradford McKee worries, and rightfully so, about today’s
children being alienated from nature. And Don Cruse discusses
the ideas of some noteworthy personalities with Ken McClure.
The “Fiction” section is full this time, with one of your editor’s more
The growing popularity of the tango isn’t the only reason to re-publish
one of Argentina’s leading author’s (Luisa Valenzuela) story.
It’s about people with a tango beat background. Our serialized fiction
continues with Luise Rinser’s “Miryam”, my “Frequent Flyer” and
the start of George Orwell’s “1984”.
Some poems by Adrienne Rich grace the Table of Content’s bottom
You can find us under the Southern Cross
constellation in the Traslasierra Valley, Province
of Córdoba, Argentina.
Visitors always welcome. Just follow the sign that reads: La
Cruz del Sur. See you next time.
Frank Thomas Smith, editor
Jo Ann Schwartz, associate editor
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The U.S. Animal Farm
Galloway vs. The U.S. Senate
Transcript of Statement
U.S. Media Censorship
Vaccines and Autism
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Key Issues of the Anti-globalisation Movement
Education: For our times or against them
The First Waldorf School
Frank Thomas Smith
Story of My Life - 2
the Side of the Losers:
The Barren Global Vision of Thomas
Growing Up Denatured
Alfred North Whitehead, Rudolf Steiner
and Owen Barfield
Don Cruse & Ken McClure
and the Holy Innocents
Frank Thomas Smith
Miryam - 9
Frequent Flyer - 11
Frank Thomas Smith
1984 - 1
From 21 Love Poems