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Number 56, November-December 2007

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BERLIN, October 24, 1939

The German people who have been hoping for peace until the bitter end were finally told by Ribbentrop in a speech at Danzig that the war will now have to be fought to the finish. I suppose that every government that has ever gone to war has tried to convince its people of three things: (1) that right is on its side; (2) that it is fighting purely in defense of the nation; (3) that it is sure to win. The Nazis are certainly trying to pound these three points into the skins of the people. Modern propaganda technique, especially radio (sic), certainly helps them.
Three youths in Hanover who snatched a lady’s handbag in the black-out have been sentenced to death.

Entry from “Berlin Diary”: William L. Shirer

The editorial page this month introduces (to many readers) a new social idea called the “guaranteed basic income” – which would solve many problems in the world while probably causing some new ones. Worth meditating on.

Jeff Leys recalls Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German pastor who resisted the Nazis and paid with his life, to focus on forms of resistance required in the world today. Gaither Stewart offers an essay on the same subject and an excerpt from Thoreau's Civil Disobedience tells us what it meant to him. Peter Galbraith asks himself and us who is the real “victor” in Iraq and Tom Engelhardt reminds us that withdrawal from Iraq ain’t going to be easy – even if it were really contemplated. And don’t miss Doris Lessing’s prescient essay on “Political Correctness” as hypocrisy.

The Education section describes a Jewish-Arab Waldorf kindergarten in Israel where hate is denied and peace is practiced.

“Fiction” is chock-full this issue, with stories by Gaither, Mike Ingles, newbie Joshua Walker and Yours Truly – and “1984” continues.

The final chapter of Professor Rudnicki’s book on cosmology is accompanied by a wobbly attempt by your editor to refute rabid Darwinism.

Rudolf Steiner’s autobio is getting hot now, and he even delivers a lecture on Love in the Anthroposophy section.

Some of Shakespeare’s sonnets grace the Poetry section, followed up by a poet who is new to our pages: Corrine De Winter.

Oh, before we forget and speaking of political correctness, our roving correspondent, Michelle Ingles, interviews a third-party-candidate who couldn’t be less correct.

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Table of Contents

Editor's Page

The Basic Income: Reality or Utopia

Ingreso básico: realidad o utopía


Current Events

Our Bonhoeffer Moment
Jeff Leys

The Victor?
Peter Galbraith


Political Correctness
Doris Lessing

Gaither Stewart

On the Duty of Civil Disobedience
Henry David Thoreau


Garden of Peace:
A Jewish-Arab Kindergarten in Israel

Cornelis Boogerd


Knock On Wood
Frank Thomas Smith

Paradise Betrayed
Gaither Stewart

The Right Institute
Mike Ingles

Three Damsels in the Neon Bath
Joshua Walker

1984 - Part 2 Chap. 10 & 11
George Orwell

Science & Philosophy

Goetheanism in Science
Konrad Rudnicki

Refuting Darwin
Frank Thomas Smith


Love and its Meaning in the World
Rudolf Steiner

The Story of My Life - Chapters 21 & 22
Rudolf Steiner


In a Stranger's Arms & other poems
Corrine De Winter

Selected Sonnets
William Shakspeare


Interview with a Third Party Candidate
Michelle Ingles