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Reincarnation and Karma from a Scientific Standpoint (Introductions to Anthroposophy Book 10)

by Rudolf Steiner

This present lecture was originally published in Steiner’s periodical Lucifer-Gnosis in the October/November issue of 1903. It is truly exceptional in Steiner’s work, and it is a pity that it is buried in an untranslated volume of the Collected Works. It is exceptional in at least three ways. First, it is a closely argued engagement with the contemporary science of his day. Somewhat surprisingly, given later statements, he is a proponent of Darwinism here, more specifically, the variant promoted by the German champion of Darwinism, Ernst Haeckel. Secondly, Steiner makes a limited number of points, but establishes those arguments very fully. And finally, he argues very strongly that it is the task of European and American civilization to reconcile Eastern wisdom with Western science. Steiner’s first point is one he makes elsewhere, but nowhere as strongly as here. Francesco Redi was a hero because he opposed spontaneous generation, arguing that life arises only from life. He was nearly burned at the stake by the Inquisition for this heretical view, but subsequent scientific developments have shown he was absolutely right. Anthroposophists are in a similar situation today, because they argue that soul can only arise out of soul. They are mocked for it now, but future science will prove that this is correct. Steiner second point is about a fundamental distinction between humans and animals. Humans have individual biographies, but animals have group-souls. Lions are all similar in ways that humans are not. And Steiner’s third point is the most important, and the most elegant. Haeckel had argued that there is a greater difference between the highest animal and the lowest human than between the lowest human and the highest. Surprisingly, Steiner assents vigorously to this proposition, and he argues beautifully that it follows that the same evolution from the highest animal to the lowest human must also be assumed between the lowest human and the highest. But because humans have individual biographies, it follows further that the only possible antecedent of a higher human form is the same soul in an earlier incarnation. Enjoy this little gem of an argument.

Democracy Promotion as Foreign Policy: Temporal Othering in International Relations (Interventions)

by Cathy Elliott

This book looks at democracy promotion as a form of foreign policy. Elliott asks why democracy was seen to be the answer to the 7/7 bombings in London, and why it should be promoted not in Britain, but in Pakistan. The book provides a detailed answer to these questions, examining the logic and the modes of thinking that made such a response possible through analysis of the stories we tell about ourselves: stories about time, history, development, civilisation and the ineluctable spread of democracy.

Elliott argues that these narratives have become a key tool in enabling practices that differentiate selves from others, friends from enemies, the domestic from the foreign, civilisation from the barbarian. They operate with a particular conception of time and constitute a British, democratic, national identity by positing an “other” that is barbaric, alien, despotic, violent and backward. Such understandings are useful in wake of disaster, because they leave us with something to do: danger can be managed by bringing certain people and places up-to-date. However, this book shows that there are other stories to be told, and that it is possible to read stories about history against the grain and author alternative, less oppressive, versions.

Providing a genealogy drawing on material from colonial and postcolonial Britain and Pakistan, including legislation, political discourse, popular culture and government projects, this book will be of interest to scholars and students focusing on democracy promotion; genealogy; critical border studies; poststructural IR; postcolonial politics; discourse analysis; identity/subjectivity; and “the war on terror”.

Trump’s White Right

by John M. Delehanty

My book contains information from 392 News articles from major news organizations. The articles are paraphrased for “TO THE POINT” incredible historical facts, from the time Trump came down the escalator at Trump Towers to launch his campaign, to his inauguration, all chapter subjects are in chronological order and referenced to be researched further. No ramblings of descriptive adjectives. No side stories to fill up an article “just the facts”.
BERNIE SANDERS: “Donald Trump is a pathological liar” (12-20-15)
JIMMY CARTER: Trump’s campaign has “tapped a waiting reservoir of racism” contrary to “basic human rights.” (05-24-16)
BARACK OBAMA: “Donald Trump unfit and woefully unprepared to be president” (08-02-16)
HILLARY CLINTON: “half” of Donald Trump’s supporters fit into a “basket of deplorables” (09-10-16)
HILLARY CLINTON: “Donald Trump would be Putin’s puppet” (10-20-16)
GEORGE W. BUSH: “Donald Trump’s inaugural speech was some weird shit.” (01-21-17)
NOAM CHOMSKY: “Republican Party is the most dangerous organization in the world’s history” (Book TV CSPAN II 4-24-17)
Narcissistic Personality Disorder
From the Diagnostic And Statistical Manual Of Mental Disorders (American Psychiatric Association). If a person has five or more of the following they have narcissistic personality disorder.

1.Has a grandiose sense of self (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognize as a superior without commensurate achievements)
2.Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power brilliance, beauty, or ideal love.
3.Believes he or she is special ” and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with , other special or high-status people(or institutions)
4.Requires excessive admiration
5.Has a sense of entitlement, i.e., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatically compliance with his or her expectations.
6.Is interpersonally exploitative, i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends.
7.Lacks empathy: is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others.
8.Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her.
9.Shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes.

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