Staudenmaier and the Invention of the Nordic-Germanic
"...Steiner's further claim
that - in yet another remarkable coincidence -
the most advanced group within the Aryan root
race is currently the nordic-germanic
sub-race." (Peter Staudenmaier -
The remarkable discovery of
the nordic-germanic sub-race was quite a surprise
to most anthroposophists. While Steiner's body
of work is so large that few have a truly comprehensive
overview, many wondered why they had not previously
heard of this important nordic-germanic sub-race.
A conspiracy, perhaps? Historical revisionism?
or "unfortunate" statements swept under
the carpet? No. The reason is far simpler: There
is no nordic-germanic sub-race in anthroposophy. There is no nordic-germanic sub-race anywhere
in Rudolf Steiner's work. A check with the Rudolf
Steiner Nachlassverwaltung (his publisher in
German) confirms it; the phrase "nordic-germanic
sub-race" appears nowhere in the complete
Even the term “sub-race” is quite
rare, having been superseded very early in the
development of anthroposophy by the more accurate
term "cultural epoch" (see my article
on Root Races and Sub
Races). The adjective "nordic-germanic" appears
in only a few contexts in the entire complete
works, and always modifying either the noun “peoples” or “mythology”.
That is, Steiner refers on a very few occasions
to certain cultural aspects of the Nordic-Germanic
peoples, but never identifies them as a race
or sub-race, and never speaks of any racial element
Peter Staudenmaier is quite fixated on the supposed
instances of racism in Steiner’s work.
Since there is little evidence to support his
position, he is forced to manufacture some in
order to even have a case.