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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
Garden of Peace:
A Jewish-Arab Kindergarten in Israel
Knock On Wood
Frank Thomas Smith
The Right Institute
Three Damsels in the Neon Bath
1984 - Part 2 Chap. 10 & 11
Goetheanism in Science
Frank Thomas Smith
Love and its Meaning in the World
The Story of My
Life - Chapters 21 & 22
In a Stranger's Arms & other poems
Corrine De Winter
Interview with a Third Party Candidate