Book Review – Ecology Contested: Environmental Politics Between Left and Right

“There have been significant links between environmentalism and Right-wing politics for more than a century,” Staudenmaier writes in his new book Ecology Contested: Environmental Politics Between Left and Right. “Knowingly or not, the perpetrators of the Christchurch and El Paso massacres continued that tradition.”

ISE spring online course schedule, new offerings!

The ISE is excited to offer three online courses this spring – our two existing seminars plus a brand new class, Understanding Antisemitism. Our courses bring together ISE faculty, cutting-edge content, and students of all ages from around the world to create a unique learning experience that centers social and ecological transformation. Enroll today! Ecology […]

Social Ecologist Profile: Peter Staudenmaier of Missoula, MT USA

Please introduce yourself (What kind of work you do, Where you live, etc.) I’ve been active in social ecology circles and affiliated with the ISE since the late 1980s. At the moment I live in Missoula, Montana, where I teach history at the University of Montana and spend a lot of time in the mountains. [Editor’s note: […]

Anthroposophy and Ecofascism

In June, 1910, Rudolf Steiner, the founder of anthroposophy, began a speaking tour of Norway with a lecture to a large and attentive audience in Oslo.  The lecture series was titled “The Mission of National Souls in Relation to Nordic-Germanic Mythology.”  In the Oslo lectures Steiner presented his theory of “folk souls” or “national souls” […]

Anthroposophy and its Defenders

(co-written with Peter Zegers) Reply to Peter Normann Waage, “Humanism and Polemical Populism” “Anthroposophy and Ecofascism” has sparked a debate within Scandinavian humanist circles, with some authors like Peter Normann Waage lining up to defend anthroposophy as a harmless variant of humanism. 1 While we are encouraged by this long overdue debate, we are troubled […]

The Janus Face of Anthroposophy

(co-written with Peter Zegers) Reply to Peter Normann Waage, New Myths About Rudolf Steiner “The Steiner I know,” writes Peter Normann Waage, was the nicest guy you ever met. 1 He couldn’t possibly have said and done all those nasty things Staudenmaier and Zegers say he did. It’s just not like him. Why, look at […]

The Art of Avoiding History

Reply to Göran Fant, “The Art of Turning White into Black” Göran Fant says that he is unable to recognize the portrait of anthroposophy that I painted in my article “Anthroposophy and Ecofascism.” (1) I am not surprised that he found my portrait hard to swallow, since Fant is convinced that anthroposophy is by definition […]