...an initiative aimed at implementing Rudolf Steiner's
Three Fold Social Organism
A NEW TRI-SECTORAL IMAGINATION OF THE AMERICAN FUTURE
LET’S TRY COMMON SENSE AND GET RID OF THE CORRUPTION THROUGH A NEW TRI-SECTORAL IMAGINATION OF AMERICAN SOCIETY.
Can we truly foster freedom of belief, religion, and educational choice, extend equality before the law and in politics and create an economy which serves people and the earth? This is what FDR hoped for when he proclaimed the four freedoms and asked the question of “whether individual men and women will have to serve some system of government or economics or whether a system of government and economics existed to serve individual men and women?” His answer was to promote freedom of speech and expression, freedom to worship God in one’s own way, freedom from want and freedom from fear, the four freedoms which can be seen as beacons for a tri-sectoral society. Freedom of speech and freedom of worship and belief are calls to foster individual freedom in cultural life, through a quality, accessible and diverse educational system and protections from the manipulation of governments and corporations. The third, freedom from fear expresses our need to live in a society governed by democracy and equal rights before the law and not subject to corruption and the power of special interest groups. The last, freedom from want, addresses our need for a stable, healthy stakeholder economy serving the needs of the earth and of each human being.
So let’s fix a broken democracy by the recognizing the truth of Supreme Court Justice Brandeis’s Statement, “We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we cannot have both.” Let us reform our politics by:
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Let us create a responsible form of Stakeholder Capitalism which serves the true needs of people and of the earth. We can do so by:
Let us extend and deepen cultural freedom in our society by:
We need to recognize that our democracy, the American experiment in self- government, rests on a diverse, excellent, and affordable educational system as clearly seen by Thomas Jefferson at the time of our founding as a nation.
Let us again honor our international responsibilities by taking a lead on climate change, mass migrations, poverty and war in the poorer regions of the world and recognize that the dangers of Artificial Intelligence,(AI), of machines escaping human control and human values, are real and require a global effort.
So let us renew the American Dream and honor freedom in cultural life, equality in democratic, state life, and mutuality and service in economic life. If we can do so and appeal to the fully human in each of us than it is possible to transform corruption, egotism and exploitation into a new American Covenant between the American people and its government. In doing so let us remember the insight of Jacob Needleman that “America is the fact, the symbol and the promise of a new beginning.”
Christopher Schaefer, Edward Baumheier, Davina Muse, Leah Walker, John Beck, Abraham Entin, Luigi Morelli, and Linda Lingane for the Threefold Working Group of 3FSOToday.org
“Social ThreeFolding - A concept introduced by Rudolf Steiner in I919. Rather than being an attempt to devise an artificially imposed social programme, it sets out to establish actual laws that work in and to clarify and enhance these. Threefold society consists of three, clearly delineated and autonomous realms; spiritual and cultural life, the proper domain of liberty; political life, where equality should rightfully prevail; and economic life where principles of fraternity should be upheld. Whereas the slogan of the French Revolution - ‘Liberty, equality, fraternity‘ - sought to apply these principles in a general way to all society, Steiner regards each principle as having its different and speciﬁc sphere of application. Rudolf Steiner’s fundamental social law states: The well-being of a community of people working together will be the greater, the less the less the individual claims for himself the proceeds of his work. In other words, the more of these proceeds he makes over to his fellow workers, the more his own needs are satisﬁed, not out of his own work but out of the work done by others. His suggestions. which he hoped at the time would have real impact on social thinking, largely fell on deaf ears. However, the principles he delineated are ones which remain valid as a diagnostic tool, at least, of where society goes wrong - for example, the way in which cultural and spiritual endeavors are frequently constrained or distorted by ﬁnancial issues. One might think here of the common lack of independence of scientists engaged in medical research controlled by large commercial corporations, which have a ﬁnancial interest in the research results."
From: Anthroposophy A-Z, A Glossary of Terms Relating to Rudolf Steiner's Spiritual Philosophy, Henk Van Dort, Sophia Books, Forest Row, East Sussex, 2011.
Economic life concerns transforming what nature provides in the mineral, plant, and animal kingdoms into commodities that meet human needs. From the threefold perspective, economic activity should be organized and carried out in the spirit of brotherhood with the objective of meeting the needs of all human beings on the planet.
Rudolf Steiner maintained that the entire economic life was encompassed by what he called the “Law of True Price.” He formulated the law in these words: “A true price is forthcoming when a man receives, as counter-value for the product he has made, an amount sufficient to enable him to satisfy the whole of his needs, including of course the needs of his dependents, until he will again have completed a like product.” (2) economics
The middle realm of the threefold social organism is the legal domain (also called the political or rights domain). Its role is to establish laws that govern the behavior of all adults equally. From the threefold perspective this domain is exclusively about human rights and, in particular, there is no room here for business entities. From this it follows that there is no place in the legal domain for corporations as legal persons. Regulation of business life is a matter for associations of the economic life. Political questions concerning human rights and obligations are the sole subject matter of the political\rights domain. The laws formulated in this domain should be formulated independent of economic concerns and power. This means that economic resources should play no role in deciding the rights, laws and obligations of human beings. Once rights and laws have been established society must have the power to enforce them and, consequently, police power belongs to the legal domain. To the extent that it is necessary to defend the rights from foreign intrusion, military power also belongs here. (2)
Culture, in the widest sense, is about the cultivation and recognition of human capacities. Human capacities are the spiritual endowments that rain in upon the earth with the births of new human beings. Finding the best way of unfolding these capacities is the task of the cultural domain. The key ingredient for this is freedom. The archetypal picture of this freedom-in-operation is the teacher with his students. In unfolding this relationship only the spiritual/mental faculties, feelings and insights of the teacher and students should come into play. Steiner described this freedom in a newspaper article:
“[The cultural life] aims at a form of cooperation among men to be based entirely on the free intercourse and free association of individuality with individuality. Here human individuality will not be forced into an institutional mold. How one person assists another, how one helps another advance will simply arise from what one, through his own abilities and accomplishments, is able to be for the other. It is no great wonder that presently many people are still able to imagine nothing but a state of anarchy as a result of such a free form of human relations in the social order’s spiritual-cultural branch. Those who think so simply do not know what powers of man’s innermost nature are hindered from expanding when man is forced to develop in the pattern into which the state and economic system mold him. Such powers, deep within human nature, cannot be developed by institutions, but only through what one being calls forth in perfect freedom from another being.” (2)