PIPE DREAMS #23
>this is a kind of longer piece, like something
maybe you see in a magazine<
It is the job of the artist, in any culture, to see
the world’s strangest beauty, and celebrate it.
The Trump Event: What does
it All Mean?
(a view with an anthroposophical bent, or is it a view
with a bent anthroposopher? Works either Way, for
Although, ... a very attractive young woman, a clerk
at the insurance company where I worked on Telegraph Ave. in
Berkeley (circa 1971 or so), gave me a limerick for a
present one day (there were other presents too).
Walked up to stand in front of my desk (in a room full of
desks), gave a bit of a bow, spoke her “piece”, turned, and
then walked away (I was about 32 years old):
“There once was a man named Wendt,
Whose mind became boggled and bent.
One fine sunny day,
Wendt went away,
and no one knew where Wendt went.”
Social Change takes time. Live to be 76, it is
kind of obvious. Try spending a few decades working
with the Reality that social-life is living - is an
“organism”, whether you are predisposed to think this via
“Steiner’s threefolding”, or not. It only took
decades of painstaking work to become so at odds, as I am
today, with the Social Science Section of the School of
Spiritual Science (of which I was a member for a long time).
Basically, ... I was asking a seriously different
question, than what was being thought in the Section.
There - in the Section - Steiner’s conceptions of the Three
Spheres of Social Life: Cultural Sphere; Political-Legal
Sphere; and, Economic Sphere, are sufficiently aptly, and
addictively, descriptive such that you can actually end up
not seeing the Social-Political World at all - just
Steiner’s take on it.
My riddle/question, before ever meeting Steiner
through his books, was this: What is the Social Life
Itself Doing? In the Section, their point of view is
mostly ideological ... that is: What will help social life
is that we make it conform in various Ways, small or large,
to Threefolding. The Section has the answer - a
formulation of Steiner’s, and no other questions need apply.
In my early 30‘s, I started having spontaneous
spiritual experiences, some connected to drugs. So
around the year 1978 or so (keep in mind that all this was
happening - for me - within a very fertile political and
spiritual culture belonging to that Santa Cruz / Silicon
Valley-Palo Alto / Oakland / Berkeley / San Francisco /
Marin County / Santa Rosa (rose-cross) spiritual nexus ][
... 1978, I wrote this in a note book: “If the world,
and the human beings occupying it, are all grounded in a
spiritual non-material reality (my personal
experience): How does this change our understanding of
political and social life?”
Three weeks later I meet Rudolf Steiner through his
books. Not too long after (2 years thereabouts) I
began reading Goethean Science, as well as Steiner’s: “A
Theory of Knowledge Implicit in Goethe’s World Conception”,
trying to work out how to apply those principles of
observation and thinking to the phenomena of the Social
World. I had my question/riddle, and to aid in my
ruminations, I now had Steiner’s books etc, revealing a
Method of Self-Aware Thinking, that seemed to have no
difficulty with the Age of Science, even when addressing the
Worlds of the Gods.
In the coming 2018, at the time of the next major
battle in the 2nd America Revolution, when once more all the
members of the House of Representatives, and 1/3rd of the
Senate, will be up for re-election, ... In 2018: I will have
been practicing, for 40 years, the related arts, skills, and
crafts, necessary to “see the social-political with the
thinking/imagination”. The conversion of what is
“seen” to words on a page, - that metamorphosis from
Experience to Word, is a whole other-ness of major magic,
discussed previously, and always worth the readers
consideration, because he/she/it <the reader> plays
the central role in dragging meaning out of print.
This is a cooperative Art. Steiner: It thinks in
me. Tomberg: Learn to think on your knees. The
Inside Spirits of the Social-Political World want to be
known, just as we want to be known. You will not find
them on a page. The page is only a finger pointing to
what-???? , make a guess, sweetie pie ... then look in a
Where Goethe taught himself to read the Book of
Nature; I taught myself to read: The Book of
Social-Political Life. These are living
“books”, and intercourse with invisible patrons, and
interested others, is the norm: Although the main rule
turns out to be that they are more interested in what you do
with your cognitive gifts (shaping thought-forms that live),
than they are in providing answers. Even Our questions
There are tricky issues, which can be discussed -
detailed in the links below. Link to: <Introduction
to a Spiritual Social Science> http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/introductionsss.html
I also wrote essays and books and websites, for the general
public, without using the “anthroposophical
language”: Link to: <Freely Thought American
The Trump Event can’t be isolated from its living
context. In this case - the Trump Event - we must be
able to step back and see as well the Whole: the Living
Context of Earth Existence. This following link to
general map might give support to individual action.
<Economic and Social Rebellion - a money debt owed
bankers is merely a number, while what lives in the hearts
of a People is a spiritual currency of infinitely greater
Have no doubt, Steiner gave us a lot of “wholeness
stuff”, which is fine, expect/except for the fact that if
you don’t do your own thinking (by relying on anyone else),
certain capacities for thinking will be lamed, because you
never exercised them.
The main feature of the Social Political World of
Humanity is that it is given “order” through the opposite of
what we assume creates order. We assume that by
looking to the Past, to historical events, and see the
surface of something - its broad outlines - that Past will
teach how the Present arose. Not the deeps though, ...
we have in “history” a lot of disagreements about whys and
wherefores, as appears on the surface. To say: “that
Lincoln freed the slaves and was murdered for it” grabs a
moment, out of context. It is always crucial,
especially with The Trump Event, to see the flowing details
of our seas of troubles, from which he arose as a kind of
Ahab, seeking to kill the White Whale of American
Politics. If Trump is that, then his story is tragic,
and his pursuits of windmills to rout may well (as we fear),
actually sink the ship of state.
[Enough easy cliches ... shall we dig deeper?]
To try to create cause and effect thoughts, about the
Why’s of our social-political lives only out of stories from
the Past, won’t get the Reality. Reality is far more
Thing is: We are always “In the Beginning”, and the
Present is only a collision of Past and Future mental
pictures, memories, tales, social ties, and
possibilities. We are never there in either - Past and
Future only have value conceptually - traditional tales and
This is true: The problem is that what is
exposing itself in the >changing-surface-now-events<,
can only be seen, in the sense of our having knowledge of
their meaning which we oddly enough create, by the Effort
put into the disciplines of seeing:
<change-over-time>. It is not the moment we are
now in, but the layers of context, that helps us appreciate
Trump ran for President of the United States of
America. That is a “context” with a lot of gravitas.
The Past was once the Present, and lingers yet,
visible to the imagination. Tomorrow, ah, a sigh, ...
The Present births dreams, hopes, wishes, the heart near to
The Trump Event context is a mingling of many many
streams, and riddles of existence, all of which are in
movement. I will sketch small parts of this
contextualizing “seeing/naming” below. Bigger pictures
require much longer forms of exposition.
The US of A was founded out of the human debris of a
slow moving long term dying of European (Western)
Civilization. Where they were living - this debris,
was confining. Millions moved, blown about by winds of
opportunity, ambition, fear, obligation, threat, compunction
even to the level of slavery. “Indentured servants”,
hoping to become farmers, and tavern owners. Refuse
from the endless wars in Europe. The religiously
persecuted. Criminals turned into seamen, jumping ship
anywhere in the New World. Collectively:
In the thinking, of the “founders” (mostly educated
white men with land), existed all the general questions and
understandings connected to: The Enlightenment; The
Renaissance; and the Reformation. In effect, some
great whole, of the political wisdom of Western
Civilization, was planted like a seed in the US
Constitution. Which, entirely newly invented
form of government, shows its qualities by continuing
to survive in an insane world, full of changes far more
radical than Americans so far have had to endure - WWI,
WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, all that was “over
there”, not here.
We have only been at this for two and one-half
Yet, clearly, even Americans are insane - in all the
Ways people overstressed by crap they can’t control get to
act out being overstressed.
Few of us, Americans or otherwise, recognize that the
American People are becoming the People of Peoples.
What is worse, is to admit that these crazy Americans are
the world’s children. The People of Peoples needs to
see itself as the adolescent child of the World’s
Peoples. And the World’s Peoples, who want to complain
about us, have to recognize their own cultures and languages
working fully in what is growing in the Americas as a whole.
Americans did not invent: war, torture, theft of
resources, slavery, abuse of women, and on and on and
on. Americans watched their “parents” behave this Way.
The Americas were invaded, colonized, raped, and
plundered, very nearly reaching the level of a complete
genocide of the aboriginal peoples living here. The
Americas were wrecked and then Europeanized. So now
comes payback. See the movie The Arrival, where
Benjamin Whorf dances with H. P. Lovecraft. It is not
just Winter that is coming.
A massive change of consciousness was in play all over
the world, when the birthing of Steiner’s Economic Sphere
was appearing. A change directed toward the goal that
each and every biography will have the opportunity to
experience painfully deep moral life-trials, and
choices. Each individual is to be freed, to the degree
possible, of social constraints on what to think, and what
to believe, and how to live.
Even though many do not believe this, the human being
is immortal already, and we come into Earth Existence in
order to have experiences that allow us to grow and become.
The now ongoing metamorphosis of civilization begins
with the death of traditions, and habits. These individual
trials required social chaos, so the World’s social order is
being made to, apparently, break down. The Reality is
Other-wise: Dying into a New Becoming would be how Goethe
would phrase it. Consciousness changed. This
changed the world, because the “traditions” limited
individualism, and the young cannot but want to be free of
the chains carried by their parents.
What you are watching on TV is the beginning of a
social-purgative in action. Culture is sick of
Itself. But, at the same time, Culture - being a
living process - will shed its skin. Culture is always
being reborn by something working from the inside of the
human being: Outward. Life is always Art.
So, for example: Rock ‘n Roll goes to Japan.
Japan has an affinity for American Culture. Jazz, one
of the roots of Rock, is very at home in Japan. The
two cultures share “movie-themes”, as a kind of
cross-cultural dialogue. At the same time, Japan is a
place of very strong traditions, regarding behaviors, and
the expression of emotion. Japanese social life has
rules on its rules.
Rock rips the young free of this. This kind of
change, which American Culture has exported to the whole
World, serves the development of individualism, as against,
group consciousness in how behaviors are governed, and what
is “appropriate” emotional expression.
Notice this: Civilization was mostly born in the
East: China and India. It moves, over time, Westward,
through Persia, then Babylonia et. al, where in Greece a
light shines, which light becomes the property of Rome (the
Greek genius-slave is used everywhere in Rome, to “think”
Rome encompasses the tribes of Europe, then Rome
swoons, and during the Faint, the Christian “Church”
(westward and eastward) rules the life of the mind, which
ruler-ship is actually recognized as a “dark” age.
Free thinking not allowed. Literacy controlled.
The Mass is in Latin, and few present know the mysterium of
the words. Cathedrals rise. The composting of
Rome, finishes in a reign of new light for the mind: Natural
Science kicks the Church’s Ass.
In spite of all the Drama, including all the wars
starting with WWI, the Earth still spins in Her Dance with
the Father-Stars, and Their Progeny of planets, moons,
and moon-lets ... All cupped to the Bosoming Life of the
Light of the Son. “In It (the Word, Him) was Life, and
the Life was the Light of the World” (<a fully scientific
TV, however, is not to be trusted with poetic
meaning. Media and Politics can’t even agree on
what are truth and facts anymore. Which is not
News, for the two have been pretending for years not to talk
about a whole lot of stuff. A kind of gentleman’s
agreement, which now lies in pieces on the Floor of the
No doubt Media are not showing us the best stuff, the
true stuff, the places where kindness and trust build
communities around themselves - the real rocks standing in
fields, everywhere and everywhen, all the way back in the
long-ago. “The Dragon is Awake” (Tora, Tora, Tora);
and, “We have met the enemy, and he is us.” Pogo, 1970)
The historical events were secondary effects of the
primary event, which was a change of consciousness through
moral trials (Jung, New Age, most everyone paying attention
saw this coming). The Hopi called this dawning
antiquarian Age: The Day of Purification, or for Christians:
The Third Millennium After Christ.). The world of
matter was being used as a lever to advance invisible
development that cannot be measured, except by the free
individuals themselves. We can use big words like:
Karma, Love, and Justice, and not feel it until those three
hit our personal lives right in the gut. Everyone on
the Planet is riding this Ride.
Karma, Love, Justice, three of the horseman, with us
as the fourth. The horseman are harbingers, nothing
more than a brutally effective writing on the wall, pointing
out that the Gods are still here, watching.
Large, socially-living, institutions come into
existence. The Catholic Church. Natural
Science. Politics. Everywhere people gather to
share-work-live. Meanwhile, the villages, the large
families, the viable small communities, ... they all fall
apart because of: a) the rock ‘n roll individualization
process fractures the ties of blood (as Steiner put it);
and, b) the no longer viable social understandings, such as
to what is sex, race, and fun - the old Ways always pass
away generation by generation. Individuals are
re-inventing life, and the left-over macro social forms of
the past, are often now too rigid and fragile - they are not
able to live with the social-tensions being created by the
individualization processes: <“I come not to bring peace,
but a sword.”>
“Don’t think I came to cause peace across the
land. I didn’t come to cause peace, I came to wield a
sword, because I came to divide a man against his father and
a daughter against her mother and a bride against her
mother-in-law, and to make a man’s servants his
enemies. Whoever prefers father or mother over me is
not worthy of me; and whoever prefers son or daughter over
me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take his cross
and follow after me is not worthy of me. Whoever found
his life will lose it, and the one who lost his life because
of me will find it. Whoever receives you receives me,
and whoever receives me, receives my Sender.” Matthew
10: 34-40 The Unvarnished Gospels, by Andy Gaus.
If the 1960‘s, and everything since, “says” anything:
fractious change is everywhere. People of Faith, in
the US of A, called those years: “culture wars”, and the
“moral values crisis”. Meanwhile, the political Left
<progressives> got into drugs, sex, and rock ‘n roll,
civil rights, feminism, and gay rights; While just
pretending/forgetting that the side losing those battles
were also American Citizens. Five decades later: Enter
Stage Right: “I’m going to make America Great Again.”
But: Citizens of What?
The design of the American government was to create,
not a democracy, but a Democratic Constitutional
Republic. You can read details here: “Uncommon Sense:
The Degeneration, and the Redemption, of Public Life in
America - or, why play by the rules, when the game is
Craving power, wealth, social importance, mixed in
with less and less bits of love of the Republic, Political
Parties took over this process of representative government,
sold votes and favors to economic interests, all the while
lying over and over again to the American People.
There are a lot of People of Faith. A lot.
Between the ground, where the food you are eating today
grew, and that food being in your kitchen, a whole lot of
People of Faith had a hand in getting it to you. They
also pay taxes, and started completely giving up on
“politicians” with the Tea Party thing a few years
ago. The usual characters tried to take advantage, but
that’s a string quickly running out.
Then comes Trump - whose main virtue was: Not a
[[[ By the wayside, here<: The actual
faith in god, of People of Faith, may be easily judged
flawed in many ways, but mostly those judging are
outside. People of Faith made this Country, but not by
holding one particular “faith” of more value than the others
... except: personal freedom, limited by social necessities,
which limits were placed first of all on the
social-form-body (Federal Government), which was to stand
above all other “deciders”. Those We the People
gave the right to set limits for All in law, were themselves
set within limits.
People who think politics is not about emotions on a
fundamental level are dreaming. Emotions, deeply
felt, give people reason to act. The Red State Blue
State aspect is not just reasonable statistics and social
science, the colors are crucial. We, Americans, are
thinkers And doers. Not high culture artists, and
certainly not traditionalists, except for many: A long
family history of Faith.
Many pretenders in “scientific ideas", often sort of
“intellectuals”, don’t get religion at all, thinking
religion is an act of the intellect, and not the will of the
heart. School of Hard Knocks has rules, and
mysteries. That Faith so many laugh about - it keeps a
lot of us sane. Are You saner today, than You were
What is noted, to a degree, is how willingly people
support social change, or don’t. There isn’t a right
or best Way. Those freedoms to choose are why we are
here - in America, which was/is/ and will always be: messy,
raucous, devilish, frustrating, kind, heroic, and ours.
Trump had a play-acted coronation-inauguration, while
the Spirit and Soul of America, had a Rite of Courage,
Confession, and Forgiveness. The fractures between
human beings and the land, are starting to heal.
Those that resist, and those that insist - don’t
usually get along. Particularly when the Political
Parties keep making >how to get along<
impossible. Trump clearly is seeking to “control”, and
very much needs the advice of a Confucius. He’s
clearly not looking for advice though, so it will be the sad
duty of the American Citizen to teach Trump how to want to
look for another job. We get to say: Your Fired!
Won’t that be cool. When we see Sarah Palin visiting
the White House, we will know, he’s ready and wants some
advice about how to quit a political office for a higher
Not to worry.
What we see is a lot of people giving a shit about
their lives, because everywhere in the world people’s lives
are being screwed over by others, and we - Americans - are
sometimes appalled to have so much, in a world which has so
little. And, what is worse is the lies they tell us
from school onward, about we being the greatest country in
the world. Whole Peoples undergo hard lessons, and the
Trump Event is not just being delivered in the US of
A. Everyone in the World goes to the real school - the
School of Hard Knocks. Even Putins and the
Sheiks. Wealth and Power do not protect anyone from
the Tides now moving the World.
The Trump Event then is not about Trump at all.
It is about Citizens of the US of A, getting their Citizen’s
Hats back on, and having Tea Parties, and being wrecking
crews for both major Political Parties, which Parties
stopped giving a shit about their actual constituents almost
right out of the gate, just as certain of the Founders
predicted. Money-banking, and political-parties: the
predicted murderers of the Republic.
Recently, the political Left in America came back to
life, so that Sanders and friends messed with the Democrats,
occupying the Center like some kind of pile of dead logs in
the Way of anything “modern”. The Faith folk of the
Heartland (which is everywhere, actually, being a state of
mind), went on the March, so that now both the Dems and the
GOP are pretending all is well, and they are on top of
things - which is a cracked and worn old record, and not on
anyones Top 40 anymore.
The Political Parties are broken, and they can’t hold
a rally without facing some serious questions. These
“waves” of change are really evidence of a angry shift
happening to the real power in America: the Citizen.
Last night on the News was a woman yelling at her lame
Congressperson: “You work for me!”.
The Press is >Actually< applying rules of Truth
to political speech (although still loving - mostly - the
sensational bits more). And, the Press like most
(>opps>) of us is defining its/our position as
having had nothing to do, casually, with the Liar, Liar,
Hair On Fire noise: Which is shaking up peace of mind
everywhere. Nope, wasn’t us, it was Them.
Except, well, Citizens are marching again. When
Afghanistan and Iraq came, a lot of folks wondered why
people weren’t marching, like during Vietnam. Mostly I
think folks are tired. Got enough on their
plates. No need to go looking for trouble, given how
easily it finds you all on its own.
Seems, however, the “Owners” as George Carlin liked to
call them: Finally went-too-far. Not all at once, but
their games only work when not noticed. 2008 :nuf,
When the Press asks for the truth, and people are
showing up at political rallies to give a huge in -your-face
ration of shit to a politician, that’s a Second American
Revolution being birthed. Main thing about the first
one, staying on the sidelines doesn’t work. You will
have to make choices. That’s why you came to the
Celebration of Life, to help America bust the chops of the
Political Party System, rewrite the Constitution, and
actually do its job as a breadbasket of healthy food for the
whole world. Right. Right!
Want to tame at least some of the crazy in the
world? Come visit America. Trump may not have
the welcome-mat out, and such, but there’s a lot of places
in America were this will heal the world heart of US of A
folks. Americans have a lot, even when they have
little, and it is obvious others are way more in need.
All the same, a Second America Revolution needs more than
the “colonists” - more than just locals, same as the
What the world is, and what is the relationship of
America to all that: Is everyone’s business.
See, .. . ... here too the Citizen has been cut out of
the decision loop, by the money and their servant
politicians. Americans, being/having a little bit of
ass-kicking everyone in their DNA, all have a MF degree in
the school of hard knocks. Who do you think went to
WWI, WWII, Korean,Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq?
Americans are ripe to clean their own house, which house
belongs to everyone. Not without pain and suffering
though. Real historical change is never pretty, being
as it conjures: food fights and sleeping outside with no
indoor toilets time.
If Putin is screwing with American Politics, who gains
from this? No anyone here, or in the rest of the world
either. I personally, as a Citizen of the US of
A, politely request the presence of: Anyone who wants,
to come to America and help us with the 2018 election.
Just, you know, have an open mind. Help, don’t
boss. We’ve got to work this out
ourselves. Most of us, just like most of the
People in the world, would like the whole world to be a
better place. Borders are a problem, only if people
don’t forget to appreciate that it isn’t always necessary to
color inside the lines