The Threefold Commonwealth - The Economic Principle

About: lecture series: the social question and theosophy

Rudolf Steiner: ... “In a community of human beings working together, the well-being of the community will be the greater, the less the individual claims for himself the proceeds of the work he has himself done, i.e., the more of these proceeds he makes over to his fellow workers, and the more his own requirements are satisfied, not out of his own work done, but out of work done by the others”
To do this from the top down by force of government is however socialistic slavery!


Seth says
Conversely the well being of the individual will be greater where the opposite is claimed by him.  Did RS not mention that?   I think there is always a balance between the individual's strength and the group's strength.  I'm not so very sure that there is any useful general rule that should always be applied.  I think such a rule would be, from a larger perspective, like a rule that you should always get up on the left side of the bed and not the right side.

Seth says
If the government is we the people ... as it should be ... then you bring up the question of which side imposes the balance, the group, or the individual.  Is that not a zero sum situation too ... the more the one side controls the balance the less the other.   So then when it is all the government's choice of balance, yes we get a totalitarian slavery state ... when it is all the individual, you get a chaotic wild west with powerful individuals dominating the  survival of the fittest.  Neither extreme is, imho, desirable.  There are of course many dimensions in which that dynamic can play upon.  RS's three would work for me.  Unfortunately our current society has not developed along them. ... or has it?