Brothers in World Economy


This workshop explores the link between Rudolf Steiner's ideas about the world as one single economy and the policies of Keynes that tended, albeit not wholly consciously, in that direction. Keynes was constrained by his education in classical economics, by his Englishness and by his role as a representative of the British government. In this sense, he could not speak directly about a world economy in which all countries were regarded as partners, for he had to go along with the idea that as Britain's imperial influence waned it was the turn of the Uniited States to be 'top dog'. Even so, one can see in many of his works, that Keynes was thinking of a global partnership, a worldwide shared economy.

...and Steiner

Rudolf Steiner was a perceptive economist who spoke about deeper themes than usual and did not use a methodology that was forced to rely on mechanistic thinking. His descriptive approach made of economics a science that is both theoretical and practical. Among other things, this led to the recognition that modern economic life has become a global affair and should follow the laws of economics, rather than politics, for example, but should be governed by serving one another rather than oneself. This world, so strange to the modern mind, is hidden from us only by wrong conceptions – in particular the mistake of understanding land, labour, capital and money as commodities. See through this error, and one enters the landscape Steiner describes.