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Basic Issues of the Social Question

By Rudolf Steiner

GA 23

This book was written in 1919, just after the First World War, and suggests solutions to the social, political and economic problems of those times. At the end of the book, Steiner writes: "... either people will accommodate their thinking to the requirements of reality, or they will have learned nothing from the calamity and will cause innumerable new ones to occur in the future." History since then has proven these words to be prophetic. The "social question" has not been resolved, nor have steps been taken to initiate the healing process. We all too often look to the political state for the solutions to all social problems, be they of an economic, cultural or political nature. Steiner's concept of a tripartite, or threefold society in which the economic, cultural and political spheres would enjoy relative autonomy within the social organism has not yet been tried. This book contains his basic ideas for the restructuring of society.

This translation is by Frank Thomas Smith — thank you, Frank, for allowing us to present your translation — and is provided here with the kind permission of the Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.

This e.Text edition is provided through the wonderful work of:
Frank Thomas Smith, and
The Anthroposophic Press
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CONTENTS

 Cover Sheet  
Contents  
Translators Introduction  
Preface to the Fourth German Edition 1920  
Preliminary Remarks Concerning the Purpose of this Book  
 
Chapter One: The true nature of the Social Question  
Chapter Two: Finding Real Solutions to the Social Problems of the Times  
Chapter Three: Capitalism and Social Ideas  
Chapter Four: International Relations Between Social Organisms  
 
Appendix  
Notes  
About the Author  




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