Prophet of Nazism?
There was some discussion of Nietzsche at darwiniana, with some objections from one commenter. It is easy to be unfair to Nietzsche, it is even easier to be too fair
Stephen Smith recommends:
Here is an interesting read:
Nietzsche, Prophet of Nazism: The Cult of the Superman–Unveiling the Nazi Secret Doctrine (Paperback)
by ABIR TAHA (Author)
From Note on Ascheim and his book on Nietzsche/Nazism, 2008/12/12 at 12:36 AM
This book certainly looks interesting, despite the howls of protest certain to arise from the Nietzsche defender/commenter of the last few days/week.
I accept that fellow’s dialectic, but after having been too fair to Nietzsche I have learned to consider renewed suspicions of the whole game that materialized in the generation of Blavatsky, young Gurdjieff, and a host of other figures. Something we can’t quite see, and which was very dreadful took root, and it is echoed in Nietzsche, one speculates. In part it is the general tide of the right rising to meet the surging left. ‘Echoed’ of course does not mean that Nietzsche was consciously aware of what was going on, even as he became a mysterious, but contradictory, mouthpiece. It seems that Nietzsche ‘came to’, somehow, and pulled up short, as he sensed the monumental bullshit over the era of the Bismarck Reich, emerging antisemitism, Wagnerian coteries of proto-fascists, etc… The result was the mixed and confusing legacy of Nietzsche in relation to both the first world war and the coming of Nazism. This issue requires careful study of such meticulous authors as Steven Ascheim (which can lead to other subsequent studies), which even at its most favorable must demonstrate the clear and obvious uses of Nietzsche by these later thugs, whether or not or to what degree Nietzsche would have repudiated them (and in fact did so before the fact).
The problem is Nietzsche’s loudmouth tendencies to say shockingly quotable things, unaware that dangerous idiots would take them literally.
So, I can’t vouch for this book til read, and even as the issue of ‘estoricism’ is brought in, it is inevitable that authors claiming to resolve this aspect of the question, invariably get it wrong.
Product Description, Amazon
The “Cult of the Superman” has haunted humanity throughout history, yet it was only clearly expressed in the philosophy of its modern prophet, Friedrich Nietzsche, and culminated in its fiercest supporter, the National Socialist ideology, a political religion whose main ideal and objective were the creation of a superhuman species.
By showing the link between the Nietzschean and Nazi worldviews – and more specifically the Nazi Secret Doctrine which the author calls “esoteric Nazism”- the author’s aim is to demonstrate that the Nazis were pure Nietzscheans, thus repudiating the views of some scholars who deny or undermine any link between the Nietzschean and Nazi doctrines. She endeavours to prove that the Nazi esoteric ideology was primarily an endeavour to actualise and institutionalise Nietzsche’s cult of the Superman, applying it to a political system that would breed a Herrenvolk or “Master Race” in body and spirit, destined to rule the earth. Nazism was in fact greatly influenced by Nietzsche’s philosophy, especially his concept of the Superman, giving it a political dimension in order to “put Nietzsche into motion” and turn the philosopher’s cult from an abstract notion into a concrete reality. The S.S. (Schutzstaffeln, or “Security Squads”), Nazi Germany’s racial and political elite, was indeed a self-proclaimed Nietzschean institution of Übermenschen or “Supermen” claiming to embody the creed of the Godlike man.
Thus did both Nietzsche and the Nazis call for a revival of Aryan paganism, namely the ancient Aryan esoteric tradition from India to Greece, rejecting the Jewish religion of Christianity, which they believed was a gross distortion of Christ’s original teachings. Both doctrines acknowledged the Will to Power as the motor of history; both praised the qualities and values of the Superman, glorifying war, and advocating a radically aristocratic view of the world. Both Nietzsche and Nazism despised Western Judaeo-Christian Civilisation and its two products, Liberalism and Socialism, introducing a “third option” – aristocratic radicalism – between “corrupt egalitarian democracy” and the “materialist socialism of the mob”. In addition, both advocated the rule of an Aryan universal “Master Race” transcending the boundaries of states and nations; and finally, both Nietzsche and the Nazis dismissed the “decadent” Jew from civilisation, considering him alien to the natural order, an incarnation of the slave morality.
About the Author
Abir Taha, currently a diplomat and a “doctorante” in philosophy at the Sorbonne University, is an expert in Nietzschean thought. For yearsshe has extensively read, studied, and analysed Nietzsche’s philosophy. She has written several studies and dissertations on philosophy and political theory, particularly Nietzschean thought. Whereas most Nietzsche scholars ignore the spiritual dimension of Nietzsche’s philosophy, the author contends that there lies the essence of the great German philosopher’s work. She thus put special focus on Nietzsche’s spirituality, which is deeply influenced by Greek and Indian philosophy. Having deep knowledge of Western and Eastern esoteric thought and the influence of esoteric schools on current political ideologies, the author underwent extensive research on Nazism and its occult roots, paying special attention to Nietzsche’s influence on what she calls “Esoteric Nazism”, thus unveiling the Nazi Secret Doctrine and establishing a clear link between Nietzsche’s philosophy and Nazism as a spiritual Weltanschauung. The author is currently publishing a book in French entitled “Nietzsche’s Coming God, or the Redemption of the Divine”.
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