Roots of German Philosophy, Part One: Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)
September 9, 2008
Nietzsche was not widely read during his lifetime, so I can identify with him. He was better known for his big moustache, which was his crude attempt to infuse the spirit of America’s wild west into Germany. This and his bohemian cowboy clothing caused him to be regarded as a crank by the academics, who were just like the wankers we have in Canada today. Nevertheless, he was befriended by Richard Wagner and his wife, who were both into imperialism. Wagner and Nietzsche influenced each other artistically, since each tried to outdo the other by going to extremes. Nietzsche was very impressed by the fact that the performance of Tannhauser in Paris in 1859 caused rioting, and he wished he’d known about it so he could have participated. Neitzsche rejected Platonism, as most of us do today, as well as Christianity and egalitarianism. He regarded democracy as the “collective degeneration of man” and upheld the master morality exemplified by the Roman Empire and the World Wrestling Federation. Germany makes the best S&M porn videos, and we can thank Nietzsche for that. But Nietzsche should not be blamed for influencing Nazism, since he was only about 10% responsible. In Beyond Good and Evil he talked about the will to power, which was the motivation for Albert DeSalvo, the Boston Strangler, as well as the Hunt Brothers, who tried to corner the silver market. This book, by the way, was self-published, like most of my own, so that’s another plus on Nietzsche’s side. In Thus Spoke Zarathustra he posited the existence of the Ubermensch, which later found expression in the TV and comic book hero Superman. He also wrote The Gay Science, a collection of memoirs about growing up gay in Saxony. In this book he also expounded the idea of eternal recurrence, which says basically that the universe keeps recurring. In other words, it’s always the same shit over and over again. You hear that from people a lot, so it must be true. But the guy who thinks of something first is the one who gets remembered as the philosopher. In the last ten years of his life, Nietzsche was out of his mind. During this time he wrote a comic opera about the Illuminati, which he hoped would cause a riot even better than what Wagner got, but it was never performed. (Madonna has the only known manuscript of this work.) He was also convinced he could talk to horses and, using his expertise as a philologist, he compiled a lexicon of horse language. Scholars are not in agreement as to what Nietzsche’s ideas really mean, but that’s no excuse not to apply them in your everyday life. If Nietzsche were alive today, he and I would go down Yonge St. with baseball bats and smash the heads of all the homeless bastards begging for money and all the Muslim women covered up like mummies, and fuck egalitarianism. The superior people should rule because of master morality, and get out of our way because when we’re off our meds, there’s no telling what we’ll do to you.
1. Bratwurst at Dawn, by Heinz Entsetzlich, 1968, Sturm Editions.
2. Dungeons of Saxony, by Gretel Von Fackel, 1977, Gila Monster Books.
3. Nordic Icons, by Erich Schleichen, 1956, Hose Press.
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