Post-Leftists Ruin Everything...
I was into Nietzsche before it was cool.
- The Hipstermensche
I’m currently reading Stephen RC Hicks, “Explaining Postmodernism,” and his interpretation of Nietzsche is summed up as follows, “What Nietzsche meant with his passionate exhortations to be true of oneself, is to break out of the artificial and constraining categories of reason. Reason is a tool of weaklings who are afraid to be naked in the face of a cruel and conflicted reality and who therefore build fantasy intellectual structures to hide in. What we need to bring out the best possible in us is “the perfect functioning of the regulating unconscious instincts.” The yeasayer - the man of the future - will not be tempted to play word-games but will embrace conflict. He will tap into his deepest drives, his will to power, and channel all of his instinctual energies in a vital new direction.”
I can see how this may sound like a compelling call to action, but without Reason, the a “new direction” will lead us over a cliff. Evidenced by the situation we are in today.
Nietzsche replaced relying on reason with relying on Will. But the problem with that is who's to say that your Will is (better?) than theirs? You say Nietzsche is only for the isolated few, but why are you one of those 'few' and they aren't? Having denied the existence of any constraint on the Will, you have nothing left to appeal to, except maybe physical force.
Too little too late. Most of what passes off as “philosophy” today is hopelessly mediocre. Nietzsche is merely one (among many) who are casualties moreso by “accident” than anything else.
I remember some years back (2015 I think?) trying to do a custom order for some books via the University of Toronto Bookstore. It was mostly titles from the University of Minnesota Press’ “Theory and History of Literature” that was first compiled in the early 80s (the final volume was #88, Adorno’s Aesthetic Theory, if I am remembering it properly).
Not only did they not have most of what I was looking for, but I was informed that most of the 88 volumes (save for a few of the more well known names like Sloterdijk and others) was discontinued long ago (I think the lady told me it was 1998?).
So this is just the endgame. Enjoy it while you can folks; because the Nuclear Bonfires and the Demons and Demonlords are next!
Well, I guess I'm not a Nietzsche-ist in any sense whatsoever. Not the post left sense or the woke sense or the anti-woke sense or in the sense of the people who are really into Nietzsche. I'm not a "rare flame" who believes she is among the "ubermensch" who "defy convention." Good to know.
I've never managed to get my head around how you can be a leftist and Nietzschean.
Once you read Napoleon, you won’t need Nietzsche.
Amongst certain people, those who never paid much attention to the herd mentality that is Western civilization, Nietzsche always echoed. It is with some amusement that he is surfing through the waves of mediocre thought today, like a flash of light in a vast darkness.
Clearly, he came perilously close to remembering the old gods, who laughed as their warriors smashed the legions in Teutoburger Wald, and forever halted Roman expansion.
Just as clearly, he was hampered in his understanding by the victory of the Abrahamics, those paragons of God's will who erased all opposition through book burning and mass murder. Unavailable to him were the revelations of Nag Hammadi, or the memories of the Platonists.
Some call him a lover of all things Semitic, that he read into the old testament for the image his soul was searching for. This indeed is the mystery of Nietzsche, that he would claim to find in the hijacked tales of Sumer a notion, an idea, or a pulse that fit his iconoclast sensibilities.
Perhaps even in his individuated fire, he couldn't quite find the muscle to leap away from the comfortable apron of mommy church.
In the end, this unfortunate attachment may well be the root of the banal and uninteresting flocking to him today.
Wait a minute... Are you making fun of me for lifting weights or for being a racist?
BAP singlehandedly poisoned the alt/dissident/NrX right into the dumpster of pop culture. Piss on em’ anti-establishment is more interesting anyway.