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May 15, 2017 / compassioninpolitics

My Critique of Nietzsche’s Critique of Normative Ethics–And the accussations of Nietzsche being a Racist or a Nazi thing

You can’t blame that all on his sister.  Yes, his sister made the connections clear, but that doesn’t mean those values weren’t latent in his philosophy already.


How is someone who reject ethics reject racism.  Nietzsche is relativism in drag.  Relativism is a limp noodle versus racism.  It lacks any backbone to give us a Constitution, rights, or any means of rejecting racism.


What is the Nietzschean rejection of racism that doesn’t also link to his own critique?  Which would mean his critique leaves the anti-racist without any tools.

Historically proven–MLK couldn’t have used Nietzsche to cause the civil rights change, because civil rights are critiqued by Nietzsche.  Nietzshce couldn’t have been used to get rid of slavery, because Nietzsche would have said “they need to suffer” or this is just lame compassion.


What part of his overarching thesis statement certainly don’t point in this direction:


“Where has God gone?” he cried. “I shall tell you. We have killed him – you and I. We are his murderers. But how have we done this? How were we able to drink up the sea? Who gave us the sponge to wipe away the entire horizon? What did we do when we unchained the earth from its sun? Whither is it moving now? Whither are we moving now? Away from all suns? Are we not perpetually falling? Backward, sideward, forward, in all directions? Is there any up or down left? Are we not straying as through an infinite nothing? Do we not feel the breath of empty space? Has it not become colder? Is it not more and more night coming on all the time?


Thats his words not mine.  Thats his thesis statement of his whole philosophy.


That infinite nothing is what is left to the moral infrastructure which helps maintain relationships based on love, compassion, kindness, mutual affirmation, fairness, and caring and replaces them with nothing or their opposites.  (or any part of civilization in terms of justice, fairness, democracy, or even the norms of debate–or basic respect and dignity).


What Nietzsche is describing is ultimately intellectual anarchy and political anarchy. Its that “war of all against all” that Hobbes warned us about. Violence, domination, dehumanization, not freedom or justice will be the legacy of that change.


His vision is Charlie Sheens & Trump & Machiavelli’s rule the world.



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