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The confusions of ‘liberal atheism’

August 29th, 2009 · 1 Comment

I have been rereading again: Nietzsche, Prophet of Nazism: The Cult of the Superman–Unveiling the Nazi Secret Doctrine
We have commented on this book here already.
Despite its limitations, and its failure to conform to the dogmas of the academic Nietzsche cult, this book is an eye-opener on certain points.

We have been discussing ‘liberal atheists’ today, and their fixation on Darwinism, with an unspoken Nietzsche strain in the background. It is a deluded combination of ideas, and one that historically, as this book makes clear, and Nietzsche scholars have suppressed, has combined genocidal fascism, Darwinian eugenics, and Nietzschean nihilism into an esoteric conspiracy of mass murder complete with exoteric cover story that has veiled the dynamics of what was really happening. We still don’t know the exact truth of the matter to this day. The rewriting of Nietzsche as some kind of liberal, by Walter Kauffman et al., in the wake of WWII is one of the more notable absurdities of this whole history.

Liberals need to be wary of the Nietzschean intellectual cult, its confusing embrace of Darwinism and eugenics, and the rest of it.

Nietzsche set a kind of standard for atheists, but almost all of his basic assumptions are wrong, and he was determined to sabotage liberalism. He got the whole modernity wrong, even as he spawned the postmodern fad in its embryonic form.
I think that liberals, in tradition of William Jennings Bryan, should be the dragon-slayers here, minus the cocky Nietzschean silliness of figures like Mencken at the Scopes Trial.
This is not a sermon about belief in ‘god’ by liberals, but the demand for a perspective that is historically robust, able to withstand the false histories of Darwinism and Nietzschean anti-modernism, and some awareness of the larger spiritual psychology of man, something that makes the Nietzschean eugenic genocidal project (always lurking like a viral strain in the cultural underground) a dangerous lunacy that could never work, for the simple reason that ‘survival of the fittest’ and ‘natural selection’ are not the mechanisms of evolution.

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