Friedrich Nietzsche and His Proto-Nazi Eco-Fascism

In his youth, second only to Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860), Adolf Hitler treasured the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900).  Both Schopenhauer and Nietzsche were early German forerunners of what could be easily characterized as a natural existentialism.  Both men argued that nature or existence is so permeated with the natural driving force of will that it essentially trumps all human thought and rationality.  Such a natural or existential outlook on the thinking man was a precursor to the Nazi "will to power" ideology.  This was perfectly showcased in Leni Riefenstahl's (1902-2003) notorious documentary film Triumph of the Will. Hitler's lifelong fascination with Nietzsche is corroborated by the fact that the Nazis essentially made the Nietzsche Archives of Weimar the official shrine of their regime in 1933.  Even as late as 1944, the green Nazi philosopher Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) went so far as to say that Nietzsche was the spiritual...(Read Full Article)

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