[Marxism] Nietzsche on MLK

Jeff Rubard jeffrubard at gmail.com
Mon Jan 20 15:03:52 MST 2014

The essay on Bhaksar and Nietzsche by Gary McLennan is very interesting. I
personally have never read Bhaksar, since I haven't seen his works in
bookstores since my days in Pittsburgh, but Nietzsche himself is now
available in his (German) entirety at a new "munificent" website, Nietzsche
Source [http://www.nietzschesource.org/], and so there is perhaps no way
around the confrontation between "populist reason" and a couple of
varieties of postmodernism.

Although we have all been carefully instructed not to say so, I think it is
simply patent that Nietzsche was the philosopher of fascism, both in its
virulent manifestation 1920-1945 and in attenuated forms approaching or
joining neoliberalism afterwards (Niklas Luhmann once drew attention to the
fact that the Freie Demokratische Partei had absorbed the most old Nazis
out of the postwar parties, and I think this bears some thinking upon).

When we look at "what Nietzsche really says", not only about the extant
socialist movement of the 19th century but really about anything, it is
like peering into the mind of, if not Hitler, at least definitely
Mussolini. His vaunted atheism of course contains the anti-Semitism he is
supposedly free of (Judaism appearing as a 'revolt against reality'; we
know since Erich Auerbach this is not philologically justified, at any
rate) and he never misses a chance to speak against "equaliberty" in any

Certain later statements of Nietzsche's foreshadow the EU (seriously), and
so the problem is not that he is "out of date"; the problem is that his
views offer a seductive congener of genuine emancipation. In an era where
the newly trendy Francois Laruelle can say a Nietzschean politics is the
only genuine anti-fascism, spending more time in Friedrich's attic with the
ultramontanes, the egoists of "genuine culture", the misogynists up to
saying women can't cook well, and other detritus of the 20th century is
perhaps not optional.

Jeff Rubard

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