[Marxism] Nietzsche on MLK

Gary MacLennan gary.maclennan1 at gmail.com
Mon Jan 20 17:32:33 MST 2014

Hi Jeff,
Glad you found it of interest.  I intend to expand this piece into a proper
confrontation between critical realism and Nietzscheanism, that is if I
ever get time from trying to hustle a living together.

Now I agree that it is very interesting how they managed to make
unrespectable any statement of the oh so obvious links between Nietzsche
and the Nazis.  I suspect Kaufman's role in rehabilitating Nietzsche was
crucial here. Certainly Lukacs seems to think so.

The tactics the apologists employ are actually worth a separate study & I
may get round to that.



On Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 8:03 AM, Jeff Rubard <jeffrubard at gmail.com> wrote:

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> 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
> form.
> 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 so the problem is not that he is "out of date"; the problem is that his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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