Only a moral and virtuous people are capable of freedom; the more corrupt and vicious a people becomes, the more it has need of masters. -- Benjamin Franklin
Thanks for the links Fryster. This guy is living in his own dream world. Countless misinterpretations and poor understanding of contextual clues in writing. He also needs to revisit history as to why the Roman Empire collapsed... a combination of overextending themselves and high inflation over the course of hundreds of years ripped the empire apart. The barbarians simply finished the job. But, the museum shooter claims Christianity was the sole defeater of the Roman Empire, so I guess he is right
I also detected a bit... ok, maybe ALOT of Friedrich Nietzsche in the shooter's thought process. Surprise, surprise, also the main philosophical influencer of Hitler and Mussolini.
Nietzsche was not a not "a nazi" but a nihilist/cynic philosopher and broke off his relations with Richard Wagner (the composer) because he didn't agree with his racist views. Racists who like Nietzsche don't understand what they are "enjoying". The ignorant mentality of racism and "average human thought" is what must be overcome by the superman or ubermensche... Anyone attached to an ideology is not a superman.
Nietzsche's sister however, was an anti-semite and compiled (likely edited as well) and sent out his work to a lot of pre-nazi rightwingers after his death. The new translations by Kaufmann(?) are likely quite different than the "originals" published by his sister. I have not had the chance to read an original. Obviously Christians or monotheists of any sort do not like Nietzsche for a number of reasons. I encourage everyone who seeks the truth of the matter to read for themselves The Gay Science, Ecce Homo and Thus Spake Zarathustra if you want to "see" what Nietzsche really said. Barnes and Noble has them all bound in one volume now after I bought them separately.
I found one of those links hilarious as it accused MIT professor of Linguistics and Philosopher/US foreign policy analyst Noam Chomsky of "millions of deaths". Again, so much wrong there I could write my own book... Are they pulling "evil sounding" names out of hat?
Swords, good synopsis and I couldn't have said it better myself. Though Nietzsche was himself not a racist, the outworking of his philosophical belief more than facilitates haneous acts. There cannot be any justifiable framework for ethics or morality under this philosophy. Sure, one can live a moral life, but it is not the logical outworking of Nietzsche's philosophy.
It really stinks that so much is taken out of context like you said. It seems the biggest culprit of them all is the darned media! lol, I just read your last line. You're right, Noam Chomsky definitely sounds like an evil professor!!!
Hey, you know, Bush was a dirty treehugging hippie too. Did you hear that he pushed a bunch of laws through with dirt-loving names like the "Clear Skies Initiative?"
I'm so glad my TV tells me what all of these big words mean so that I don't have to worry about their actual definitions.
o//~ Livin' like a bug ain't easy / My old clothes don't seem to fit me /
I got little tiny bug feet / I don't really know what bugs eat /
Don't want no one steppin' on me / Now I'm sympathizin' with fleas /
Livin' like a bug ain't easy / Livin' like a bug ain't easy... o//~
Nietzsche's philosophy is merely aimed at individuals transcending mundane humanity and becoming "all you can be" to steal a popular phrase. The nihilism and cynicism comes from his idea of rejecting all your past conditioning from state, religion, race, heritage, upbringing, traditions, addictions, etc. Being better than your predecessors/ancestors who were bound by these restrictions to the human spirit. Evolving your human organism beyond the "philosophical dark ages", so to speak.
I recall seeing one book that listed one of Nietzsche's works as one of the "10 books destroying the world" or some silly thing like that. All 10 being discussed were books I would recommend people read even if I don't agree with some of them. To truly know what they actually say you must read the real books. Not a synopsis book by someone who could be pulling your leg for some reason not yet divined. I guess that book could fall under the heading of "media" too. I almost bought it merely for the comedy factor but it was more than $20 and the joke of it might have worn off by the time I got home with it.
One interesting thing about Chomsky is that being a linguist much of his books go to unraveling what names like "Clear Skies Initiative", "Radical Reduction", "Sunshine Units" , etc. is actually talking about. When the government has something shrouded in some campy term - it's never good!
For those interested Understanding Power is a good easy starter Chomsky read before delving into some of the other rather long and often boring (sorry!) works.