Third Reich: Alfred Baeumler’s ‘Heroic. Realism’. The nazis, it has long been held , were not interested in ideas.1 Arendt’s influ- ential thesis of the ‘banality of. Using the prominent National Socialist philosopher Alfred Baeumler as a prism, this article is an attempt to shed a more nuanced light on the Nietzsche/National. From Alfred Baeumler, Studien zur deutschen Geistesgeschichte (Berlin: Junker und Duennnhaupt Verlag, ), pp. ,

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This alfree deals with the great politics of virtue. Neustadt an der TafelfichteBohemiaAustria-Hungary. Rather, an extreme pride is in order here. The herd instinct is basically altogether different from the instinct of an “aristocratic society,” composed of strong, natural men who do not permit their basic instincts to languish in favor of a mediocre average — men who know how bxeumler curb and control their passions instead of weakening or negating them.

This again must not be understood from an individualistic point of view. Rather, we mean that we have entered into a new relationship with baaeumler past, that our view has been cleared for what was truly forceful in this past but which had been clouded by bourgeois ideology.

Ultimately the ideal of democratic equality rests upon the latter assumption. Nietzsche employs a famous antithesis to make this clear: And that means training, training, training! What would Europe be without Germany? Thomas Mann read Baeumler’s work on Nietzsche in the early s, and characterized passages of it as ” Hitler prophecy”. He can understand man only as a warrior against Fate. Nietzsche’s Nordic and soldierly valuation opposes that of the Mediterranean world and that of the priests.

But that is only a half-truth if we do not regard him at the same time as the philosopher of activism. Junker und Duennnhaupt Verlag,pp. The movement that led from Herder to Goerres, to the brothers Grimm, Eichendorff, Arnim, and Savigny, is the only spiritual movement that is still fully alive.


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Even in this connection, Nietzsche has supplied algred deepest meaning: When Nietzsche warns, “Be true to the Earth! It has the choice to exist as the anti-Roman power of Europe, or not to exist. Nietzsche’s “values” have nothing to do with the Beyond, and therefore cannot be petrified into dogma. Retrieved from ” https: Italics in the original.

Nietzsche and National Socialism

In contrast, Romanticism saw man again in the light of his natural and historical ties. The former contains the foundations of a new policy.

This can be done only by one community, one race, one people Like National Socialism, Nietzsche sees in the state, in society, the “great mandatary of life,” responsible for each life’s failure to life itself. We understand the “will to power” — even if in an altogether different manner than our enemies assume.

Something inferior is always attached to the “realization” of given values whether these values are of a mundane or extramundane character The Nordic melody of strife and labor sounds strong and clear here.

The wholly different individualism of the Enlightenment also worked in this direction. The foundations of Christian morality — religious individualism, a guilty conscience, meekness, concern for the eternal salvation of the soul — all are absolutely foreign to Nietzsche.

It believed in reason, it was rational, but it was “political” only in that it denied the feudal system; it was unable to erect an enduring political system of its own and was capable only of breaking the path for the economic system of capitalism. Out of his amor fati Nietzsche spoke contemptuously about Christianity with its “perspective of salvation. The development of moral values is the work of unmoral passions and considerations. It is the only movement with which Nietzsche had to wrestle In a word, we have discovered new possibilities for understanding the essence of German existence.


It is our greatest hope that the state today is wide open to our youth.

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Before his eyes stood the task of our race: No deed can be undone by repentance. Only ill-willed persons could maintain that everything that has been created by the past must now be negated.

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If in doing so he becomes the apologist for the “unconscious,” this “unconscious” is not to be understood in terms of depth pyschology. In other projects Wikimedia Commons.

He wanted to hear nothing of the state as a moral organism in Hegel ‘s sense, he also wanted to hear nothing of Bismarck ‘s Christian Lesser Germany “Kleindeutschland”. What does that mean? Nietzsche and National Socialism Alfred Baeumler. And if today we shout “Heil Hitler! He returns — as a single member in a community.

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It led men from a hopeless political reality back into their own selves and gathered them together in small private circles. But for thousands of years a life-weary morality has opposed the aristocracy of the strong and healthy. For, finally, what is the use!

This individualism was not of a religious-sentimental character. Here the concern is not with the instinctive and unconscious drives of an individual. Return to Racialist Authors. He revolts against the concept aldred repentance: His books were published in Italy in the late s by the Edizioni di Ara far-right publishing house.