Nietzsche and the Government’s Warmongering over Ukraine

Our government’s belligerence and sabre-rattling over Ukraine brought to my mind a quotation from Friedrich Nietzsche, the 19th century radical German philosopher. Nietzsche hated Christianity and what he called its ‘slave morality’, and instead advocated the philosophy of the ‘Ubermensch’ or ‘superman’, who would live a free and creative life unrestrained by conventional bourgeois morality. I think there’s a line in his best-known work, Thus Spake Zarathustra, which runs

‘They say that a good cause justifies any way. But I say unto you, a good war justifies any cause’. Nietzsche himself was rather less aggressive than his supporters. When his cousin, Elizabeth Forster-Nietzsche, hailed Thus Spake Zarathustra as a work of supreme German nationalism, Nietzsche wrote back to her telling her that she was wrong. ‘It is a book for those who like to sit and think, no more’.

I doubt Bozo or any of the horrors have ever read Nietzsche, and I doubt they’d like him if they did. But they have the same attitude to war, even though I don’t think Nietzsche himself was entirely serious about it when he wrote.

But Bozo and his minions are, and I am afraid they will drag us into dreadful carnage, if not a nuclear war.

Advertisement

Tags: , , , , , ,

One Response to “Nietzsche and the Government’s Warmongering over Ukraine”

  1. Brian Burden Says:

    Too true!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


%d bloggers like this: