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Letter: In defense of Nietzsche

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  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    April 12, 2014 8:45 a.m.

    Oh my a voice of reason.

    One would think that an idea in support of individual betterment would strike a welcome cord in the hearts of all conservatives and or libertarians. However, to give up a traditional conservative meme of decrying all German, and comparing everything they dislike to Nazi principles is probably too much to ask.

  • Tyler D Meridian, ID
    April 12, 2014 10:36 a.m.

    Nietzsche also thought blind faith and superstition were morally weakening and corrupting so I’d guess this would be conservative’s biggest grip.

  • Pendergast Salt Lake City, UT
    April 12, 2014 11:36 a.m.

    Mr Tuttle is right that Nietzche would not be a proponent of the the Nazis. Nietzche would be a fan of the individual not large bureaucratic entities.

    One of my favorite quotes of his, "Every church is a stone on the grave of a god-man: it does not want him to rise up again under any circumstances."

  • nonceleb Salt Lake City, UT
    April 12, 2014 1:08 p.m.

    I responded to Cramer's characterization online. To add to pragmatist. . ., Nazis misappropriated and distorted Nietzsche's philosophy. He admired Richard Wagner and his music when younger, but disassociated with him later when he discovered Wagner's anti-Semitism, national chauvinism, and belief in Nordic superiority. Nietzsche would have been horrified if he knew his teachings would be misused later (he died in 1900).