Progressives, God, and the Nazis

Progressives, God, and the Nazis, by Frank de Sousa.

With progressivism, where is the end toward which we are meant to be progressing? Can there be an end without a guiding telos? …

But what happens when God is killed, when God is dead? …

Nietzsche, of course, is famous for declaring just this fact — that God is dead. The town of Modernity was not big enough for both God and man, so man took care of God.

What is the practical consequence of this? Nietzsche, blessed (or cursed) with a preternatural prescience, told us just what this would entail. In “The Parable of the Madman”, … [the madman] excites considerable laughter from his audience [when he announced he was looking for God], for they are living in the Age of Reason, where the concept of God is ridiculous. …

The telos of existence will now be provided for by the imperative to survive, to stay the hand of extinction. In Darwin’s On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection … the purpose of life in Modernity is provided. …

The Germans, being the best-educated and most technically advanced population in the world at the time of the 1930s, understood the implications of this telos rather too well. As Nietzsche explained, the blond beast, the lion, has no need to apologise to the antelope for killing and eating it, for it is the lion, the king of the beasts. Nature, after all, is red in tooth and claw, for there is no good or bad in Nature, no right or wrong. There is just Nature.

So when the two-legged blond beasts proceeded to exercise the prerogatives Nature had conferred on them by mercilessly seeking after Lebensraum, there was no ethical system to hold them at bay, for Nature had emphatically given the go-ahead: the strong do what they want and the weak suffer what they must.

Nevertheless, the best-lain plans of mice and men often go awry. Contrary to the ordinances of Nature, the battle actually ended being to the weak, the race to the slow. The Untermenschen ended up crushing and prevailing over the Übermenschen, the Red Army inflicting the overwhelming majority of casualties suffered by the Wehrmacht on the Eastern Front, which was the focus of most of the fighting in the European theatre.

Modernity recoiled at the excesses of the Nazis, many not quite yet ready to assimilate the implications of the death of God. …

Nietzsche showed that when we kill God, we kill all meaning, all purpose to life. We kill the telos. Nevertheless, standing at the precipice, surveying the promise of infinite nothingness before him, Nietzsche elected to leap into the abyss. He went mad. …

Progressives are not progressive in the sense of linear progress. They are simply incoherent – perpetually falling backwards, sideways, forwards, in all directions, with there being no up or down for them, no male or female, no right or wrong, simply straying as through an infinite nothing.

One of the main messages of the political philosopher Jesus Christ is that we will be held accountable for our deeds in this life, and that all are equal in the eyes of God. Revolutionary ideas indeed , which eventually displaced the “might is right” ethos and sexual predation that prevailed at the time. Jesus political impact reached its zenith perhaps in the 1800s, when white Christians freed the world’s slaves. After that, Marxists and Fabians have been busy overturning Christian ideals.

Bear in mind too that the Nazis were socialists, putting group rights and the state far above the individual. On the spectrum of communes versus individuals, they were well up the socialist end. They were progressives of their day, the way of the future according to most leftists of the 1930s.

The Nazis only appeared to the right of their main electoral rival around 1930 in Germany, the communists. The national socialists (Nazis) allowed private property but commandeered it whenever they wanted. The international socialists (communists) didn’t even allow private property — how woke is that? Of course, because leftist historians and opinion makers preferred the communists, they see Nazis as right wing. Oh what a sad joke.