My mind atrophies. I used be a voracious reader, but I have allowed modern culture to usurp my desire for new knowledge. Twitter, Facebook, mass media, and games have eroded my desire for new and challenging ideas. I have succumbed, mentally in some part, to the modern world. So now, I feel incumbent to challenge myself further than ever before. To that end, I have decided to read, challenge, and apply the ideas to myself. I could not decide where to start, so I grabbed a gift from an old friend, long since gone, dusty, and unread.
The Anti-Christ by Friedrich Nietzsche
I’ve never explored the depths of philosophy. Nietzsche is a legend of course, one who is referenced often. I don’t feel remotely even capable of offering up a thorough analysis of one of the most searing indictments of Christianity ever written. As I read, immediately one thing became crystal clear:
Every single case he lays out against Old Christianity, in the most devastating of fashion, can be explicitly applied to the Modern Progressive. As this realization came upon me, the fury of his words took on new meaning. I’ve believed, for some time, that modern progressivism is a cult. I believe they have replaced the Christian God, which they hold in contempt, with their own religion. A religion based around fanatical levels of devotion usually reserved for inquisitions. Once this premise is understood, the acts they perpetrate, the violence, riots, assaults, and public shaming, come into focus.
The modern Progressive views themselves as evolved. They view the rest, as not only barbaric, but evil. Nietzsche states: “The process of evolution does not necessarily mean elevation, enhancement, or strengthening.” He lays out the case that just because we evolve, does not inherently mean we get better.
The next aphorism was particularly chilling: “I call an animal, a species, an individual corrupt, when it loses its instincts, when it chooses, when it prefers, what is injurious to it…whenever the will to power fails there is disaster.” Here we see, laid bare, the modern progressive. Virtually every policy they advocate for, is against the individual’s self interest, and even injurious to the individual. Whether the topic be immigration, national security, economic, trade deals, they are perfectly willing to sacrifice the individual for what they view as the common good.
The next aphorism deconstructs another of the modern progressive ideologies: Pity is virtuous. As we see, the modern progressive loves nothing more than to “virtue-signal” about how pious and righteous they are. “Pity stands in opposition to all the tonic passions that augment the energy the feeling of aliveness: it is the depressant…suffering is made contagious by pity.” Through this we see the victim culture and constant virtue signaling. The need to feel pious. To show that they are better than you, more evolved.
The next passage: “They regard “beautiful feelings” as arguments…conviction the criterion of truth.” This perfectly encapsulates our current safe space culture, and groupthink mentality: feelings trump everything. “When a man feels he has divine mission…it is only natural that he should stand beyond all standards of judgment…He feels he is sanctified by his mission, that he is of a higher order.” This also explains the relentless fervor by which the modern progressive, such as ANTIFA, is perfectly willing to do whatever is necessary, even violence, as we saw in the shooting of Steve Scalise, and the assaults on Trump supporters. When one feels they are serving a higher order, anything is justified.
His writings even deconstruct them physically “Whenever the will to power declines, there is an accompanying decline physiologically….of course they do not call themselves ‘weak’ but ‘Good’. “It persuades that it is possible to carry a perfect soul in a cadaver of a body.” Or even better: “Everything that is well-constituted, proud, gallant, and above all, beautiful, gives offense to it’s ears and eyes.” This of course, lends itself to the modern “self love” and “body positive” movements. They are degraded physically, but stand on the fact that they are good and virtuous in a feeble attempt to convince themselves of worthiness.
“The instinctive hatred of reality: The consequence of an extreme susceptibility to pain and irritation…so great that it senses all resistance, as unbearable anguish…regards joy as only possible when it is no longer necessary to offer resistance to anyone, or anything.” This aphorism is so condemning of the current safe space, offense based culture. The desire to remove, by any means necessary, anything that could be considered injurious to it, any idea that challenges their ideology.
“Such a doctrine cannot contradict. It doesn't know that other doctrines exist, or can exist, and is wholly incapable of imagining anything opposed to it.” Or even better, “Doubt is thus a sin from the start.” This is why conservatives always try to call out double standards, and it never works. They don’t imagine that any other doctrine or idea is even worthy of existence. You are evil incarnate, and they are good, thus your ideas and critiques don't matter.
“Morality is the best of all devices to lead mankind by the nose!…They assume the grand air of men struggling for virtue” This explains why the Progressives always go to play the race, or xenophobia card. They believe they have the moral high ground, and thus expect to lead you around by the nose at the invocation that you lack morality.
“What was a lie in the father, becomes conviction in the son.” And here we see one of many insights into why the modern progressive wants, so desperately, to control education. Above all else, they cannot allow “evil” to propagate in our schools. And by evil, I mean any independent thought, devoid of their weakness. They do not want educated, strong, beautiful, free thinkers.
In closing, I cannot do justice to the fury that Nietzsche brings. I cannot even begin to throughly analyze and deconstruct his genius. He is a reminder to keep an open mind, as he was staunchly opposed to nationalism as well. I believe the modern right are not hard line nationalists. They want to see results for the American people and keep our sovereignty, but are open to new ideas to make things better. However, what I can do is steal his final line, and appropriate it.
“With this I come to a conclusion and pronounce my judgment. I condemn Progressivism. I bring against the Progressive church the most terrible of all accusations that an accuser has ever had in his mouth. It is, to me, the greatest of all imaginable corruptions. The Progressive Church has left nothing untouched by it’s depravity. It has turned every value into worthlessness, and every truth into a lie.”