Shelves: philosophy-theology , american , german-language , biography-biographical The Mob and Its Conceits This is the H. Mencken translation. I dont know how well it captures Nietzsches native style; but it certainly captures Menckens. I think Menckens introduction alone is worth the price of admission. While it distorts Nietzsche as much as any outraged Mississippi Methodist, it summarises rather well Menckens genius and his utter derangement.
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Shelves: philosophy-theology , american , german-language , biography-biographical The Mob and Its Conceits This is the H. Mencken translation. I dont know how well it captures Nietzsches native style; but it certainly captures Menckens. I think Menckens introduction alone is worth the price of admission.
While it distorts Nietzsche as much as any outraged Mississippi Methodist, it summarises rather well Menckens genius and his utter derangement. Profound insights are mixed with trivial absurdities in about equal measure. The former include his observations about democracy; the latter his hatred of Judaism as a culture. They are brought about by mobs. Mobs reinforce their own delusions and pursue them more ruthlessly and guiltlessly than any tyrant.
The mob has no conscience because it is sovereign, responsible only to itself and only as long as it remains in existence. Mencken was essentially right about democracy. It does promote the worst political environment for human survival. The difference between a mob and a democratic electorate is paper thin. Recent political events - in the United States, in Russia, in the Philippines, in India, and in Brazil to name only a few places - suggest that the mob has become the electorate.
Just like any mob, each of the relevant electorates is motivated by some common but diffuse fear. As is traditional in mob activity, each is promoted and defended by religious practice and authority as a sort of cleansing of society. And, of course, the mob does not compromise; it gets what it wants or it destroys its opposition, and has no hesitation in fomenting revolution in the process. The singular advantage of democracy, according to Mencken, is that popular anti-semitism will ensure that Jews can never attain to the ruling plutocracy.
To attribute it, in , to a prevailing cultural norm would imply that Mencken was as much influenced by popular nonsense as the mob. To suggest that he had some particularly disappointing experience with individual Jews, would imply that he had a rather pronounced logical difficulty in his generalisations.
In any case, his anti-semitism goes a long way in undermining his intellectual snobbery and his conclusions about the mob. They had infected the Western world with this social malaise. And this is something Nietzsche had failed to take into account fully.
The problem that both Mencken and Nietzsche and Hitler had with Christianity was at root a problem of Judaism. Judaism perverted the course of human evolution and therefore needed to be eliminated. Both Nietzsche and Mencken wrote in a way that was intended to shock. Each overstated and exaggerated for effect. Nietzsche never wanted or expected wide-spread acceptance; Mencken lived for it in his books and editorials. Nietzsche analysed; Mencken sensationalised. Ultimately Nietzsche provokes reflection; Mencken merely revulsion at his own self-promotion.
Nietzsche refused to join a mob; Mencken was a closet mobster of the first order. But, like many The USA mob, at present, is manifest in supposedly grassroots protests against any social restrictions at all in our time of plague. But, like many mobs of this time and most prior eras, they are most likely being driven by dark forces with agendas based in greed. But, Will wrote: "The USA mob, at present, is manifest in supposedly grassroots protests against any social restrictions at all in our time of plague.
But, like many mobs of this time and most prior eras, they are m Very disturbing. Particularly since their commander is in the WH.
I will pump my fist in the air for him as he decries the cleverly masked harm within organized religion as political tool, and how it leads us to false ends, wasted lives, and sharp, unforgivable prejudices.
Being that I want to devote my life to non-profit service, I will grumble at his hatred-drenched commentary on the "botched" members of society and how we only care for those less fortunate than ourselves because we have been derailed from the path of true self-fulfillment by religious brainwashing. You will understand my disrespectful rating Intercourse between imaginary beings "God," "spirits," "souls" ; an imaginary natural history anthropocentric; a total denial of the concept of natural causes ; an imaginary psychology misunderstandings of self, misinterpretations of agreeable or disagreeable general feelings—for example, of the states of the nervus sympathicus with the help of the sign-language of religio-ethical balderdash—, "repentance," "pangs of conscience," "temptation by the devil," "the presence of God" ; an imaginary teleology the "kingdom of God," "the last judgment," "eternal life".
Once the concept of "nature" had been opposed to the concept of "God," the word "natural" necessarily took on the meaning of "abominable"—the whole of that fictitious world has its sources in hatred of the natural —the real!
This explains everything. Who alone has any reason for living his way out of reality? The man who suffers under it. But to suffer from reality one must be a botched reality That one had better put on gloves before reading the New Testament. The presence of so much filth makes it very advisable.
In order to understand the book, he asserted that the reader " Also, the usefulness or harmfulness of truth should not be a concern. Characteristics such as "Strength which prefers questions for which no one today is sufficiently daring; courage for the forbidden"  are also needed. He disdained all other readers.
In this work, Nietzsche was arguing against the systematic religions that he believed were interfering with the advancement of life, particularly knowledge and culture. Therefore, the book simply explains and applies the religious and philosophical perspectives of the natural laws of life. The Antichrist seethes with rhetoric, harsh criticism, and insults that can make readers shy away from the work. The words used in this work are based on the definition of Nietzsche. He then continues to criticize Christianity for disapproving as evil the fundamental instincts of humans, which preserve life and promote strength.
The Antichrist: an Attempt at a Criticism of Christianity. Dionysus: the Philosophy of Eternal Recurrence. Almost as often he changed his plan. In September, , he began actual work upon the first volume, and before the end of the month it was completed. The Summer had been one of almost hysterical creative activity. Thereafter he wrote no more. One notes, in her biography of him—a useful but not always accurate work—an evident desire to purge him of the accusation of mocking at sacred things.
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