Third Reich: Alfred Baeumler’s ‘Heroic. Realism’. The nazis, it has long been held , were not interested in ideas.1 Arendt’s influ- ential thesis of the ‘banality of. Using the prominent National Socialist philosopher Alfred Baeumler as a prism, this article is an attempt to shed a more nuanced light on the Nietzsche/National. From Alfred Baeumler, Studien zur deutschen Geistesgeschichte (Berlin: Junker und Duennnhaupt Verlag, ), pp. ,

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The movement that led from Herder to Goerres, to the brothers Grimm, Eichendorff, Arnim, and Savigny, is the only spiritual movement that is still fully alive. In a word, we have discovered new possibilities for understanding the essence of German existence.

Junker und Duennnhaupt Verlag,pp. The Nordic melody of strife and labor sounds strong and clear here. It is our greatest hope that the state today is wide open to our youth. Here the concern is not with the instinctive and unconscious drives of an individual.

This page was last edited on 22 Decemberat He returns — as a single member in a community. Nietzsche employs a famous antithesis to make this clear: The foundations of Christian morality — religious individualism, a guilty conscience, meekness, concern for the eternal salvation of the soul — all are absolutely foreign to Nietzsche.

He revolts against the concept of repentance: It has the choice to exist as the anti-Roman power of Europe, or not to exist. Rather, “unconscious” here means “perfect” and “able.

Nietzsche’s “values” have nothing to do with the Beyond, and therefore cannot be petrified into dogma. Even in this connection, Nietzsche has supplied the apfred meaning: In the face of the overpowering strength of the race, what happens to the individual?


In opposition to the philosophy of the conscious, Nietzsche alfrer the aristocracy of nature. Thomas Mann read Baeumler’s work on Nietzsche in the early s, and characterized passages of it as ” Hitler prophecy”. When Nietzsche warns, “Be true to the Earth! We understand the “will to power” — even if in an altogether different manner than our enemies assume.

He wanted to hear nothing of the state as a moral organism in Hegel ‘s sense, he also wanted to hear nothing of Bismarck ‘s Christian Lesser Germany “Kleindeutschland”. The former contains the foundations of a new policy. Precisely in this Nietzsche has preceded us.

But for thousands of years a life-weary morality has opposed the aristocracy of the strong and healthy.

It takes unexcelled boldness to base a state upon the race. His books were published in Italy in the late s by the Edizioni di Ara far-right publishing house. Italics in the original. It is not enough to point out baemuler “this-worldly” character of Nietzsche’s values if one at the same time does not want to refute the notion that values are “realized” by action.

Return to Main Index. We call Nietzsche the philosopher of heroism. It led men from a hopeless political reality back into their own selves and gathered them together in small private circles. Here speaks the man who knows how much courage, how much pride, is necessary to maintain himself in the face of Fate. Consciousness is only a tool, a detail in the totality of life.

No deed can be undone by repentance.

Alfred Baeumler

Nietzsche and National Socialism Alfred Baeumler. The accent with which we pronounce these words today we heard from Nietzsche for the first time. The herd instinct is basically altogether different from the instinct of an “aristocratic society,” composed of strong, natural men who do not permit their basic instincts to languish in favor of a mediocre average — men who know how to curb and control their passions instead of weakening or negating them. Nietzsche’s Nordic and soldierly valuation opposes that of the Mediterranean world and that of the priests.


But his most baeumle and lonely possession, the negation of bourgeois ideology as a whole, has today become the property of a generation. Retrieved from ” https: It is this order which Nietzsche undertook to establish in opposition to the existing one. His critique of religion is a criticism of the priest, and arises from the point of view of the warrior, since Nietzsche demonstrates that even the origin of religion lies in the realm of power.

Every apolitical state-alien tendency necessarily had to find support and nourishment in Pietistic Germany. For a long time emotions will have to be kept alfre “tyrannical” control.

Nietzsche and National Socialism

Rather, an extreme pride is in order here. Rather, we mean that we have entered into a new relationship with our past, that our view has been cleared for what was truly forceful in this past but which had baeumker clouded by bourgeois ideology.

It believed in reason, it was rational, but it was “political” only in that it denied the feudal system; it was unable to erect afred enduring political system of its own and was capable only of breaking the path for the economic system of capitalism.