Nietzsche, Wagner & Hitler: Nihilism, Nationalism & Antisemitism.

Nihilistic, nationalist movements of the 1930’s needed an enemy on which to pin their anger, their hatred & their resentment. The Jews were a soft target & suffered dreadfully because of it. Today as the memory of WWII fades, the spectre of extreme nationalist sentiments is on the rise again in Germany & across the West…is it all about to happen again?

Peter Winn-Brown

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A scene from Parsifal where, much to Nietzsche’s consternation, Wagner depicted liturgical and eucharistic communion in some of the operas most dramatic scenes.

“His simplifying approach (to shoe-making) would be universally applicable, but was especially pertinent to the Catholic Church, in whose doctrine his elders had educated him. Drawing on the sayings of the prophets of the Old Testament, he objected first to the ceremonial ostentation of papal elections and then to their very necessity. Having done so, he then dedicated himself to repudiating the teachings of the catechism and the advisability of infant baptism. Unaware that he was following, step by step, the secularization process of different Protestant heresies, he then launched an attack on the dogma of Mary’s Virginity and the Immaculate Conception of Jesus, which received his most offensive sermons. And having settled this topic, he showed no mercy to the Holy Trinity. He loathed its logical-mathematical absurdity, he mocked the idea of consubstantiality or dependence of one on the other two (“like a table of drunks where nobody can leave and nobody can manage on his own”), he detested the relation between Father and Son — comparing the former to absent Odysseus and the latter to weeping Penelope — and he continued by repudiating the dogma of Jesus’s resurrection, before he finally decided to take up arms against God himself, as a whole or divided into parts. According to his analysis, and based on the theory that the Universe is immanent and not transcendent and that its simple-minded design rules out the preexistence of any mind, he claimed that God did not exist, and if He did exist, must be an idiot.”

Daniel Guebel, Theologian of the Abyss. From an article in Jewish Currents.

Antisemitism & eugenics lead the way…

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Peter Winn-Brown

The past can illuminate the present if we shine the light of inquiry openly, truthfully, with attention to detail & care for the salient facts.