Nietzsche, Wagner & Hitler: Nihilism, Revolution & Transformation.

The Great Schism, the Reformation, the Renaissance, the ascent & decline of Utopian secularism, & the fracturing of Christian worship has left the West in a moral vacuum that many blame for the ills that beset our world.

Peter Winn-Brown

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Vivek Ramaswamy in a TV studio for the First Republican Debate
Vivek Ramaswamy; Trump clone or his own man?

“It is not morning in America,” Mr. Ramaswamy, 38, shot back in his rapid-fire Harvard debating style. “We live in a dark moment. And we have to confront the fact that we’re in an internal sort of cold, cultural civil war.”

Vivek Ramaswamy, during the first Republican debate, from NYT, 28th August 2023.

Today the shadow lengthens once again…

In my post from October 7th 2022, Republicans Traditionalist Revival…, I wrote that Steve Bannon was a nihilist. I wasn’t the first, and no doubt, I won’t be the last to do so. Frank Bruni, writing in the NYT back in 2017, said Bannon’s real intent was “…to inflict as much pain and ugliness on the G.O.P. as he can. He’s not an ideologue. He’s an arsonist. And he doesn’t care who or what is reduced to ashes.

And in many ways words like that paint a nihilistic vision of the man. I don’t doubt Bannon’s intention back then, and still today, is to burn the establishment to the ground. But nihilistic tendencies are not the necessarily the same as being a nihilist.

Vivek Ramaswamy exhibits the same nihilistic inclinations; in exchanges with Mike Pence he said the administrative state needs to be “shut down.” Pence, and others of his generation, he asserted are out of touch; these “quiet reformers” he said, should “give way to energetic young revolutionaries.

The so-called Freedom Caucus of Republicans are of the same mind; willing to let their nation fall into anarchy to get what they want. Even the weak, easily twisted Republican speaker, Kevin McCarthy agrees. He said this past week, “…this is a whole new concept of individuals that just want to burn the whole place down.”

And yet the extent of Ramaswamy’s ignorance in matters of government is quite ‘gobsmacking,’ but the confidence with which he sows the seeds of…

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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.