I responded to Cramer's characterization online. To add to pragmatist. . .,
Nazis misappropriated and distorted Nietzsche's philosophy. He admired
Richard Wagner and his music when younger, but disassociated with him later when
he discovered Wagner's anti-Semitism, national chauvinism, and belief in
Nordic superiority. Nietzsche would have been horrified if he knew his teachings
would be misused later (he died in 1900).
Mr Tuttle is right that Nietzche would not be a proponent of the the Nazis.
Nietzche would be a fan of the individual not large bureaucratic entities. One of my favorite quotes of his, "Every church is a stone on the
grave of a god-man: it does not want him to rise up again under any
Nietzsche also thought blind faith and superstition were morally weakening and
corrupting so I’d guess this would be conservative’s biggest grip.
Oh my a voice of reason.One would think that an idea in support of
individual betterment would strike a welcome cord in the hearts of all
conservatives and or libertarians. However, to give up a traditional
conservative meme of decrying all German, and comparing everything they dislike
to Nazi principles is probably too much to ask.