First, before I go into any detail, I'll take a second just to say I'm brand new to the forums, this is my first post, so I hope everyone will go a bit easy on me with this. I've been playing the game on and off, mostly off though since the summer so I'm not a total virgin to the game. I found that I often preferred reading the 'newspapers and articles' rather than the more than the, what I think can be, very monotumus aspects of eRepublik, and I'd also like to just say hello to everyone. I'm putting this in with the actual post only because it would just be another new poster saying hi without adding much.
Anyway, on to the issue mentioned in the title. Although it suggests something quite precise within the almost limitless realms of both philosophy and politics, I am far from an expert on the matter. I am currently studuing philosophy as well as politics, ...and economics, so my knowledge of Nietzsche and Nazism are limited. I guess this is just hoping that even a few people are on the forums who also have a genuine interest in philosphy of any sorts, or even just if someone found this in any way interesting then that would be good enough.
So, what do I know? Well, as of now I have read two of Nietzsche's, full length works: "The Gay Science" and "Thus Spoke Zarathustra" (haven't finished TSZ but I'm nearly there) and I've read little bits of some of his other writing, and what I know of the Nazis is mainly comes from a slow accumulation of TV programmes and documentaries, and I skimmed through "Mein Kampf" at one stage. Finally I looked at a few online articles which on this very subject and then there is quite a nice book/audiobook, that you can get on youtube called "Nietzsche and the Nazis" by Stephen Hicks, for anyone interested. The last in the list is evidently what inspired me to write this.
I'll finish by saying that an extreme generalization of how Nietzsche became associated with the Nazis is down to some of his most used quotes being twisted and taken out of context, by the nazis, in the form of propaganda and also by people who simply have only looked at his work and not looked into his work. Another element to this, and again I am over simplifying this, is to say that TSZ is far more suitable, that is, criptic and ambiguous and there many quotes from this which the nazis used, while they ignored/purposely hid a lot of what was said in The Gay Science, which addresses the Germen people, in a negative way, and shows admiration for the Jews.
His idea of power was completely changed by the Nazis, it was used in a much more literal sence, as is the case with many of his misused phrases,'the blonde beast' being another one. Despite this, I cannot help but feel that there are elements to his philosophy which would permit the nazi ideoligy.
I could ramble on for ages, but that would take ages! So I end with a couple of questions for you.
1. To what extent was Nietzsche a Nazi, or even, how much of the Nazi idealogy was compatible with that of Nietzsche's?
2. (This more so out of personal interest, I think it is difficult to say) Was Nietzsche a full on individualist? and if you could give reasons that would be great.
Sorry for any misspellings, or bad grammer, I've enough of that with college work, truly, I just couldn't be bothered.
Thanks in advance for reading, I'm looking forward to having even one or two fellow philosophy enthusiasts on the forums, be great to hear from you.
Peace and Love to all. Be lucky.