Why So Much Love And Admiration For Heidegger? Because He Was What Nazism Came From

NAZIS DIDN’T KNOW HOW TO THINK; THEREIN THEIR CHARM:

Nazism was not just being so racist and full of hatred and great vengeance, that one had to go mass murder people. Nazism was also about being stupid: it was pretty obvious the Nazis sang of victory (“Sieg Heil!”) but all they tried to do was to lose a world war. Death, their own, is what they were looking for. Around 8.5 million Germans (at least) died in World War Two. (German government estimate of 2005, boosted by best 5.3 million soldiers killed estimate).

The Nazis won the Battle of France of May 1940 because of extreme, surreal luck; after that, they ran out of otherworldly luck. It couldn’t be otherwise: the probability of winning WW2 was very low, the probable consequences, catastrophic. As happened. So the Nazis were complete idiots, immensely mentally weak. At the same time, therein, in this blatant stupidity, their main seduction: they confused wishful thinking and thinking, by using idiotic concept (like the “Dasein”: the famous “there-be”).

Nazi thinking, like Heideggerian there-be, “Dasein” thinking is self referential. Thus Hitler vomited the Jews, whom had spoiled his Dasein, but how did he know he was not a Jew by his own definition, and how did other Nazis knew he was not a Jew who became head of the German hating Jew just to destroy the Jews? Hitler’s family background had been destroyed… by the Nazi regime.

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Just to Illustrate the Madness of Nazis: Were The Nazis Self-Destroying Jews? Some Came To Ponder That: 

Lest some believe I have become all too imaginative, reality beats fiction: the Nazis themselves spread the rumor that Nazism was a … Jewish conspiracy. The Nazi governor of Poland (overseeing Auschwitz), Hans Frank would call Hitler a (probable) Jew (after an enquiry Hitler would have secretly ordered, he said). (There are independent elements supporting this thesis: modern genetic analysis in no less than 39 of the late Fuhrer’s relative show that Hitler had North African and Jewish ancestors, the sort of people all too many Germans wanted to exterminate. Hitler’s regime killed 2/3 of European Jews, and many of them, having ancestors who became Jews by choice, were certainly more Aryan than most top Nazis, including African Jew Hitler!) 

LouisFerdinand Céline, an MD and famous writer, had an obsession with the Jews (expressed in such an exaggerated way that it looks, comical). So he was tight with the Nazis and got invited many times at the German embassy. At one of these dinners at the German embassy in early 1944, it was obvious the Nazis were finished. Céline spoke openly of the coming German defeat, and claimed that Hitler had been replaced by a Jew. It is hard to imagine the Nazis allowing Céline to insult their Third Reich so brazenly. But all what Nazi ambassador Abetz did was to ask the servants to leave the room.   

Heidegger (marked with a cross) went around the university he headed in SA uniform. In other pictures, he wears oak leaves, Nazi style… He threw the Jews” out of his university (they were not really “Jews, because secular… Whereas Heidegger was a real Catholic, for his first three decades at least…)

By the way, Heidegger, although married to his Catholic wife, herself a Jew hater and Nazi, had sexual intercourse with the 100% certified Prussian (secular) Jew Hannah Arendt for quite a while (and they stayed close, when all was said and done…) All very complicated murky thinking…

Thus, how did the Nazis think? Well, like Heidegger. How did Heidegger think? Like a Nazi. Both Nazism and Heidegger fascinated, and fascinate weaker minds, for the same exact reasons: muddle thinking is easier than clear thinking, and what’s easier is nicer to the weak minded.

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Heidegger and Nazism: Words Self Referencing The Will To Say Nothing Intelligent. Illustrated By Jewish Nazis and Nazi Jews:  

I confess that I am no specialist of Heidegger. I am a specialist of Nazism. Each time I read Heidegger, I am instantaneously bored by his second rate Nazism (I prefer the real thing).

In a famous passage Heidegger characterizes his mission in his most notorious work, “Sein und Zeit” (Time and Being, as if he had studied Relativity, he, the would-be seminarist!). Notice the muddle, self-referential thinking:

“‘Being’ is not something like a being… Being is what determines beings as beings, that in terms of which beings are already understood.”

Right. Now replace the word “Being” above by the word “Nazi”:

“‘Nazi’ is not something like a Nazi. Nazism is what determines Nazis as Nazis, that in terms of which Nazis are already understood.”

Sounds crazy? It is! And it was exactly what happened. Hitler decided that 35,000 Jews were actually “Honorary Aryans”… they were typically servants of the regime, thus Nazis.

See: Hitler’s Jewish Soldiers, the Untold Story of Nazi Racial Laws and Men of Jewish Descent in the German Military. Bryan Mark Rigg, U. of Kansas, 2002, Lawrence, KS.

There were actually more than 185,000 “Jews” (using the Nazi definition of “Jew”) in the Nazi war machine. Including highly decorated veterans and high-ranking officers, even generals, even in the SS (!), and admirals, even horrendous Nazi marshals (like the one who massacred Norway in 1940, or Luftwaffe Field Marshal Milch, etc…).

With Nazis or Heidegger, contradiction was no objection. Goebbels was hurt because a Jewess rejected him, Heidegger slept with Arendt (an anti-Nazi Jew).

Heidegger’s being a verbal diarrhea was nothing new, all Nazis thought, and felt, like that: a big diarrhea of words, dramatically empty metaphysics applied to the essence of the Dasein, anti-humanity, anti-progress, anti-technology (and of course anti-Judaic, anti-1789, anti-French). Coming from knowing all too well the Nazi side of history, I recognized immediately in Heidegger the monstrous anti-logical logic characteristic of Nazis, and their hatred of anything different from the original savagery they imagined themselves to have come from.

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Heidegger In His Own Words:

Heidegger, 1933: “the German people is now on the brink of rediscovering its own essence and making itself worthy of a great destiny.” Nazism went well beyond German borders: it had been called upon to realise his longed-for “destruction of modernity“and Jewish “rootlessness”, “distance from the soil” This preceded the Nazi state: on 2 October 1929 in a letter Heidegger opposes “growing Judaisation within German spiritual life

Heidegger viewed Weltjudentum (“world Judaism”) as one of the main drivers of western modernity, which he denounced. Heidegger claimed the Jews had launched World War Two… whereas the French Republic (seconded by Britain) declared war. The Nazis, who by 3 September 1939 then had already assassinated hundreds of thousands (if not millions, including Spain and Poland which they had attacked) are who truly launched WW2.

Read the Nazi Heidegger’s own bloody words, dripping with hatred and racial superiority: “World Judaism is ungraspable everywhere and doesn’t need to get involved in military action while continuing to unfurl its influence, whereas we are left to sacrifice the best blood of the best of our people”.

Heidegger writes that the Jews, with their “talent for calculation“, were so vehemently opposed to the Nazi’s racial theories because “they themselves have lived according to the race principle for longest“.

Whatever the “Jewish” race theories Jews were supposed to have, as alleged by Heidegger, they didn’t imply killing other races. Actually, in the Bible, God tortures King David (a Jew) for refusing to exterminate a people (which the God of catholics like Heidegger had ordered David to kill).

The concept of “world Judaism” was launched by the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the notorious Czarist forgery purporting to reveal a Jewish plan for world domination. Adolf Hitler presented the conspiracy theory as fact in Mein Kampf, and Heidegger goose step behind his great Guide.

Heidegger drew philosopher Karl Jaspers’ attention to the “dangerous international association of Jewry“.

After Heidegger became “Fuhrer” of his university in 1933, he casted away the Jews, including WWI decorated veterans (that taught them to have fought for racial fascism of plutocratic nature!) Said the Nazi Heidegger:

The spiritual world of a people… is the power that most deeply preserves the people’s earth- and blood-bound strengths as the power that most deeply arouses and most profoundly shakes the people’s existence…. Blood and soil are certainly powerful and necessary, but they are not a sufficient condition for the Dasein of a people.” Yes, one needs to hurt people too, as Heidegger did at his university, depriving them of jobs, careers, livelihood, country…. Heidegger loved battling away, in the name of his race:

“University study must again become a risk, not a refuge for the cowardly. Whoever does not survive the battle, lies where he falls. The new courage must accustom itself to steadfastness, for the battle for the institutions where our leaders are educated will continue for a long time. It will be fought out of the strengths of the new Reich that Chancellor Hitler will bring to reality. A hard race with no thought of self must fight this battle, a race that lives from constant testing and that remains directed toward the goal to which it has committed itself. It is a battle to determine who shall be the teachers and leaders at the university.”

In context, it was a battle of extermination. Including extermination of the Jews that was printed black on white, in “Mein Kampf” (ten million sold!)… all educated Germans knew it well at the time.

Heidegger was fanatical about “the German” even as late as 1943, when it was clear “the German” was a mass murdering racist assassin, hated by the entire planet, as the Nazis had written they should be. Heidegger in his lecture on Heraclitus, 1943:   

The planet is in flames. The essence of man is out of joint. Only from the Germans, provided they discover and preserve “the German,” can world-historical consciousness come.”

Same year: “…all agreed that something decisive must be done… our situation is such that only dangerous decisions can change it”(Herr Doktor Goebbels’ Diaries, p327).

Heidegger “Black Notebooks” conflate his antijudaism with Anglo-Saxon culture, which he describes as Machenschaft (“machination” or “manipulative domination”).

Heidegger claimed that “world judaism”, Soviet communism and British parliamentarianism should be seen as part of dehumanizing, “most dangerous” western modernity, which has to be DESTROYED:

Heidegger: “The bourgeois-Christian form of English ‘bolshevism’ is the most dangerous. Without its destruction, the modern era will remain intact… What, other than engineering and metaphysically paving the way for socialism, other than commonplace thinking and tastelessness, has England contributed in terms of ‘culture’?”

Those who know little may like the last passage, and insinuate I have said the same. But, actually, Heidegger is parroting Nietzsche here… But, clearly Nietzsche was jokingly painting it blacker than it is, whereas Heidegger is dead serious… especially dead, and just a parrot. Most of Heidegger’s most intriguing thoughts are straight Nietzschean parroting… So he looks like a genius, but he is a genius of thievery. And the rest is standard Nazi thinking… Itself picked up from an impressive litany others (including French and British racists, and the poor sampled and mutated Nietzsche).  

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Wisdom Rests On The Right Moods:

Mills, as a good British merchant, evoked the “marketplace” of ideas (everything is for sale, a very “Neoliberal” idea). The world of the mind is a jungle actually, and the weak gets devoured. It extends to the alien & deeper neurobiology of sentiment, feeling, emotion, tropism… which are the true foundations of systems of thought. Thinking deep necessitates  to deconstruct the emotional logic below.

Leo Strauss about Heidegger :
Phenomenal intellect joined to a soul of kitsch… Luther, Hamann and Heidegger seem to be the most conspicuous examples of high class intelligence and low class of character which are probably more characteristic of Germany than any other country.

That’s of course too generous: Heidegger initially wanted to become a professional Catholic, he was a lower sort, not wise at all. Moreover, one can’t be truly intelligent, in the way of wisdom, when one as base as he was. Same for Luther, famous author of “On the Jews and their Lies” hated Jews (he wrote extensively on this. See: Luther, Hitler, Unelected)

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Why was Nietzsche Parrot The Nazi Heidegger, Admired… Whereas the Anti-Nazi Nietzsche viewed as a Nazi?

Paradoxically, while Heidegger the Nazi was lionized by, say, French intellectuals (most of them; not Camus, not Aron, not Cavailles) Nietzsche “was considered a black sheep in respectable circles“. Respectable circles made of idiots, as most of them were, then. Or is there more? Were they idiotic on purpose?

How come the one who hated nationalism, racism, German nationalism, and anti-Judaism, namely Nietzsche, was vilified, while the authentic Nazi, Heidegger, was lionized? Could it have been not an accident, but a system?

It was: Nietzsche was open minded, anti-system, and not an intellectual fascist. Most of the admirers of Heidegger, whether they knew it or not, embraced intellectual fascism, or what brings it along, the incapacity to think and feel clearly. While claiming great fuzzy conceptions of no validity and a penchant for malevolent conspiracy theories.

Example: the famous French pseudo-intellectual Jacques Lacan turned in the 1950s to Heidegger’s Dasein for his characterisation of the psychoanalyst as being-for-death: (être-pour-la-mort). How more Nazi than that could one be? Being for death! Death Dasein! Analysis of the mind as a form of death! (When I hear the word culture I pull out my Browning, as a famous Nazi minister said…)

A recent article equated Nietzsche, the anti-totalitarian thinker, with Heidegger, calling both “totalitarians”. Whereas Heidegger was just a racist thief: Nazi Heidegger invented no wisdom of his own, most of his ways being straight Nazism, or then borrowed from Nietzsche!

The same author professes its admiration for Heidegger… And the older legal author and law professor Carl Schmitt. That tends to be a natural opinion, it turns out. Both as respectable as Nazis can be. Indeed, how did Heidegger think? Like Schmitt, Nazism’s ultimate legal mind. Indeed  the article dares to flatter both Heidegger ”Like Carl Schmitt, another highly intelligent Nazi party member”. “Schmitt, Highly intelligent Nazi” is an oxymoron. Nazis were all total imbeciles. For what they did, they should all have hanged prophylactically. That would have saved dozens of millions.

The concept of humanity is an especially useful ideological instrument of imperialist expansion, and in its ethical-humanitarian form it is a specific vehicle of economic imperialism. … whoever invokes humanity wants to cheat. To confiscate the word humanity, to invoke and monopolize such a term probably has certain incalculable effects, such as denying the enemy the quality of being human and declaring him to be an outlaw of humanity; and a war can thereby be driven to the most extreme inhumanity.

Carl Schmitt

Heidegger’s work and admirers are pretty much all Schmittian, or, to put it in simpler fashion, Nazi. Those who admire Heidegger’s “different” thinking truly admire the essence of Nazism, malevolent cretinism, and they don’t even know it. Heidegger love is the essence of respectable Nazism. They can be Nazis, that is, full of hate, moronic generalities and simplification to the point of cretinism, and claim they are not! Hey, they are even philosophical! Heil Dasein! 

Oh yes, because I forgot; the sort of muddled thinking Heidegger produced was in evidence all around Germany. For example german nuclear physicists were affected by it: they claim, after the war, that they had prevented the Nazis to get the nuclear bomb. However, they had been secretly recorded in the mansion in which they lived in captivity. The recordings made clear that, just as with Heidegger, their true state of mind was just the sort of hateful nationalism Nietzsche condemned so much.

Nationalism, too, is a simplification: it was half of Nazism. Watch the tragicomedy known as Brexit, full of petty mindedness and self-destructive hatred, just like Nazism, for a contemporary example.  And, just as Nazism, it oozes with stupidity, all over.

Heidegger? Ethereal essence of Nazism for would-be intellectuals. Or when “Dasein” being smacks of nothingness, eternally fit for fascist minds with few real dimensions.

Patrice Ayme
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Now for that surrealistic dinner with Céline… Nazism was surrealist. Just as much as Céline made it to be. [English translation below…] This scene is happening among people who engineered, desired and plotted the death of 100 millions (and it would have been more if the French Republic had not tried to block Nazism as early as 1939…)

From: http://www.berthomeau.com/2017/11/le-diner-chez-otto-abetz-a-l-ambassade-d-allemagne-a-paris-de-celine-gen-paul-drieu-la-rochelle-benoist-mechin-les-omissions-des-gro

Céline soudain explose : Assez ! dit-il, assez ! En frappant la table de ses deux mains au point de faire vibrer les verres. J’en ai assez d’écouter vos conneries ! Vous n’y êtes pas du tout… Vous croyez faire les malins, vous vous triturez les méninges autour d’une table bien servie, tandis que le monde s’écroule… Ma parole, vous avez une taie nacrée sur les yeux, du plomb dans les oreilles. Si vous construisez quarante mille avions, les Américains en construiront deux cent mille. Si vous construisez cent mille chars, ils en construiront un million. A vos armes secrètes, ils opposeront des armes plus secrètes et plus meurtrières encore. Vous n’y pouvez rien : ils sont la masse et la fonction de la masse est de tout écraser. Pendant ce temps, sournoisement, vous nous cachez l’essentiel. Pourquoi ne nous dites-vous pas qu’Hitler est mort ?

  • Hitler est mort ? s’exclame Abetz en écarquillant les yeux.
  • Vous le savez aussi bien que nous ! Seulement, vous ne pouvez pas le dire. Mais on n’a pas besoin d’être ambassadeur pour le savoir : ça crève les yeux ! Les juifs l’ont remplacé par un des leurs !

[…] Abetz, Drieu et moi en avons le souffle coupé. Nous connaissions l’audace de Céline. Mais nous ne pensions jamais qu’il pût la pousser aussi loin. Maintenant qu’il est lancé, où s’arrêtera-t-il ? Dire que l’ambassadeur nous avait invités à passer avec lui un agréable moment de détente !

  • Je vous dis que c’est plus le même homme, poursuit Céline. On l’a changé du tout au tout. On a mis un autre à sa place. Regardez-le ! Chacun de ses gestes, chacune de ses décisions sont faits pour assurer le triomphe des Juifs. Alors, faut être logique ! Les Juifs ont réussi un coup fumant, la plus grande mystification de l’Histoire ! Ils ont fait disparaître Hitler dans une trappe et l’ont remplacé par un type à eux. Remarquez qu’il se montre de moins en moins en public. C’est pour qu’on ne s’aperçoive pas de la différence. C’est idiot, d’ailleurs. Personne n’est plus facile à imiter. Mon ami Gen Paul, ici présent, l’imite à merveille. N’est-ce pas, Gégène, que tu l’imites bien ? Il est marrant quand il fait ça ! Il lui suffit d’une pincée de scaferlati [tabac] qu’il se colle sous les narines, pour remplacer la moustache. Allons, mon bon Gégène, te fais pas prier ! Ici on est entre copains. Montre-nous comme tu sais bien faire ton petit Hitler…

Gégène hésite un peu. Mais il finit par s’exécuter. Il sort une blague à tabac de sa poche, en tire une pincée de scaferlati, la malaxe entre trois doigts et la place sous son nez. Puis, d’un geste brusque, il se rabat une mèche de cheveux en travers du front, prend une pose napoléonienne (une main dans le dos, l’autre dans l’entrebâillement de son gilet), roule des yeux furibonds et dit d’une voix gutturale :

– Raou, raou, raou, raous !

Il ressemble étonnamment à Hitler. Aussi à Charlot, à Groucho Marx et à Félix le Chat. Abetz ne sait plus quoi faire. Mais il est pris, comme nous tous, d’une irrésistible envie de rire. […] Abetz est sur des charbons ardents. Son chauffeur est entré dans la pièce.

– Vous allez reconduire M. Céline chez lui, 4, rue Girardon, lui dit l’ambassadeur. Mais roulez très doucement, car il est souffrant. Vous repasserez chez lui demain pour lui apporter quelques fruits et prendre de ses nouvelles… »

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Céline suddenly explodes: Enough! he says, enough! Hitting the table with both hands to the point of vibrating the glasses. I’m tired of listening to your bullshit! You’re not there at all … You think you’re clever, you knead your brains around a well-served table, while the world collapses … You have a pearly pillowcase on the eyes, lead in the ears. If you build forty thousand planes, the Americans will build two hundred thousand. If you build a hundred thousand tanks, they will build one million. To your secret weapons, they will oppose more secret and more deadly weapons. You can do nothing: they are the mass and the function of the mass is to crush everything. Meanwhile, sneakily, you are hiding what is essential. Why do not you tell us that Hitler is dead?

Hitler is dead? exclaims [Nazi ambassador] Abetz, widening his eyes.

You know it as well as we do! Only you can not say it. But you do not need to be an ambassador to know it: it’s obvious! The Jews have replaced him with one of theirs!

[…] Abetz, Drieu and I are breathless. We knew the audacity of Celine. But we never thought he could push it so far. Now that he is launched, where will it stop? To think that the ambassador invited us to spend with him a pleasant moment of relaxation!

I tell you it’s not the same man, continues Céline. One changed him completely. One put another one in its place. Look at him ! Each of his actions, each of his decisions are made to ensure the triumph of the Jews. So, you have to be logical! The Jews have achieved a smoking blow, the greatest mystification of history! They removed Hitler in a hatch and replaced him with a guy of their own. Note that he shows himself less and less in public. It is so that we do not notice the difference. It’s stupid, by the way. Nobody is easier to imitate. My friend Gen Paul, present here, imitates him perfectly. Isn’ it, Georg, that you imitate him well? He’s funny when he does that! He needs only a pinch of scaferlati [tobacco] to stick under the nostrils, to replace the mustache. Come, my good Gégène, don’t make us beg! Here we are with friends. Show us how well you do your little Hitler …

Gégène hesitates a little. But he ends up doing it. He takes out a tobacco pouch from his pocket, draws a pinch of scaferlati, kneads it between three fingers and places it under his nose. Then, with a sudden gesture, he slips a lock of hair across the forehead, takes a Napoleonic pose (one hand in the back, the other in the crack of his waistcoat), rolls furious eyes and says a guttural voice:

– Raou, raou, raou, raous!

He looks amazingly like Hitler. Also at Charlot, Groucho Marx and Félix le Chat. Abetz does not know what to do anymore. But he is caught, like all of us, with an irresistible desire to laugh. […] Abetz is on hot coals. His driver entered the room.

“You are going to take Mr. Celine back to his house, 4, Rue Girardon,” said the ambassador. But ride very slowly because he is ill. You will go back to his house tomorrow to bring him some fruit and ask about his health … “

 

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2 Responses to “Why So Much Love And Admiration For Heidegger? Because He Was What Nazism Came From”

  1. G Max Says:

    Philosophers in academia tend to know nothing, that’s what they studied for their PhD. So heidegger who knew only how to be a conniving Nazi is their idol

    Good to see you calling him for the jerk he is

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