Friday, October 15, 2010

William L. Shirer on the Relationship Between Friedrich Nietzsche and the Nazis

From William L. Shirer (1959), The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

Nietzsche, like Goethe, held no high opinion of the German people, and in other ways, too, the outpourings of this megalomaniacal genius differ from those of the chauvinistic German thinkers of the nineteenth century.... The Germans, he wrote in Ecce Homo, "have no conception how vile they are," and he came to the conclusion that "wheresoever Germany penetrated, she ruins culture." He thought that Christians, as much as Jews, were responsible for the "slave morality" prevalent in the world. He was never an anti-semite. He was sometimes fearful of Prussian culture, and in his last years, before insanity closed his mind, he even toyed with the idea of European union and world government.

Yet I think no one who lived in the Third Reich could have failed to be impressed by Nietzsche's influence on it. His books might be full, as Santayana said, of "genial imbecility" and "boyish blasphemies." Yet Nazi scribblers never tired of extolling him. Hitler often visited the Nietzsche museum in Weimar and publicized his veneration for the philosopher by posing for photographs of himself staring in rapture at the bust of the great man...Read it all

Catholic Peace Fellowship: The Path of Most Resistance

Last fall, Catholic Peace Fellowship staff members Daniel Baker and Michael Baxter were featured in an episode of the international television program Witness entitled "The Path of Most Resistance." The episode (part 1 above) is now available online for viewing and offers a good summary of the kind of work that CPF does everyday. The video is divided into two parts. See Part 2 here...

--->Catholic Peace Fellowship website...

Fight War and Conscription: Be like St. Francis

by Dorothy Day

St. Francis of Assisi made the refusal to bear arms a condition of membership in his Third Order. How many tertiaries today, and there are millions throughout the world, are refusing to bear arms?

This was a revolutionary idea and did away to a great extent with the wars of the time.

Conscription did not start until 1798 when Napoleon had so depleted the army of men that he had to draft soldiers. Conscription was hated and fought as a form of slavery at the Restoration. Conscription also depleted France of her men.

An attempt was made to do away with it, but within three years there was a return to it. Men who could pay for others to take their place were allowed to do so...Read it all

--->La Stupenda exits the stage: The greatest soprano of her time, Joan Sutherland was blessed with formidable technique, a voice that brought her the title La Stupenda, and an unspoiled Australian nature that kept vanity and pretension at bay.

Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of Sutherland's career was its longevity and her ability to adapt as her voice declined with age. Born with unusually strong vocal chords that gave her outstanding flexibility and comfort in the upper register, Sutherland was credited with helping revive the bel canto (beautiful singing) repertoire. Her middle range was rich, and in the low range she could reach deep mezzo notes...Read it all

Hear the voice, starring in Norma, ossia L'infanticidio [lit. The Infanticide] "...the story of the title character, a Druid priestess [among my tragically brutal pagan ancestors] who falls in love and mothers two children with the leader of the opposing Roman army, Pollione. Pollione, however, becomes taken with Adalgisa, a young virgin at the temple, and convinces Adalgisa to flee to Rome with him.When the faithful Adalgisa unburdens her heart to Norma, the flames of jealousy are fanned.Betrayed, Norma considers killing her own children, but relents – and ultimately confesses her lasting love for Pollione as they both face their deaths, revealing the greatness of her soul and regaining his admiration....See and listen to Sutherland

--->KS Supreme Court Allows Planned Parenthood Criminal Case
To Go Forward...

--->Spanish court may be after Bond, James Bond...

--->4-Fuel to Paris reduced as French protests escalate. Striking French oil refinery workers shut down a fuel pipeline supplying Paris and its airports on Friday and airport workers grounded some flights as protests mounted to derail an unpopular pension reform. France's airport operator played down worries of fuel shortages, but strikes at all of the country's 12 refineries and fuel depot blockades prompted motorists to stock up on petrol. Truck drivers also were set to join the fray...

--->Greek riot police, protesters clash at Acropolis. Up to 100 workers on short-term contracts had kept the ancient citadel closed since Wednesday morning, complaining they were owed up to 24 months' worth of back pay and faced dismissal when their contracts expire on Oct. 31...

Here's an old AP report that speaks for integrity over money and fame:

"LOS ANGELES (AP) - Can it be the same without Archie Bunker in "All in the Family"?

Norman Lear, executive producer, said Wednesday that if Carroll O'Connor does not report for work on Thursday he will be written out of the popular CBS comedy series. O'Connor refuses to cross a picket line of striking electricians at CBS. Taping of the show has been suspended since Aug. 21. Lear said an alternate script without Archie is in rehearsal and will be taped Friday night if O'Connor does not appear. O'Connor's current absence is unrelated to an earlier walkout over a contract dispute. During that time O'Connor missed two shows (two weeks) and returned July 30 in time to deliver one line at the end of the third show. The shows concerned his disappearance." ---11 Sep 74

O'Connor, a Catholic who played the WASP bigot (Lear making fun of the intransigent working class?) later said he was "constitutionally incapable" of breaking a picket line and never broke one in his life. Lear threatened him. O'Connor was willing to give up his role. O'Connor said he always thought the role as one of comedy and that it was "sometimes criticized by both Right and Left". I wondered what Lear had in mind since the show over time involved overcoming the Archie straw man in virtually every aspect of the "cultural revolution". And in media men have been portrayed as stupid beer-chugging TV sports zombies more and more since Archie's time.

--->Komen breast cancer charity provides funding for Planned Parenthood. "Dr. Alveda King, pro-life advocate and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, [tells] The DC that giving Planned Parenthood money is part of an insidious cycle. “Breast cancer is linked to abortions, Planned Parenthood gives abortions and then they turn around and give you mammograms, ‘We are going to give you breast cancer then we are going to turn around and let you know that you have it, and then we are going to get with this great organization and raise money to treat it,’” she said." (Dr. Alveda King is also on the board of Priests for Life)

--->How this lion mistook the child for a Happy Meal...

--->Bernanke Ponders The "Nuclear Option"

--->28 minute video, Fraternal Society of St. Peter (FSSP)...

Sypshilis--->More girls are seeing through the crabbed culture and taking the purity pledge; what about the rest? The rest, boys, girls, men, women, have no idea what diseases they are receiving and spreading. Meanwhile the media moguls and "entertainers" laugh all the way to the bank.

That Good Decent Man Ben Stein

The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary.

My confession:

I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees, Christmas trees... I don't feel threatened.. I don't feel discriminated against.. That's what they are, Christmas trees.

It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, 'Merry Christmas' to me. I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn't bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu . If people want a creche, it's just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.

I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from, that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can't find it in the Constitution and I don't like it being shoved down my throat...Read it all

--->Intermission: My lifelong wonder of a sister, Kathy, and marvel of a brother-in-law, Jeff, have just returned from Italy
. There is nothing like the history and culture of this nation on the planet where present time and history overlap, ages merge. Click on these pictures to see..., if you wish, and then go, if you get the opportunity.

--->Earthquake in Anglo-Catholicism: Bishop of Fulham to convert to Rome
; Forward in Faith 'not part of Church of England'

1 comment:

  1. I fell at Dame Joan's feet about 25 yrs ago, but I'd never thought to Google her on YouTube. Today I was thinking of how much I miss the arts, going to plays and all. We will go again..but you have made my day. Thank you so much.