Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Trump and SuperTrump

Were the Trump campaign an episode of The Simpsons it would look the same up to and including a Time Square animated billboard featuring a outsized Trump as Superman.

But since this billboard is the brainchild of alt-right guru Roger Stone we should look at it as Trump's most rabid followers will.

Trump as Superman is a reference to Friedrich Nietzsche's Ubermensch as interpreted by Alfred Baeumler. 
I teach you the overman. Man is something that shall be overcome. What have you done to overcome him? ~ Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

The foundations of Christian morality -- religious individualism, a guilty conscience, meekness, concern for the eternal salvation of the soul -- all are absolutely foreign to Nietzsche. ~ Baeumler (1937)
It is the vision of a strongman who will replace the petty nihilism of democracy and limitations of modern morality with a God-Man. It is a strongman devoid of the weaknesses of conscience, charity, or compassion willing and able to do those things lesser men once considered evil.

Is 10 in the morning to early to start drinking?

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