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Roger Stanyard writes:

"The man [Hitler] was so incoherent in his views ... closer to the truth is that he picked and chose whatever helped him push his cause or his rhetoric at the time."

This idea that the Nazis were just opportunist idiots incapable of holding an ideology is simply false. They had an ideology that was (by the standards of religious ideology, which admittedly is not that high a standard) coherent. Above I gave some quotes from Mein Kampfy, to back that up here are some quotes from Houston Stewart Chamberlain, the intellectual founder of Nazism.

Who was Chamberlain? His "The Foundations Of The Nineteenth Century" was one the principle texts of German nationalism and anti-Semitism, selling quarter of a million copies by 1938. On Chamberlain's 70th birthday, the Nazi party newspaper dedicated five columns to him, describing "The Foundations" as the "gospel of the Nazi movement". This book's ideas of Aryan supremacy and a struggle against Jewish influence became the intellectual justification of Nazism. It was spread widely, being carried in all public libraries and included in school curricula.

Rosenberg described himself as "electrified" by reading this book, which he regarded as the inspiration for his own "Myth Of The Twentieth Century". Hitler visited Chamberlain several times between 1923 and 1926, and attended his funeral in 1927. For more on the book, its racial theory and anti-Semitism, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Foundations_of_the_Nineteenth_Century

In the above analysis of Mein Kampf I showed that it was anti-Darwinian. Where Darwin believed in an ascent from apes, with mankind starting out as homogenous, and then branching into different races, Hitler was a creationist. Hitler rejected descent from apes, and believed that the different races were primordial, created in their current state by God, with the Aryan race being supreme, God's highest handiwork, and the nearest image of God himself. Chamberlain thought the same. His major work "Plato" is largely a complete rejection of Darwinism. He was harking back to Plato's ideas of a "Platonic ideal" essence of things, so that difference races were of different essence, and totally rejected Darwin's ideas of races and species as malleable, and evolving into different species.

Here are some quotes:

"A characteristic symptom of our modern intellectual disease is the increasing tendency to relegate things to ever remoter and remoter origins. Thus, for instance, man was said to be descended from the ape; the anatomical impossibility of this is established to-day by a thousand reasons ..."

" the nonsensical dogmas of the theorisers on natural selection and descent may once and for all be rejected."

"That is how anti-science and phantasticism have invaded our times. And how did this happen? It was the inevitable consequence of wishing to understand nature from the process of growth instead of from its Being, ... [The "Being" here being the constant Platonic essence, in contrast to changeable Darwinian "growth".]

"Constancy, not only of single species without any change from the oldest palaeozoic strata until to-day ... but, as I have just shown, constancy of precisely the same structural conditions down to every detail ... that is the great fundamental fact, the fact of all facts, which pure conception gives us in regard to life. Life is form, constant form."

And he gets quite disparaging about Darwin: "These few remarks only serve to show what a want of reflection disfigures the fundamental thoughts of Darwin and his followers."

And lauds a Darwin critic: "This testimony of a professional man rich in knowledge and prudent in judgment, deserves attention at a time when the Darwinian craze works such mischief [...]"

And then there is the claim that the Nazis looked to Darwin and the idea that Darwinian natural selection could lead to a super race. Chamberlain is totally dismissive of this idea:

"How far better this than that we, fooled by delusions out of a bestial past that is no past, such as savages see rising before them like nightmares in their dark caves, but which have never had any existence save in diseased brains, should with outstretched greedy hands, without cease or rest, clutch at a phantastic future in which natural selection, in its blind choice, is forsooth to transfigure us into an exalted being ..."

Again, the Nazi conception of race is the opposite of Darwinism. It isn't looking to create a super-race by Darwinian means, Nazi philosophy (as perfectly explicit in Mein Kampf) is that the Aryan's were a super-race, primoridally created as such by God. And they desired to preserve that by preventing degeneration by interbreeding.

Chamberlain is quite disparaging about Darwinism, calling it an "English disease":

"If we might not say that this craze [Darwinism] is only the last belated straggler of romanticism and Hegelism in alliance with flat English utilitarianism, and that a hundred years will not have passed before it will be judged as men to-day judge alchemy, ... if we did not see around us ... an energetic shaking off of this "English sickness", as the Zoologist Friedrich Dreyer called it in a happy phrase, we might abandon all hope of a future for Science and culture."

All this can be read at http://www.hschamberlain.net/kant/kant_07_notes.html#p127

So there it is once again, the Nazis were fanatical and vitriolic in opposition to Darwin and his ideas. That is why they banned his works, banning "Writings of a philosophical and social nature whose content deals with the false scientific enlightenment of primitive Darwinism ..." http://www.library.arizona.edu/exhibits/burnedbooks/documents.htm

Thu, 30 Dec 2010 18:25:29 UTC | #570967