It is a generally recognised fact amongst historians that there exist two
totalitarian ideologies: Nazism and Communism. When looking at Nazism and
Communism one will see that they have one thing in common: They do not
recognise the importance of the single human being. The only thing that
matters to them is a big group (i.e. the Aryan Race, the working class). It
is this aspect of these two ideologies that make them so-called totalitarian
In this piece however, I will contest the fact that there are only two such
totalitarian ideologies. I will try to authenticate my belief that there
exists yet one more totalitarian ideology: The ideology of modern Humanism.
When one looks up the word ‘Humanism’ in an encyclopedia it states that
Humanism is an ideology which focuses on the importance of every single
human being. That it is an “ideology which emphasises the value of the
individual human being and its ability to develop into a harmonic and
culturally aware personality”. This sounds fair enough, right? Indeed it
does, but it is my firm belief that the explanation here does not match the
humanism of our time.
The so-called Humanists I have met have been putting a strong emphasis on
humanity as a gigantic community rather than on the individual. Often one
will even find alleged humanists who insist that the views, aspiritions and
basic happiness of indigenous Europeans is of no importance. Instead, these
Humanists say, indigenous Europeans should bow down and forget about their
own wants and desires for the greater good of humanity. The greater good of
Humanity usually seems to be to take no interest in Europe’s cultural
heritage and integrate into a grey, world-wide, uniform “globalisation” with
the Coca-Cola-culture as loadstar.
Now think through that idea again: that people should give up their desires
for a gigantic community (in this case humankind). Doesn’t that sound like
something we have heard before? Yes, indeed, this idea is a main trait in
Nazism and Communism and constitutes the very thing that makes an ideology
So clearly humanism has become (if it has ever been anything else) a
totalitarian ideology in line with Communism and Nazism/Fascism. In fact the
Humanists are even worse as the groups whose individual rights they slap
down is even bigger.
The totalitarian tendencies within Humanism have not yet revealed themselves
in the form of mass-murder or other such atrocities. But that it is
certainly capable of that can be seen from several examples. The very fact
that many Humanists wish to see a world government really shows the
dangerous, totalitarian tendencies of Humanism.
Also notice the way that Humanists insist that human beings should treat
each other well merely because, yes, we are all human beings. This line of
argument is basically the same as that which was used by the nazis – just
applied more broadly. The Nazis believed that people of the same race should
be kind to each other and stick together. The argument that humans should be
good to each other just because they are of the same species is based on
exactly the same way of thinking: whether it is applied to the Aryan Race or
humankind it means that people should be kind to each other simply because
of their shared genes.
The danger of humanism lies in the fact that it can so easily slip into that
the worst of deeds are being seen as acceptable as long as they are done for
the greater good of humanity. This is also an argument which been used in
the debate over mass-murders in the Soviet Union: Humanists have claimed
that because the Communists intended the best for humanity their
mass-murders were somehow less terrible than those of the Nazis.
So mark my words: the great atrocities of the 21th century will not be
commited in the name of the proletariat or any race but in the name of
humanity. It gives me the creeps when I hear someone talk about humanity… it’s not that Humanism is evil. When one is aware of its totalitarian tendencies so that they can be countered it is probably an okay ideology.
But it is not so much better than other ideologies either. Just like any
ideology it has its good and bad points. What worries me however is the
tendency to regard Humanism as especially flawless. Whenever something is
said to be in the name of Humanity everybody just seems to accept that
things are in order.
This is dangerous! We must not close our eyes to the totalitarianism of
modern Humanism. The world is not so simple that there is one good ideology
and one or more bad ones.
So is there any answer, any alternative, to the totalitarian way of
identifying put forth by Nazism, Communism and Humanism? Yes, surely there
is an answer. So, is the answer the cold and selfish individualism of
today’s ultra-liberalism? No, the answer is to recognise that one’s
personality is made up of several different but equal identities.
I recognise that I have something in common with all living beings, but yet
that I have more in common with humans than with members of the other
species on this Earth. I also realise that I have more in common with a
white person than with members of any other human race. In turn, I
understand that I share more in common with white people of my own nation
than with foreign whites.
It also seems logical to me that I have more in common with the men of my
nation than with the women of my nation. Finally I also see that I harbour a
special core which is different from that of any other human being, making
me unique and not exactly like any other being in the world.
In short: I recognise that my personality is created within an interplay of
different identities. Such a realisation is the way out of
So what do I really want to say with these philosophical thoughts? Really
just that people should treat each other kindly. Not because we “are all
humans” or because we share the same chromosomes, but because of a
deeply-felt recognition that peace and co-operation is what’s best for
everyone. So I resent those humanists or socialists who say that we should
be oh-so-sweet to each other because “we are all human”. At the same time I
am at odds with those right-wingers who spread hate and think that all alien
people are just bad.
We, the European peoples, should be open towards others and try to
collaborate because in the end that’s what gets us all the most. Never
should we hate or resent anyone merely because of their creed. But yet when
being trampled upon and met with hate or contempt we should not turn the
other cheek because “we are all humans”, but – after double-checking that it
really was a hatefully meant insult and not just a mistake – respond in
Actually this should be ordinary commonsense and not something that needs to
be made clear by philosophical explanations.