Note from the Editors: This essay is part III and the final part of an online symposium on D’Annunzio, Nietzsche and Bronze Age Pervert. Read part I, here, and part II, here.
Friedrich Nietzsche: A Right Turn from Conservatism and Liberal Christianity
“I mistrust all systematizers and I avoid them. The will to a system is a lack of integrity.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols
“First let us make the younger generation good pagans and afterwards let us make them Christians.”
– C.S. Lewis
The notion of a Nietzschean right-wing outside of conservatism should be fairly coherent for many. This, after all, is what figures like Bronze Age Pervert (BAP) are inspiring and igniting online – a Right which is not ‘classically liberal’, nor Republican, nor rooted in the Enlightenment, but rather invested in mythology, beauty, health, and national greatness.
But another idea – the question of whether it is possible to be Christian and not liberal – should be considered an equally important issue.
Liberal Christianity was exemplified by George W. Bush. The imperial elements of Christianity made subservient to his secular nation-building, during which the sacrifice of the oldest Christian communities were seen as necessary collateral damage for feminism and gay rights to emerge in the Middle East.
Obama fulfilled the great promise of Bush II, allowing Christian charity to become a deranged, weaponized empathy in which abortion and gay marriage were the new acts of ‘love’ for the downtrodden.
Wokeness itself is less some kind of neo-Marxism, and more a Christian heresy. The Puritans who founded Harvard and Yale as a vehicle for their Unitarian, Masonic, Deistic beliefs, have simply reached the endgame of their religion – a Gnostic hatred for our world and our spiritual and historic homelands.
But despite Christians having long been at the heart of the Right, whether you can be both Christian and right-wing requires some introspection. Today the Pope is certainly not right-wing, and more of a Davos/Geneva man. The same can be said of all the ecclesial communities, at least in the West, who would surely have no problem in recognizing the teaching authority of this pope.
But what does it mean that a man of the appetites of Trump was considerably more sympathetic to their vulnerabilities in the American system than the devout Bush?