Donald Trump and Friedrich Nietzsche

Source: Peter Weiner, The New York Times, July 5

Excerpt from an article on “The Theology of Donald Trump.”

Friedrich Nietzsche…Whether or not he has read a word of Nietzsche (I’m guessing not), Mr. Trump embodies a Nietzschean morality rather than a Christian one. It is characterized by indifference to objective truth (there are no facts, only interpretations), the repudiation of Christian concern for the poor and the weak, and disdain for the powerless. It celebrates the Übermensch, or Superman, who rejects Christian morality in favor of his own. For Nietzsche, strength was intrinsically good and weakness was intrinsically bad. So, too, for Donald Trump.

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Nietzsche also had other things to say:

Without music, life would be a mistake.

All of life is a dispute about taste.

There cannot be a God because if there were one, I could not believe that I was not He.


2 responses to “Donald Trump and Friedrich Nietzsche

  1. Michael Gundy

    Both gents share another trait: neither would be welcome at my table. They lack grace, humour and wit.

  2. mike holliday

    From reading this I can think of a number of political leaders whose thoughts are similar to those of Nietzsche.
    No facts, just interpretations and the belief that strength is intrinsically good and weakness intrinsically bad are hallmarks of a certain mindset.
    In Australia this trait is most often seen in conservative (they call themselves Liberal) leaders.
    Conservatives who don’t hold to this view seldom become leaders and when they do they very quickly are brought down by the more right wing elements in the Liberal Party.