I was cutting up this philosophy lecture to use in a new film. The lecture was about the Frankfurt school. The professor was talking about the theory that the embrace of the rationalist enlightenment ideal by leaders inevitably leads to fascism. He was talking about Sartre and Camus and freedom and responsibility and what consciousness is and being……and then he came out with this line “…In Other words Heidegger was a nazi”. Boy that really struck me a funny for some reason..The first thing I thought of was the MDC song “John Wayne Was A Nazi”
Here’s the video of the song.
That was such a great song. It was so catchy i can almost remember all the words. which were….
John Wayne was a Nazi He liked to play SS Kept a picture of Adolph, Tucked in his cowboy vest Sure he would string up your mother Sure he would torture your pa Sure he would march you up to the wall Sure he would hang you by your last ball
[Chorus:] He was a Nazi But not anymore He was a Nazi Life evens the score
John Wayne slaughtered our Indian brothers Burned their villages and raped their mothers Now he has given them the white man’s lord Live by this, or die by the sword
John Wayne killed a lot of gooks in the war We don’t give a fuck about John anymore We all heard his tale of blood and gore Just another pawn for the capitalist whore
John Wayne wore an army uniform Didn’t like us reds and fags that didn’t conform Great white hero had so much nerve Lived much longer than he deserved
Late show Indian or Mexican dies Klan propaganda legitimized Hypocrite coward never fought a real fight When I see John I’m ashamed to be white Death bed Christian of this you avowed If God‘s alive, you’re roastin’ now Well John, we got no regrets As long as you died a long and painful death
Not only is the song catchy but the sentiment is personal. Not only do we hate John Wayne but we like that he had to die and wished him pain. Of course john Wayne wasn’t a Nazi and the song really wasn’t personal. It had nothing to do with John Wayne it was all about the stupidity of those men who idolized him. Dim slow men sitting around in there chairs drinking . Doing what they were told without out really giving it a second thought. The song is more about the media or popular opinion. We look back at the old cowboy film and we think “well we don’t think like that anymore” and yet then we see thing happen in Vietnam and then Central America and we think well now that we know…….
At least that’s what we used to think back in the eighties but it’s 2012 and we currently live in a country that makes the good old eighties seem like some kind of freaking Disney theme park.
Little known but highly suggestive evidence has been amassed that in the period immediately following Hitlers last meal (a lunch of spaghetti with a light sauce) as Adolf and Eva Hitler went into Hitler’s personal study the poor creature pictured above was crushed by the door as it shut. Due to Military Secrecy the actual truth about the advanced Nazi genetic program was kept from the public until a freedom of information request in 2006. It turns out the Nazi’s,with their means justifies the end philosophy, had made a surprising amount of progress in genetic engineering almost all of which involved committing some atrocity. On the lighter side one product of the research was the five inch tall dog pictured above.
According to certain eyewitnesses the tiny animals had an extremely nice disposition. In an effort to keep down biting incidents among the staff the Nazi Doctors removed all aggressiveness from the dogs with a new drug they had just stumbled upon. This drug was intended to be used on the American and Russian troops in a desperate last act but at the critical moment they ran completely out of the limiting reagent.
So what happened to the drug? Well an American military doctor came across the formula and some of actual hand written lab manuals from various trials of the drug. The doctor then smuggled this information back to America and and began some of his own research using himself as the subject. These experiments have never been reliably described but they have been implicated in the doctors rapid descent into drug addiction. He spent the last 30 years of his life in permanent psychosis being cared for by his sisters who used to cheer him up by telling him Nietzsche had also lived with his sisters.
Luckily he summarized the results of the studies and copied out the formula and details of it’s production. It was from this notebook that Jong-Sir Horng found the formula for what was to be a new wonder drug. Fluoxetine hydrochloride or Prozac ….or Fontex or Ladose or Sarafem or Solax. Yes it was the extremely activating (In certain individuals) serotonin re-uptake inhibitor Prozac. This drug, though not found to be any more effective then the previous generation of antidepressants, was nevertheless described by the Psychiatrist and Popular authorPeter D. Kramer as having the ability to make one feel “better than well”. This led to the eventual “discovery” of most of the drugs available to the psychiatric profession for the treatment of depression. By inhibiting the re-uptake of serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine in various combinations drug companies were able to market a whole selection of drugs which according to FDA accepted studies all perform relatively the same in tests. New tests are performed all the time and new illnesses pop up all over the place all treatable with these drugs. Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Attacks, Social Isolation Syndrome all get their ad space allotment
This isn’t about Iraq or whether or not the war is right or wrong, it is about a young man who gave his life to a cause he believed in. He didn’t fight to stamp out oppresion or save democracy, he fought for his buddies that were there with him. In the end, his sacrifice made it possible for the others to come home.
There is a reason soldiers are young, Maury, it’s because as we age some of us get way too cynical.
I don’t see why doing what you are told is such a cherished American value. I would think not doing what you are told would be more American. Perhaps that’s what lemming do. They all race to the cliff to jump off because perhaps they’ll create a pile of dead bodies tall enough to cushion their buddies fall.
Living ,as I do know, in the south I have really come to understand the subtle power of community opinion. I may not effect me as I understand that these are limited human beings living in fear but I also recognize this worldviews destructive power. It’s a power that comes from a populous of followers. In Tullahoma there are many many signs in public places that espouse the virtues of “Faith”. This faith isn’t in a higher power but in a fear based, willfully ignorant, boring view of the world. A world that is hell not because of its being the world and not heaven but because these people support and fight for the instantiation a of hell which the can then live in. I realize that most people are half-baked couldn’t care less selfish bastards but here in the south when they reach out to something larger then themselves all they can find is cynical fascist doomsday religious cults and hate mongering kleptomaniacal conservative political parties. It’s apparent to me that I’d better stand up and at least try and stick by some sort of uncynical belief that this world can be improved that one doesn’t need to create a hell for everyone. A belief in some reals standards like not killing other people if they aren’t about ready to kill you. It’s in the individual the these belief system have to dwell they can’t come from blind faith. Faith leads to corruption it leads to Nazi’s and Stalinists and hate.
to the contrary…faith and fear are different things. You are simply confusing that which you are ignorant of.
Also, to the contrary, Americans are among the least accomodating of authority. Contrast us to the Europeans who follow government orders carefully and methodically (for example, the Swiss Health System).
If faith was as bad as you believe, then why is it a fundamental part of every human culture? Even Nazism and Stalinism replaced traditional faiths with cults of personality.
The world is not a bad place, Maury. Quit finding evil in every motive.
It’s just that the “Faith” in other here in the south leads to people who are proud of there ignorance. iN A SPIRITUAL SENSE FAITH CAN BE POSITIVE. I can have faith that I am not alone or that if I perform certain actions I will feel better. But Faith as it is understood in this town is obedience to authority. Someone is always interested in what you have faith in because the benefit from it. I certainly don’t see EVIL everywhere. There are evil things happening. And NO faith is blind obedience. Most people do not ever wake up. Most people actually watch television. They are completely oblivious to to the fact that it only shows views of interested parties. There is no way one can have a discussion or learn anything through that form of distorted communication.
He just pops up all over
I’m currently listening to an interview of a Heidegger Scholar who teaches at Stanford.
I have the Prof. Hubert Dreyfus‘ undergraduate lectures on Heidegger ready on my Ipod.
I always need to go beyond where I am at.
I have finally found a large amount of audio of Intelligent people talking intelligently
I have finally completely removed myself from the degrading world of the common media
though I have yet to gather around me many other people who are of like mind.