Red State editor and blogger Pejman Yousefzadeh is currently on board at Right Reason as a guest-blogger, contributing a series of pieces sketching the lineaments of a rapproachment between conservatism and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. Nietzsche's philosophy, long tarred by association with the horrors of German National Socialism, and rejected by most conservatives on account of its advocacy of militant irreligion and its status as a resource for postmodernists and nihilists, such as this fool, may, he argues, contain rich potentialities for conservative thought.
In his first installment, Pejman discusses Nietzsche's conception of the self, clearing away misconceptions that often becloud the minds of readers trying to assimilate Nietzsche's teaching on the relationship between Master and Slave moralities, and showing the affinities of his teachings on rank-ordering and responsibility with conservative philosophy. In the second installment, Pejman defends Nietzsche against the stale calumny that he was an antisemite and forerunner of Nazi 'thought', a calumny that should astonish all those who have actually, well, read Nietzsche. And in his most recent contribution, Pejman discusses the uses of Nietzschean thought for religion, building on the argument of the first post to argue that the Nietzschean doctrines of self-overcoming and affirmation are not necessarily incompatible with religious profession.
This latter piece ought to be read in connection with the masterful treatment of the illusory consolations afforded the irreligious by their creeds written by our own Bill Luse. For it behooves the believer well to remember that what a Nietzsche writes that is true is not (wholly) original, and that what he writes that appears to be original is really a modern expression of ancient errors. Then again, there is much to be said for taking spoils from Egypt.