Douglas Wilson on Nietzsche

In a punchy post on Chesterton and Nietzsche, Douglas Wilson writes:

Nietzsche was a conflicted sentimentalist, raging against his own pathetic fears, loves, and inadequacies, and convincing pretty much everybody that he was the uber-bad boy. He was a brilliant and captivating writer, and so he could effectively draw attention away from himself. But the shrewd sanity of Chesterton saw through the verbal tricks completely. Nietzsche could see down the road of nobility and courage a long way. But seeing down a road and walking down it are very different things – and because this was the case, the better Nietzsche could see, the more of a waster he knew himself to be.

… Nietzsche is a moralist of unbelief. He preached strength and aristocracy because he knew himself to be craven. The moment he snapped into madness was highly suggestive – when he saw a horse being beaten. Why is it suggestive? He identified with the horse, and not with the driver who held a “strong whip hand.”

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