“Higher education and horde – these are in contradiction from the outset. Any higher education is only for the exceptions: you have to be privileged to have the right to such a high privilege. Nothing great or beautiful could ever be common property: pulchrum est paucorum hominum.” (Twilight of the Idols, What the Germans Lack 5)
In the very near future I will begin hosting “Beauty is for the Few,” a monthly podcast to be aired on Counter-Currents Radio. Seeking both originality in a becoming-saturated market and a topic that plays to my joys and strengths, I will host a single guest to discuss a single Nietzsche aphorism for one hour. As some of you know, Nietzsche said more in a sentence than most do in a lifetime, so there should be no shortage of ideas.
Take this one, for example, soon to be the basis of a paper published by Counter-Currents: “One cannot think and write except while sitting down (Flaubert). – I’ve caught you, nihilist! Sitting still is the very sin against the Holy Spirit. Only peripatetic thoughts have any value.” (Twilight of the Idols, Arrows and Epigraphs 34.)
In order to facilitate participation in the discussions, I will make each show’s aphorism available – both here and at Counter-Currents – several weeks in advance. When possible these will either come from the Cambridge University or Stanford University editions of Nietzsche’s work, which will act as the primary sources for the show.
If technology and scheduling allow it, I would like to add comments from listeners during each show (but only in a way that is not too contrived – Q and A sessions always seem tedious to me).
Context, translation discrepancies, how the ideas on display relate to other areas of Nietzsche’s thought, and most importantly, how Nietzsche is indispensable/useful for the New Right and men seeking the death of the bourgeois Last Man, are just some of the means of dissection that will be used. It is my intention to keep “levels of abstraction” to a minimum, so as to remain as close as possible to Nietzsche’s intended meaning and usefulness.
I hope to attract fellow Nietzschean thinkers, luminaries in the American and European New Right, and students and people still in the New Right underground. Of the latter, several have contacted me since I began publishing at Counter-Currents, expressing an interest in, and will to be influenced by, Nietzsche. I am looking forward to their taking part in this seminar. As I would like the podcast to facilitate the involvement of students in the New Right, I urge anyone worthy of discussing Nietzsche to contact me.
To be clear, I have attempted live discussions of this sort in Atlanta and inevitably they break down because of someone’s need to reconcile The Antichrist with Biblical scripture, as if Nietzsche just didn’t read the right part; or someone else’s need to reconcile Nietzsche with their libertarian racism, greed, and love of the indivisible individual in a free market economy. Instead, I’m looking for serious thinkers, not bourgeois malcontents who think Nietzsche will land them on American Idol so they can finally “be who they were meant to be”. (One of these unnamable people told me “Jesus still loved Nietzsche,” while the other saw in him only justification for having a gated community to “keep the Niggers out”. I suppose that is a pathos of distance!)
Because a daylong conversation with John Morgan of Arktos Media about the differences in translation between Cambridge’s Daybreak and Stanford’s Dawn inspired the podcast, he will be the first guest. It looks like we will discuss aphorism 224 of Human, All Too Human, titled “Refinement through degeneration,” which introduces “Signs of Higher and Lower Culture” in the Stanford edition. Those familiar with the classic R.J. Hollingdale translation of HATH for Cambridge will immediately note the differences in title: “Ennoblement through degeneration” and “Tokens of Higher and Lower Culture”. I will be willing to argue that there are conceptual and political implications to each translator’s choice of words. Nonetheless, because John Morgan and I share the Stanford edition, it will be the source we use.
I will post the first aphorism as soon as the logistics of the podcast are completed.