The Extreme Nature Of The Third Reich, By Friedrich Nietzsche

Decent Essays

The extreme nature of the Third Reich was the consequence of the Nazi ideology. The structure of the Nazi ideology stems from the spencerian notion of “survival of the fittest”. Another concept that the Nazi’s misappropriated was “will to power” written by Friedrich Nietzsche which links to the fundamental element of social, political and economic relationships. Hitler was the very embodiment of the ideology because he intertwined the Nazi movement and ideology with himself even before he became the chancellor. As Ian Kershaw states: “No one was more aware of the functional significance of his popularity in binding the masses to him, and hence to the regime, as Hitler himself,” and that “[Hitler] commented that the ruler who was dependent only upon executive power without finding ‘the way to the people’ was destined to failure” (Crew 202) …show more content…

Their slogan “ein Volk, ein, Reich, ein Fuhrer” directly translating to one nation one empire one leader reflects the party’s efforts to portray the people, state, and leader as one entity. To do so, routine conflicts reaffirmed the notion of “survival of the fittest,” and at the same time enabled the Nazis to portray Hitler as having triumphed such turmoil. When they got to power, the Nazis expanded to bureaucratic administration. Individual and interdepartmental rivalries which developed within the Nazi bureaucracy was not inadvertent. The existence of this competition allowed no one group to have any more power over each other and hence, Hitler was able to maintain his power at the top of the hierarchical

Get Access