Cultural Foundations of National Socialism, part 2.

One characteristic of Hitler’s style of rule was straightforwardness; he shared his views honestly and had a talent for maintaining diplomacy even when discussing topics for which he felt unbridled passion. In his writings, chronicling his days of poverty as a youth in Vienna, he points out the lack of national pride among the city’s…

Return Tradition from the Museum to the Street

Museoligicalisation – the transformation of a living tradition into a museum piece, which deprives it of an active meaning or significance.—Guillaume Faye. On my first stroll through Belfast’s Cathedral quarter in Northern Ireland, this sticker popped up a few times: It criticizes the local university, even claiming it’s ‘destroying’ the city. I figured it had…

Cultural Foundations of National Socialism, part 1.

At Nuremberg, Northern Bavaria in 1938, Adolf Hitler addressed in a speech the purpose of art and its relation to National Socialism. Recalling Hellenism, the culture of the Greeks, which he defined as “a proclamation of the Greek body and of the essential Greek spirit,” Hitler called for a German renaissance in the arts to…