Thursday, October 18, 2007

Mencken, Nietzsche, and the onset of WWI

As a diversion from current events:

The Atlantic has posted an old H. L. Mencken article on its website about Nietzsche and the psyche of the German people that was written in November 1914 during the early days of World War I. It's a fascinating glimpse into how at least some in the US must have viewed a European conflict that many of them were certain their country would never join. Mencken is decidedly bullish on the prospects of the new German Empire of the supermen.

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