Derelict Space

Tag: altruism

Slave Power Moves the Bourgeois World, Part 1

by markdyal

“Nietzsche asks: who conceives of the will to power as a will to get oneself recognized? Who conceives of power itself as the object of a recognition? Who essentially wants to be represented as superior and even wants his inferiority to be represented as superiority? ‘It is the slave who seeks to persuade us to have a good opinion of him; it is also the slave who then bends his knee before these opinions as if it wasn’t him who produced them.’ What we present to ourselves as power itself is merely the representation of power formed by the slave. What we present to ourselves as the master is the image of the triumphant slave.” Gilles Deleuze and Friedrich Nietzsche, Nietzsche and Philosophy 80-81, On the Genealogy of Morality 3:14.

And if Altruism is a Tool of the State …?

by ds1977

“The Southerner has retained and fostered – in a certain way reinstated – the medieval estimate as to the value of life. In the opinion of those ages it was but lightly esteemed; it was not a supreme good for which almost all else was to be sacrificed, but something to be taken in hand and put in risk in the pursuit of manly ideals. Modernism has worked to intensify the passion for existence until those who are under its dominion cannot well conceive how a man – except for some supreme duty to which he is pledged by altruistic motives – can give up his own life or take that of his neighbor.” Nathaniel Shaler, North American Review, 1890.