For Work / Against Work
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"Nietzsche and Ernst Jünger: From nihilism to totalitarianism"

by Ohana, David (1989)


The aesthetic-nihilistic revolution in western culture initiated by Nietzsche in the nineteenth century was transformed by Ernst Jtinger into a modern vision of technology and a new political pattern of totalitarian nihilism. Over and above 'nihilism'and 'totalitarianism' as such …

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The First World War was a watershed point which witnessed a ‘growing transformation of life into energy’.25 Work and war as manifestations of energy for energy’s sake were metaphorical actions deriving from the metaphysics of the will-to-power. Man’s metaphorical mastery of the universe was made possible by modern technology. Man’s mastery of technology had no purpose except mobilisation for its own sake; the result was total mobilisation, in work or war. It represented an active nihilism, or a nihilistic will-to-power.  (p.755)


Nietzsche, Jünger, Nihilism, Totalitarianism, Heidegger, Political Theory, Technology, Revolution


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