For Nietzsche, socialists and “anarchist dogs” were at the pinnacle (nadir) of the resentful morality of the weak and base. They express opposition to “every special claim, every right and privilege (that is to say in the last resort to every right, for when everyone is equal no-one will need any rights)”. In short, “the democratic movement inherits the Christian.”
Nietzsche advocated aristocratic values – in the age of their downfall at the hands of the bourgeoisie. Now, it is hard to see Nietzsche’s aristocrats as men and women of the future. In fact, in the “democratic age” it is the “aristocrats” (ruling class) who sink most willingly to their kness, grovelling for the herd’s votes and custom. By contrast, the poor are at least ungrateful, as Oscar Wilde remarked.
Again, contrary to Nietzsche’s analysis, and the analysis of nineteenth and twentieth century socialists, “democracy” has not lead to herd-socialism. The herd elects for neither active pity nor collective appropriation. Instead each herdmember lives the fantasy of his own individual pseudo-aristocratisation, becoming an opinionated voter, a discerning customer or petty leader, First Sheep. As such, man is becoming lower in his self-valuation than Nietzsche imagined – ruler and ruled spiralling into ever murkier depths of boastful-humble mooing, barefaced absurdities and trough-luxury. Self-affirmation is confined to pseudo-achievements, shopping and “social” (=herd) status.
Can the herd be overcome?
Who’d have thought it – the characterisics of tomorrow’s nobility are: eschewal of status; boundless self-love; jokes over piety; courage; generosity.