The Revolution of Nihilism: Warning to the West

The Revolution of Nihilism: Warning to the West

The Revolution of Nihilism: Warning to the West

The Revolution of Nihilism: Warning to the West

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The temptation of our day is to accept the intolerable, for fear of still worse to come. But before considering what would convert an intolerable situation into a better one, or possibly a worse, we have to face another question--the crucial question of what must inevitably be the end of a process if it is left to itself and its logical outcome. This is the subject of the remarks that follow on the present condition of the German nation. What will be the end of all these exhausting efforts and upheavals, what must inevitably come of them? That is the question that occupies the thoughts of every thinking man to-day in Germany. What must come of this revolution, in which the present leaders of the nation continue staunchly to profess their faith? And there is a yet more fundamental question: what is this revolution, what is its nature? A national "awakening," with the unmistakable features of a radical, all-embracing revolution; surface discipline and order, beneath which the destruction of all elements of order in the nation is plainly visible; a vast display of energy and achievement, which cannot hide the wasteful and destructive exploitation of irreplaceable resources, material, mental, and moral, accumulated through generations of fruitful labor; a boundless activity that can no longer conceal the ebbing of energies--what is this Third Reich in reality, a new order in the making or a holocaust, a national re-birth through the historic energies of the nation or a progressive, permanent revolution of sheer destruc-

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