The Heideggerianization of the Right

In his surprising 1987 best seller, The Closing of the American Mind, Allan Bloom identified a phenomenon he called the Nietzscheanization of the Left. Bloom observed the strange fact that Nietzsche, though of the Right, had been appropriated by leftist academics, who took him into their service and repressed the incompatibilities between his philosophy and their leftist aims. The context was the post-war consensus that the Right had become totally discredited and could be ignored. Political practice had reconfigured the terrain of political life to exclude the Right from polite society.

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