Unthinking Majority wrote:In my university years my philosophy professor once told me that philosophers (British/American, French, Ancient Greek etc) have traditionally been careful to consider what would happen if their philosophies, especially political philosophies, were taken to an extreme. They were careful in their writings over the centuries, to take responsibility for what their ideas could be used for, good or bad.
Many key German thinkers and philosophers have not taken this same care. German thinkers are radical and revolutionary and dangerous. Nietzsche was dangerous. Marx was dangerous. Hitler and his inner circle were dangerous. Martin Luther was dangerous. Trump is dangerous, following in the great German tradition and his father's nutty teachings.
Trump is neither German nor a thinker. He is a typical product of US imperialism who wouldn't stand a chance in Germany.
Hitler was a demagogue but not a thinker or philosopher. It takes an American to confound the two.
Marx was a great economist, only American anti-communists would consider him a dangerous thinker today.
Nietsche was an inspirational thinker but not a philosopher who presented a system of thought.
Luther was a religious leader who channeled the protests against the feudal exploitation sanctioned by the Catholic church. Compared to other leaders of those protests, he was a moderate.
While neither of the above is a thinker in the sense of a major philosopher, you ignore real German philosopher or thinkers including Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Goethe and many others.
Like Nagarjuna, every philosopher needs to take his philosophy to "an extreme". Otherwise it would just remain mediocre and common place.
The Christian philosophy of love has been turned into an instrument for massacring millions. Does that make Jesus a "dangerous thinker?"
Pre-war racists constructed Jewish-Bolshevik (or Jewish-Bolshevik-Capitalist) conspiracies. Since it's no more politically correct to pander Jewish conspiracy theories, you replaced Jewish with German in your racist conspiracy theory.