Lo, this is the tarantula’s den! Would’st thou see the tarantula itself? Here hangeth it’s web: touch this, so that it may tremble.Friedrich Nietzsche
Thus Spake Zarathustra, 29
Nietzsche wrote to the tarantulas: “Revenge is in thy soul; wherever thou bitest, there ariseth black scab….” The tarantulas of Nietzsche’s parable preach equality. But their preaching is not honest.
Nietzsche wanted to expose the motives of the tarantulas, rebuking their vengefulness with laughter. “Therefore,” wrote Nietzsche, “I tear at your web, that your rage may lure you out of your den of lies, and that your revenge may leap forth from behind your word ‘justice.’”
Nietzsche warned that the tarantulas want to fill the world “with the storms of their justice.” Their “Will to Equality” has become the basis for a false system of valuation. Today’s tarantulas are better known as “social justice warriors.” They are, in Nietzsche’s words: “against all that hath power.” But this outcry against power masks the tarantulas’ very own lust for power.
Many years ago I confronted a political activist whose inordinate desire for power was suddenly exposed. Instead of covering up and denying, he said to me: “I do not want to be an insect, like my father.” This shocking admission is something that Nietzsche, as the psychologist of the “will to power,” addressed with the following lines:
What the father has hid comes out in the son; and oft have I found in the son the father’s revealed secret.
Inspired ones they resemble; but it is not the heart that inspires them — but vengeance. And when they become subtle and cold, it is not spirit, but envy, that makes them so.
Their jealously leads them also into thinker’s paths; and this is the sign of their jealousy — they always go too far: so that their fatigue has at last to go to sleep on the snow.
In all their lamentations sounds vengeance, in all their eulogies is maleficence; and being judge seems to them bliss.
Nietzsche warned his readers to distrust all “in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.” Out of such countenances “peer the hangman and the sleuth-hound.” They are, in reality, preachers of death. Nietzsche said, “they themselves were formerly the best world-maligners and heretic-burners.”
The world is never going to be a paradise in which everyone has everything in equal measure. Universal peace is not in prospect. The design of this life, of this world, is one in which the soul advances to maturity through difficulties of every kind. The path intended for man is not socialist utopia. The path of man is an upward path, made for climbing. Each individual climbs at his own pace. It is not a world in which the foremost climbers should be forced to retrace their steps for the sake of those who remain below. According to Nietzsche, the world requires elevation and, therefore, it requires steps, and “a variance of steps.” Life strives to rise and, in doing so, to surpass itself.
In quoting Nietzsche I am not endorsing his philosophy. Yet, when a man has good insights to offer, it is best to acknowledge them. The social justice warriors of the present day are not liberators. They are jailers. They are not helping women and minorities, they are destroying the country.
As the psychologist of “the will to power,” Nietzsche saw that something incredibly dangerous was destined to congeal inside the Western mind, and inside Germany. To clarify his actual positions, Nietzsche was not a racist or antisemite. He despised German chauvinism. He despised socialism and nationalism and communism. It is one of those ironies of history that Hitler used Nietzsche as a prop for his demagogy, meeting with the dead philosopher’s sister, giving Nietzsche’s collected works as a gift to Mussolini. In fact, Hitler perverted what he found in Nietzsche — if only to mask his own career as the ultimate tarantula, eager for revenge and lusting for power.
What we find, when examining Nietzsche’s writings, is someone who feared for the future of Europe, who warned of the advent of “European nihilism.” This nihilism offers free play to the tarantulas, because few are able to stand firm. Nihilism fills men with doubt. This doubt quickly turns to despair. Despair turns to self-pity. Self-pity devolves into the politics of the victim. Here we approach to absolute cynicism — to the point at which faith crumbles. And there stands the tarantula with his “new faith.” He is offering you “equality” and “justice.” But as Nietzsche warned, the tarantula is motivated by envy. He is fixated on revenge as he thirsts for power.
Are you ready to join the tarantulas? They are asking you, now, to bend your knee. Many are going to do it, and they have no idea what they are about to unleash. The people they are empowering are not psychologically normal. The process is disintegrative. What we have failed to appreciate, after so many years of stability and prosperity, is that all institutions are fragile; that life itself is fragile.
The power of the tarantulas is growing. Many local and state governments are in their hands. The mainstream media is in their hands, along with many publications. One example should suffice.
If you open the pages of The Atlantic (which was my favorite magazine two decades ago), you will find a concentration of such venom, of such spite and hatred, that to read the whole thing is to be poisoned with a hatred of America so violent, and so profound, that you either become a tarantula yourself, or turn against them for all time.
When every single article is oriented against America’s national interest, against American feelings, against the Founding Fathers, against the president, against the maintenance of a national border — as if all these things were manifestations of “fascism” — you must conclude that tarantulas are behind the work; for it is advanced under the banner of “justice” and “equality.” It is as condemnatory as a hangman, as implacable as its pose of reason is false, and as seditious in spirit as the communist insurrection it complements.