Un(der)known Writers: Pierre Klossowksi

Nietzsche and the Vicious Circle (1969):

The project that foresees a “class” of satiated slaves satisfied with their lot who work to benefit austere and sober masters, in accordance with the latter’s “creative tasks,” is nothing other than a systematization of what Nietzsche sees in the already existing order: namely, that the false hierarchy of the so-called ruling class, which believes it determines the fate of the rarest individuals, hidden among the masses, in reality frees an inverted an secret hierarchy from its most vile tasks—a hierarchy formed by “surplus men” who are unassimilable to the general interest.  The “rulers” (industrialists, military men, bankers, bureaucrats, etc.) with their various tasks, are merely effective slaves who work unknowingly on behalf of these hidden masters, and thus for a contemplative caste that ceaselessly forms the “values” and the meaning of life.

 

Reading Like a Loser

Sometimes it’s said that we’re all Nietzscheans now. From cultural studies to continental philosophy, Nietzsche's ideas aren’t so much studied as presupposed; they’re part of the deep grammar of those disciplines, part of the furniture. These days, disquieting Nietzschean insights like, say, perspectivism (the idea that there are no facts, only interpretations) have come to seem commonplace.

The Last Cat

Where Zarathustra defined the letzte mensch as the man so despicable he is incapable of despising himself, the lolcat is incapable of despising his master. Lo! I show you the age of the last cat.