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Kind of a /lit/ question, but what do you you think about this guy and his ideas?
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Never finished his storm of steel. Considered trying again but ended picking up master and commander series for a reread.
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He got his skull crushed in Cambrai and wrote a raving book about how GOAT the whole thing was. He's A-OK in my book.
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>>587717
Pretty interesting. A refreshing change from all those commie pacifists who dominate 20th century literature
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Idiosyncratic Francophile.

Torn between duty and freedom.
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I don't understand why he criticized the Blut und Boden policy.
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>>588061
He was Pan-Europeanist, not a nationalist, read Der Friede (1945)

http://www.telospress.com/christianity-regained-ernst-jungers-idea-of-europe-and-of-the-new-european-man-in-the-peace/
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He managed to synthesize anti-democratic, anti-liberal conservatism with radical individualism and existentialism. A very interesting fellow.
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>>588085
I find it hilarious when leftie fanboys from /lit/ try to imply his sympathies lay closer to them.

Take this quote from Die Weltstaat (1960) for instance:
“The anarchist in his purest form is he, whose memory goes back the farthest: to pre-historical, even pre-mythical times; and who believes, that man at that time fulfilled his true purpose . . . In this sense the anarchist is the Ur-conservative, who traces the health and the disease of society back to the root.”

There's also his affinity for French royalists like de Rivarol (whom he wrote a biography for) and his explicit sympathy for the peasants of the Vendean revolt.
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>>588126
Junger was really the true heir of Nietzsche. His philosophy of being an "anarch" who despised anarchists, was a perfect way of putting it.
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>>588159
I don't think Junger can at all be associated with Nietzsche, to be honest. In Aladdin's Problem he calls Nietzsche "Old Gunpowder-head" throughout, with a sort of contempt for Nietzsche. Junger's concept of the Anarch derives from the pre-Nietzschean philosopher Max Stirner, and Junger's views are primarily reactionary and individualistic, without the perspectivism or will to power that characterize Nietzsche.
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>>588212
I don't think it ever occurred to Stirner that authority is good, he argued a lot for unions running everything. No doubt Junger was influenced by Stirner, but Junger's anarch is very different from Stirner's voluntary egoist.
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>>588212
This is true, his influences lay closer to Schopenhauer and Stirner[spoiler], and Novalis if you've read his Sicilian Letter to the Man in the Moon[/spoiler]
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>>588216
Ernst Junger developed his ideas beyond Max Stirner, and his life experience informs his interpretation. The influence of Max Stirner is undoubtable. There's no argument I can see, however, for a major influence upon Ernst Junger's thinking by Nietzsche for you to claim something as far out as he's the true heir of Nietzsche.
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>>588082
Extremely cool essay.
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