Until recently, Jim Fox, a 73-year-old San Jose resident and retired quality-insurance manager for General Electric's nuclear-energy business, didn't know much about Friedrich Nietzsche."I'd heard the Nazi rumor, and that's about all," he said. "I wanted to find out what was going on. He's referenced quite often by solid authors."Fox was one of more than 30 people who enrolled in "Nietzsche in the 21st Century" (Philosophy 29), a five-week Stanford Continuing Studies course held earlier this spring. Many of the students were working professionals; others were retired. But most were vaguely aware that the work of the 19th-century philosopher, who pronounced God dead and whose writings were appropriated by the Nazis, had been misrepresented in the past, and they wanted to find out what the guy was really trying to say. [good luck with that!][...]In any case, "Nietzsche in the 21st Century" attracted more students than Nietzsche himself did during any of his years at the University of Basel, where he began teaching in 1869 as a professor of classical philology at the age of 24.During his lifetime, he wrote more than a dozen PHILOSOPHICAL texts. [emphasis added][...]He thought the notion of a better life after death furnished the grounds for the deprecation of this life, said Kristi Wilson, the instructor for the course, who also teaches at Stanford as a fellow with the Introduction to the Humanities Program. [Yeah - it's much better to try to have as much fun as possible while believing that life is ultimately meaningless, even if Nietzsche's insane "eternal recurrence" could be real.][...]But thanks to a growing interest in Nietzsche, the riot of popular misconception around him has started to diminish. [So much for his efforts to avoid being pinned down.]"In the first place, Nietzsche has made his way into popular culture. He has been mentioned on The Sopranos and in the film Good Will Hunting, is read by cultural icons like Shaquille O'Neal and Marilyn Manson, and has been FICTIONALIZED BY STANFORD PROFESSOR Irvin Yalom, the author of When Nietzsche Wept," Wilson said. "Secondly, there is something about Nietzsche's deep understanding of the psychology of power and radical individualism that lends itself to the efforts of some people to reconceptualize their values and morals in an age of downsizing and increasingly incomprehensible global economic trends. On the academic front, Nietzsche has become an invaluable theoretical tool for revisionist historical projects that seek to explore power dynamics in earlier periods from an interdisciplinary perspective."
from 100 years after death, Nietzsche's popularity keeps growing (news release from Stanford News Service, a division of the Empire of the Mind)
So, a smart person responds to British economic warfare by discarding all morality, instead of by investigating why our "leaders" have been systematically dismantling the physical economy for the last few decades. The final sentence appears to have been intended as indecipherable gobbledygook designed to give the impression that Nietzsche's philosophy has been "scientifically validated," or it might be an encoded reference to efforts to explain-away Hitler's regard for Nietzsche. (However, the fact remains that Hitler was actually the EPITOME of the Nietzschean "Ubermensch": someone who discards all morality and "goes for the gusto.")
But just because the above-mentioned popular media have been used for popularizing Nietzsche doesn't mean that they should be avoided, although if you don't find Marilyn Manson repulsive for other reasons, there's still hope for you, although perhaps in another life.