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God may be dead, but Nietzsche isn’t—in fact, his thinking permeates modern culture

Both sides of a growing US culture war draw inspiration from the German philosopher

By Sid Simpson  

From pop culture to business, Nietzsche's ideas live on. Photo: Prospect composite

Like it or not, Friedrich Nietzsche’s declaration that ‘God is dead, and we have killed him’ won’t be going anywhere soon.

In the almost 120 years since his death, the philosopher’s legacy has been taken up by a range of causes—both good and bad. His insight that Christianity is self-denying and that new, healthier values are needed was coopted in Nazi Germany to drum up the fervor of their foot soldiers (famously, a rugged edition of his Thus…

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