Chavez now reading Nietzsche
Reminds me of the t-shirt joke,
Nietzsche: “God is dead”
God: “Nietzsche is dead”
However, it is hardly surprising that Hugo Chavez would find solace in the writings of a philosopher that was “anti-democracy, anti-Christianity, anti-Judaism,” and who had delusions of grandeur.
Hugo is on Twitter and on video, saying, “Thus spoke Zaratustra“, while asserting “We will live and we will win!”
President Hugo Chavez greeted Venezuelans in a video this month reading from Friedrich Nietzsche on the attributes of a superman. The days when Chavez played that role himself with six-hour speeches and midnight meetings are gone for now, a casualty of cancer.
Compatriots once accustomed to hours-long appearances on state television now get Chavez in 30-minute doses since he had a malignant tumor removed in Cuba. That may make it harder for him to hang onto power, said Christopher Sabatini, senior director of policy at the Council of the Americas.
While in Cuba, Chavez said he’d taken up Nietzsche’s writings. He was filmed reading passages to his two daughters from “Thus Spoke Zarathustra,” in which the 19th-century German philosopher broached the concept of the “ubermensch,” or superman, who is able to transcend normal human attributes.
Citing Nietzsche helps Chavez cultivate an image of strength, said Ana Teresa Torres, author of “The Inheritance of the Tribe,” a Spanish-language historical account of Venezuelan military strongmen.
Chavez isn’t able to do his 6-hour TV marathons, but loves to hear himself talk, so he went to the Military Academy supposedly to work out, but mostly to hear himself sing:
He wore his now de-rigeur warm-up suit, a fashion tip from Fidel Castro, who knows how well it hides colostomy bags.