The Faustian Troglodytes

Reck repeatedly compared mass-man to inferior species. Viewing himself as a rare intellect within the barbaric German civilization, Reck attempted to convey this self-glorifying thought indirectly through the motif of offending those who are beguiled by Fascism.

Spengler, an influential philosopher of history to Reck, in his The Decline of the West, called the Western culture ‘Faustian’ (a reference to Mephistopheles for his appetite for interminable mental capacities and mighty supremacy). This expresses that the soul of the European-American world is characterized by a calamitous eager to attain beyond what is obtainable. The West would then unconsciously exhaust itself as it sinks unto unreality.

Reck’s realization of this ignominious culture leads to such a vehement, hostile condemnation towards the deluded humankind during the World War. To further elevate Spengler’s ideas, Reck emphasized continually that the mentality of modern people are akin to those of the primitive.

Hitler was identified a “Neanderthal man who has got loose from his chain,” yet is a dictator of desperate millions. This leaves a tyrannical conception, as it manifests that the totalitarian trusted as the heroic paragon to reinvigorate society, a lionhearted god, is paradoxically the ungodly villain that would terminate the life of his own empire.

The emperor of the Nazis, then, is an ape-like megalomaniac. Consequently, the disciples of a troglodyte are cavemen, which imply that mass-man lacks ethicality, rationality, equality, and charity, in an age when technologies are hazardous. Thus, as Reck remarked, the “symbiosis of technology and anarchy” are irreconcilable for harmony, as the development of war-machines progresses while the evolution of Homo sapiens reverses.

The apparent yet tendentious metaphor has an essential role in verifying Spengler’s theory that the world will be overindulged with military-overlords of what he regarded as ‘Caesarism’. Unquestionably, egomaniacal, armored primates with guns are terribly menacing.

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