More importantly is that Wagner was also an ardent student of the great German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer. Schopenhauer blamed the Jews for animal cruelty since Genesis 1 unabashedly teaches that man was made in God’s image, and hence commissioned to rule over nature, “the fault lies with the Jewish view that regards animals as something manufactured for man’s use.” Schopenhauer, perhaps the original animal rights guru of Europe, was appalled by the fact that John the Baptist wore animal skins. He was also Hitler’s favorite philosopher. Wagner was also an avid reader of Ernst Haeckel’s Social Darwinian ecology that was extremely popular in Germany in the latter half of the 1800’s. While Hitler eschewed some of Haeckel’s political views, his Germanic Social Darwinism would become the racist ‘scientific’ foundation upon which National Socialism was built. Moreover, Schopenhauer and Haeckel were also enthusiastically read by Hitler’s spiritual father, Dietrich Eckart. Thus, Wagner’s strong interest in both of these avant-garde German scholars would all but guarantee that in spite of Hitler’s inconsistency on green socialist issues, environmental themes would still play an important role in National Socialism. Hitler himself asserted that, “whoever wishes to comprehend National Socialism must first know Richard Wagner.”
More shocking still is how literal Hitler took this ‘prophecy’ to heart. In fact, in the horrific Nazi documentary film “The Eternal Jew”, the Jewish ritual slaughter of cattle and sheep was graphically shown right at the climax of the film to heighten its effect. Neither does it fail to mention that the Mosaic Law has “no love or respect for animals in the Germanic sense.” After dwelling at great length on the blood and gore, the documentary film then finally reveals Hitler for the first time and lauds his efforts on the passage of Nazi animal rights legislation. From here, the film shades into Hitler’s infamous 1939 speech where he howls before an overzealous Nazi audience that he is about to send the Jews into an unimaginable hell if they start another world war. That the Jews would soon be treated like cattle and experimental animals in the green Nazi hell that was the holocaust was thus no coincidence or oversight. The Nazis took upon themselves the sadistic responsibility of literally fulfilling Schopenhauer’s ghastly prophecy – the most extreme caricature of environmental ethics put to its ultimate anti-human test.
The Nazis were thus hell bent in ushering a new apocalyptic world order based on the literal application of Nature’s Social Darwinian laws to social and political life. Hence, just like Marxism, which envisaged a secular eschaton of socialistic utopia at the end of history based on the literal socio-economic conditions on the ground, so the Nazis countered them with the much heralded 1,000 year Reich based on literal biology and ecology, which Himmler’s SS especially took to heart with their “Blood and Soil” doctrine. German blood and German soil were principles that were presumed to be according to Nature’s Social Darwinian laws of life that must be adhered to if Nazi Germany was to enjoy the eschaton. While the Marxists, however, viewed the eschaton as more open ended, the Nazis seized upon the 1,000 year Reich as the perfect counterfeit to the whole idea of the 1,000 year Judeo-Christian Millennium predicted in the book of Revelation. Both the Marxists and the Nazis thus extracted from the Judeo-Christian worldview its apocalyptic view of history, yet discarded its sacred and supernatural framework for the latest political and social-scientific-evolutionary fads of the times. In short, whereas the Marxists believed that the eschaton would be realized through the socio-economic dialectical conflict between the capitalists and the proletariat, the Nazis believed that the Aryan Millenium would come about through the application of proper biological eugenics into the fray of Nature’s ecological battles and struggles. Contrary to popular opinion, the Master Race was the best precisely because it was most in tune with the laws of Nature.
Lastly, the Antichrist will demand that the entire world worship him or face death. Hitler, of course, was a big proponent of the Fuhrer principle. He once told his undersecretary Martin Bormann that he will one day become a religious figure. He went on to say, “already Arabs and Moroccans are mingling my name with their prayers. Amongst the Tartars I shall become Khan. The only thing of which I shall be incapable is to share the sheik’s mutton with them. I’m a vegetarian, and they must spare me their meat!”
The quotes from Arthur Schopenhauer are taken from the unabridged version of "Parerga and Paralipomena."