Spengler called for a new elite to rise up in Germany, made up of young people who ignored “worthless political verbiage” and who “are capable of grasping what is potent and invincible in our nature, and who are prepared to go forward, come what may.”
Spengler’s vision of a new nationalist socialism became almost as influential as his Decline of the West. Spengler himself noted that it found a strong following among younger politicians and industrialists. Moeller van den Bruck borrowed from it heavily (just as Spengler had borrowed from Moeller’s earlier The Prussian Style) and argued in a similar vein that a future “third German Reich” must be socialist, in the sense of enjoying a self-sacrificing organic unity as well as being an enemy of decadent capitalism. A militant and military socialism now loomed as the great signpost for the German future. Ernst Jünger wrote a political tract with a strikingly Marxist title, The Worker, which pointed to the affinities between workers ans soldiers as cooperative builders of the future. Spengler very much praised Jünger’s work, and soon the strong and virtuous worker was no longer a rallying symbol of the Marxist left, but of the radical right.
- Arthur Herman, The idea of decline in Western history (1997)