Saturday 03rd June 2023,
Bugout Alley
Whose Passion?

A friend of mine recently used a quote from Georg Hegel to exemplify passion, “Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.”  The problem does not lie in its contents, rather the context.  You see, evil men can passionately speak as well.  The following quote could be a powerful message of good will and hope:

The doom of a nation can be averted only by a storm of flowing  passion, but only those who are passionate themselves can arouse passion in  others.

Too bad it was said by Adolf Hitler!  Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel was a was a German theological philosopher whose idealist account of reality as a whole helped lay the framework for Marxism.   Clearly, a libertarian should not quote Hegel in a positive light.  Georg Hegel wrote, “…the State ‘has the supreme right against the individual, whose supreme duty is to be a member of the State… for the right of the world spirit is above all special privileges.”  It was irrational explanations for ideas like this that made Hegel a staple of communist theory.  When the London Communist League met in 1847, Karl Marx and Frederick Engels used Hegel’s theory of the dialectic to support their economic theory of communism.

Monument for Marx and Hegel in China

The communitarian purpose for the Hegelian dialectic is basically that mankind is merely a series of constant philosophical conflicts.  Hegel was an idealist who believed that the highest state of mankind, a utopia, can only be achieved with a constant struggle between ideological conflict and resolution.  His rules of the dialectic means mankind can only reach its highest spiritual consciousness through endless self-perpetuating struggle between ideals, and the eventual synthesizing of all opposites.  Hegel’s dialectic taught all conflict takes man to the next spiritual level.  But in the final analysis, this ideology simply just justifies conflict, endless wars, and an all-controlling central government. The theory falsely presents an illogical version of freedom and false democratic ideals.


The bottom line is the Hegelian dialectic sets up the scene for state intervention, confiscation, and redistribution of wealth in the U.S., and this is against our ENTIRE constitutional based society.  When applied with the proper morales and the ideology of liberty and freedom, passion can indeed be great.  Our founders knew this, and it was one of the major differences between the American and the French Revolution’s.  Thomas Jefferson had this to say of passion, “It is our sacred duty to SUPPRESS passion among ourselves, and not to blast the confidence we have inspired of proof that a government of reason is better than one of force.”


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