One straightforward approach to men who call themselves philosophers is to ignore them or treat them with contempt. Another is to prune away the reams of waffle to see what, if anything they mean. Antony Sutton, a very perceptive historian of Wall Street and the Bolshevik Revolution, in other words big finance and career revolutionaries tells us that in Hegel's view the State owns the man. The Framers of the American Constitution took precisely the opposite view; that the government is there to serve the people, not vice versa. Hegel inspired Marx and Adolf Hitler who were both lovers of the State, who were collectivists. He also influenced Antonio Gramsci, the leading theoretician of the communist party in Italy. See #Understanding the Culture War on the point.

Hegel also wrote about thesis, antithesis and synthesis. The plain English of it is:- Encourage the left [ thesis ] and right [ anti-thesis ] to fight each other then take over what remains [ synthesis ] when they have worn each other out. This is being applied throughout civilization now.

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel ex Wiki
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel ( 1770 – 1831) was a German philosopher, one of the creators of German Idealism. His historicist and idealist account of the total reality as a whole revolutionized European philosophy and was an important precursor to continental philosophy and Marxism.............

Twentieth-century interpretations of Hegel were mostly shaped by British Idealism, logical positivism, Marxism, and Fascism. The Italian Fascist Giovanni Gentile, according to Benedetto Croce, "...holds the honour of having been the most rigorous neo-Hegelian in the entire history of Western philosophy and the dishonour of having been the official philosopher of Fascism in Italy." However, since the fall of the USSR, a new wave of Hegel scholarship arose in the West, without the preconceptions of the prior schools of thought.

In previous modern accounts of Hegelianism (to undergraduate classes, for example), especially those formed prior to the Hegel renaissance, Hegel's dialectic was most often characterized as a three-step process, "thesis, antithesis, synthesis"; namely, that a "thesis" (e.g. the French Revolution) would cause the creation of its "antithesis" (e.g. the Reign of Terror that followed), and would eventually result in a "synthesis" (e.g. the Constitutional state of free citizens). However, Hegel used this classification only once, and he attributed the terminology to Immanuel Kant. The terminology was largely developed earlier by Johann Fichte. It was spread by Heinrich Moritz Chalybäus in a popular account of Hegelian philosophy, and since then the misfit terms have stuck[citation needed]. What is wrong with the "thesis-antithesis-synthesis" approach is that it gives the sense that things or ideas are contradicted or opposed by things that come from outside them. To the contrary, the fundamental notion of Hegel's dialectic is that things or ideas have internal contradictions. From Hegel's point of view, analysis or comprehension of a thing or idea reveals that underneath its apparently simple identity or unity is an underlying inner contradiction. This contradiction leads to the dissolution of the thing or idea in the simple form in which it presented itself and to a higher-level, more complex thing or idea that more adequately incorporates the contradiction. The triadic form that appears in many places in Hegel (e.g. being-nothingness-becoming, immediate-mediate-concrete, abstract-negative-concrete) is about this movement from inner contradiction to higher-level integration or unification..
He is a dismal rogue. Fathering Marxism & Nazism is a rather special double, not one to be proud of. But then the man was a Hun. The Wiki is being evasive about his views


Master - Slave Dialectic ex Wiki
The Master-Slave Dialectic (Herrschaft und Knechtschaft in German; also translated Lordship and Bondage) is a famous passage of Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit. It is widely considered a key element in Hegel's philosophical system, and has heavily influenced many subsequent philosophers [ such as Marx ]. It describes, in narrative form, the encounter between two self-conscious beings, who engage in a "struggle to the death" before one enslaves the other, only to find that this does not give him the control over the world he had sought.
This is obscurantist drivel. It is more or less what the Nazis were talking about with Übermenschen [ supermen and Untermenschen and [ subhumans ]. Of course it is also what Zionist crazies practice in Israel.


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