Hegel was the first philosopher who advocated classless society. It appears after him, his followers themselves are divided into several classes:
Some historians have spoken of Hegel’s influence as represented by two opposing camps. The Right Hegelians, the allegedly direct disciples of Hegel at the Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, advocated a Protestant orthodoxy and the political conservatism of the post-Napoleon Restoration period. The Left Hegelians, also known as the Young Hegelians, interpreted Hegel in a revolutionary sense, leading to an advocation of atheism in religion and liberal democracy in politics.
In more recent studies, however, this paradigm has been questioned. No Hegelians of the period ever referred to themselves as “Right Hegelians”; that was a term of insult originated by David Strauss, a self-styled Left Hegelian. Critiques of Hegel offered from the Left Hegelians radically diverted Hegel’s thinking into new directions and eventually came to form a disproportionately large part of the literature on and about Hegel.
The Left Hegelians also spawned Marxism, which inspired a global movement lasting more than 150 years, encompassing the Russian Revolution, the Chinese Revolution and even more national-liberation movements of the 20th century. Yet those movements are not a direct result of Hegel’s philosophy. (Source: Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.)
Karl Marks is said to be inspired by Hegel. In my opinion, Hegel dreamed of an Utopia which shall be classless. A society in which all shall be equal. Marx created a mechanism for achieving this objective, called communism. It is a different matter that, in the jest for greed of domination, Communist Party members became a superior class and power was never transferred to masses, as dreamed by Marx.
© Sandeep Bhalla