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Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel – Father of socialism

Classless

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.[33] 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.[citation needed]

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.

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A lawyer, thinker, author, Linux/Ubuntu power user but often an economist or gardener or philosopher or cook or photographer depending upon the current thought and environment. View all posts by Sandeep Bhalla

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