October 24th, 2008
Schlossberg’s chapter on politics (where I got my title), describes how many thinkers, especially from the intellectual line of Hegel and Marx view the state as the “savior” for mankind. Here’s one quote by Hegel that sums up this position:
“We must therefore worship the State as the manifestation of the Divine of earth, and consider that, if it is difficult to comprehend Nature, it is harder to grasp the Essence of the State…the State is the march of God through the world…”
A goal of mine for this blog is to combat this notion that the state is where we find our sustenance, security, and identity. Think these ideas died out with communism? With all of this talk about “Hope” and putting our “Country First,” it seems I have my work cut out for me.