Liberty Forged

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“The destruction of culture is Progress”

Posted by Jesse on December 5, 2008

Wow. Personally, I’m appalled.

I tried to explain, but I just don’t know how else to say it at this point.

Maybe it’s time for a nice deductive rebuttal.


I have found an author (Gregory Johnson) who has phrased the objections I posed in a more definite, but similar, manner:

The strength of Hegel’s dialectic is that it is based on the insight that we learn from our mistakes. Dialectic is a process by which we test the adequacy of our concepts by thinking them through in
concrete contexts, causing them to yield up their contradictions and ambiguities and encouraging us to come up with more adequate – that is to say, more coherent – concepts. The weakness of Hegel’s dialectic, especially as it has been appropriated by Marxists, is that it can be mistaken for an abstract method or recipe which can be detached from the concrete, historical and empirical investigations that it depends upon and turned into a perverse sort of irrational “rationalism” in which the dialectician “deduces” social phenomena and historical processes through “negating” their antecedents.

Of course there are many other individuals who may also take issue with such nonsense, but a broader analysis in related material can be found in Mises work: Economics and the Revolt Against Reason

Geist, the mythical prime mover, operates according to a definite plan. He leads mankind through various preliminary stages to the final bliss of socialism. Every stage is the product of a certain state of technology; all its other characteristics are the necessary ideological superstructure of this technological state. Geist causes man to bring about in due time the technological ideas adequate to the stage in which he lives, and to realize them. All the rest is an outgrowth of the state of technology. The hand-mill made feudal society; the steam-mill made capitalism.[9] Human will and reason play only an ancillary role in these changes. The inexorable law of historical development forces men-independently of their wills-to think and to behave according to the patterns corresponding to the material basis of their age. Men fool themselves in believing that they are free to choose between various ideas and between what they call truth and error. They themselves do not think; it is historical providence that manifests itself in their thoughts.

This quote reaffirms my conclusion, an obvious one indeed, that this hegelian dialect is fatalistic to its core. The only aspect of human civilization that is served and can lay claim to “progress” under such assumptions are institutions and organizations that carry in its life-blood, the nature of the state.


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