Dr. James Lindsay is rapidly becoming one of the nation’s leading intellectuals. He has done what few people have done before him, namely, to examine leftism’s historical development critically. In a four-hour presentation on his podcast, New Discourses, he presented his findings. He identifies the German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831) as the grandfather of leftism and shows how his philosophy is the operative system of the left, even today.
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
The Enlightenment barely managed to produce its only political child – the United States – before it was killed by the Anti-Enlightenment, which German philosophers dominated. The lodestar of this movement was Hegel.
He was a mystic in the tradition of the Greek philosopher Plato. Plato believed in perfect supernatural ideas living in idea heaven. He thought that specially gifted philosophers could access these ideas through revelation, and he, therefore, outlined a perfect communistic dictatorship ruled by philosopher-kings in his book The Republic.
Hegel added to this viewpoint the idea of God being in a constant process of discovering himself through the process of history. Once God becomes perfectly self-aware, history ends.
The process by which God manifests himself in the world is by a triad called the dialectic. One model of society manifests itself as a thesis, and counterforces produce a revolution – antithesis. When the dust se...