Saturday, October 6, 2012

"Bombastic and Hysterical Platonism"

    The State is the Divine Idea as it exists on earth ... We must therefore worship the State as the manifestation of the Divine on earth ... The State is the march of God through the world ... The State must be comprehended as an organism ... To the complete State belongs, essentially, consciousness and thought. The State knows what it wills ... The State ... exists for its own sake ... The State is the actually existing, realized moral life.
Thus rightly characterized Karl Popper the above rant Murray Rothbard debunks here — Hegel: The State as God's Will.

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Blogger Steve Hayes said...

I still like G.B. Caird's commentary on Revelation 13:1-10:

"But it must not be thought that John is writing off all civil
government as an invention of the Devil. Whatever Satan may
claim, the truth is that 'the Most High controls the
sovereignty of the world and gives it to whom he wills' (Dan
iv. 17). In the war between God and Satan, between good and
evil, the state is one of the defences established by God to
contain the powers of evil within bounds, part of the order
which God the Creator had established in the midst of chaos
(cf. Rom xiii. 1-7). But when men worship the state, according
to it the absolute loyalty and obedience that are due not to
Caesar but to God, then the state goes over to the Enemy. What
Satan calls from the abyss is not government, but that abuse of government, the omnicompetent state. It is thus misleading to say that the monster is Rome, for it is both more and less: more, because Rome is only its latest embodiment; and less, because Rome is also, even among all the corruptions of idolatry, 'God's agent of punishment, for retribution on the offender' (Rom. 13. iv)."

October 9, 2012 at 2:49 AM  

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