National Reformation Radio

The Idea of the State

December 8, 2019

Written by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

Narrated by Joshua Noyer

"The perpetually recurring misapprehension of Freedom consists in regarding that term only in its formal, subjective sense, abstracted from its essential objects and aims; thus a constraint put upon impulse, desire, passion — pertaining to the particular individual as such — a limitation of caprice and self-will is regarded as a fettering of Freedom. We should on the contrary look upon such limitation as the indispensable proviso of emancipation. Society and the State are the very conditions in which Freedom is realized."

The Philosophy of History by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel With Prefaces by Charles Hegel and the Translator, J. Sibree, Copyright 1899 by The Colonial Press, pp. 40-42