…what is real freedom to Hegel? “It must further be understood that all the worth which the human being possesses—all spiritual reality, he possesses only through the State.” … The consequence of this, morally, is that the individual is of less significance than the state. The individual’s empirical, day-to-day interests are of a lower moral order than the state’s universal, world-historical interests. … “this final end has supreme right against the individual, whose supreme duty is to be a member of the state.” … “One must worship the state as a terrestrial divinity.”

— Stephen R. C. Hicks, Explaining Postmodernism