“Liberalism conceives of freedom as the absence of constraint, but Hagel’s definition is more expansive. And, of course, the state is a necessary condition for it.
Hegel’s notion of freedom arrogates to the state the prerogative of God, “whose service is perfect freedom,” in the familiar phrase from the Anglican Book of Common Prayer. For Hegel, this would not be an objection. He says that the state is the “march of God in the world.” Somehow, I doubt it.”
(Liberalism by the author of the post here is classical liberalism, not the changed meaning of today. Richard Duke)