"The criticism of religion is the premise of all criticism." --Hegel, in Contribution to the Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right, 1844 I remember this section quoted below of Hegel’s famous work “The Phenomenology of Spirit,” (1807)”(pdf.) after reading Paul Tillich’s historical tracking Nazi fascism back to an alliance between conservative and revolutionary political romanticism. He traces conservative and political romanticism back to two religions: vegetative and animal religions. Hegel writes of plant and animal religions in ancient times that lead to religious pantheism and cults of origin: "b. Plant and animal 689. Self-conscious Spirit that has withdrawn into itself from the shapeless essence, or has raised its immediacy to self in general, determines its unitary nature as a manifoldness of being -for-self, and is the religion of spiritual perception. In this it falls apart into the numberless multiplicity of weaker and stronger, richer and poorer Spirits. This pantheism which, to begin with, is the passive subsistence of these spiritual atoms develops into a hostile movement within itself. The innocence of the flower religion, which is merely the self-less idea of self, gives place to the earnestness of warring life, to the guilt of animal religions; the passivity and impotence of contemplative individuality pass into destructive being-for-self (Phenomenology of Spirit, trans. A.V. Miller, 1977; p. 420; para. 689; pdf. p. 456; original italics)." (See, Dr. Sadler’s excellent comprehensive lectures on this paragraph; Half Hour Hegel: Phenomenology of Spirit (Plant and Animal, 689-690). In Tillich’s historical analysis of the cults of origin joining forces to re-establish feudalistic capitalism when the capitalists (bourgeois property class) rejects liberal democracy and seeks instead alliance with prebourgeois feudalism i.e., the revolutionary political romanticism of the cult of blood and soil. And notice that Tillich mentions “inflation” as one of the weapons of the capitalist against the proletarian (property less class) during economic and political crises. I think Tillich’s summary below pretty much describes America’s current political situation as the fascists take control of the Republican, and (to some degree) the Democratic parties: "Thus socialism has shifted from the liberal to the democratic element of the bourgeois principle. But now it falls into the same difficulties as did the bourgeoisie when its liberal foundations were shaken. If the liberal element is excluded, democracy is compelled to support itself by reaching back to the prebourgeois feudal powers… The possibility of gaining majority support for socialism is thwarted, however, by the reality of class rule. Bourgeois class rule is based on the alliance of the bourgeoisie with prebourgeois groups. Over against this combination, the numerical limitations of the industrial proletariat make the attainment of a socialist majority to all intents and purposes impossible. The political, financial, and intellectual resources that the powers of capitalism have at their disposal hinder the enlightenment and education of the nonproletarian masses along socialist lines. If the domination of bourgeois society is successfully shaken, however, by virtue of political catastrophes (defeat in war, economic crises), it has other means to counteract the effects of socialist influence: the economic undermining of the power of governments influenced by socialism (inflation); the applying of pressure by other states (capitalistic wars of intervention); the pitting of military against civil authority (the coup de main against Prussia*); the quiet opposition of the middle and lower levels of the civil service (which stem, for the most part, from prebourgeois groups); but above all, the employment of the idea of the nation to strengthen all the powers related to the origin that have been co-opted by the bourgeoisie, even when this tactic results in the support of an apparently antibourgeois, revolutionary movement (National Socialism)[Nazism]. In the face of the split between classes, the democratic belief in harmony as held by the bourgeoisie is shattered; in the face of bourgeois class rule, the democratic belief in harmony as held by socialism collapses (SD, p. 59)." So in one way or another it looks like religion is at the core of all these political struggles.