So long, G.W.F. Hegel!
It's time to dump Hegel. To be done with a search for secret keys, overarching Meaning, the Spirit of Things and History, and special knowledge.
The work which faces us doesn't require a vanguard party. It does not need obedience to a doctrine, or the direction of professional revolutionaries who believe themselves armed with the secrets of an embodied and personified History, or the universe, or the mystical unfolding of dialectic processes.
That doesn't mean we should stop organizing.
It's just that we should probably not be - we leftists - so bourgeois, meritocratic, university educated and ruling class about it.
The working class, the colonized, the oppressed, the alienated and the poor don't need theories conjured up in academic discussions, in the coffee houses which line the well paved streets of upper class neighborhoods. They don't need special vocabularies and essays on superstructure, intersectionality and sociocultural meta-meta critique.
They need the bosses done with, the cops stripped of their weapons, the jailhouses broken and soldiers deprived of wars to fight for capital and Capitols.
If you - if we - aren't willing to do that, it's time to admit what side you're actually on...
'Tis a consummation devoutly to be wished. Amen to no vanguard party. That's been tried with outcomes that are, to say the least, regrettable. Ditto professional revolutionaries. Yes to more organizing, heck, of almost any sort ("social capital"). On the other hand, what was accomplished in Egypt, ten to one, involved a lot of coffee. Special vocabularies, too; slogans, at least. Training. Study. Those are all meta. But it behooves us to get out from beyond our keyboards, every day, if only in the smallest ways first. Spring!
NOTE * In my university town, the adjuncts have a worse deal than the classified personnel. Yet they think of themselves as somehow.... not working class. It's very odd.