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Armchair philosophers abound, they have no body of work, and typically have read little of those they criticize.  Grace Lee Boggs draws on Hegel to help make sense of Detroit, then and now.  This isn't about Hegel (dustbin or not).  It's about using the ideas of Hegel to help understand where Detroit has been, and where Detroit might go.  Read Hegel.  He is most certainly not to be found in the "dust bin" of history.  On the topic of "negation", read his Master/Slave dialectic: .  It is the "slave" who achieves "true" consciousness.  Detroit is becoming conscious.