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In short, only the might of a large and well-organised social group (properly directed by the right understanding of social reality) can bring about full human freedom. Indeed, organised social groups (not technology or economic systems) have been the driving force of social change; and they will bring the process of change —history itself—to completion. It is the process of class conflict which makes up the story of change. Change and conflict A Hegelian logic can be seen in Marx’s treatment of the pattern of social change.

We cannot excuse ourselves from the need to make a choice by arguing that science shows one value to be preferable to another, for science cannot do this. We have to make up our own minds: with which ‘Gods or Demons’, as Weber put it, to affiliate ourselves; which gods to worship; which leaders to follow; which causes to fight for. Such choice is a tragic aspect of human existence and surely a source of terrible conflicts within and between individuals. e. we have to choose our values, the things we treasure and strive for, from a range of possible and irreconcilable values, and must therefore make a decision to go one way rather than another and, having made it, live with its consequences.

For example, if we do not value knowledge for its own sake, then what would be the point of pursuing scholarship? ‘Value freedom’ as Weber understood it operates within the framework of accepted scientific values. He himself was not abashed in being politically active or in seeking to use scientific knowledge in the formation of social policy. He was concerned about the absence of decisive, heroic political leadership, leading some critics to see in his ideals a prefiguration of the kind of leadership Hitler would shortly offer the German people.

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