Georg W. F. Hegel represents a different philosophy from that of the reactionaries the authors have discussed so far. He polemicized against the conservatives of the French type. Hegel assailed the old feudal order in the name of liberty, reason, and rights. Herbert Marcuse's interpretation of Hegel highlights the significance of his notion of the degeneration of society into the rich and the poor. Hegel thought that the world of social practice was the realization of ideal forms, but the institution of those forms can be ruthlessly pursued. Hegel was therefore acutely sensitive to the empirical developments of the nineteenth century. Hegel was concerned for everyone in the community in an effort to rescue people from the unregulated functioning of competition. In the tradition of Rousseau and Burke, Hegel defines freedom in terms of the exercise of rational will as opposed to the particularity of mere interest; outside coercion functions as the means of liberty.