Logic versus the mechanics of logic?
From Section II of Part III of The Roman World:
The transcript is using the original's confluence of a chimney or flue (Esse) to the nothingness (Nichts) that results in one's emergence (Werden) as an effectual power base and compares it to the way in which its predominence (in this case the Roman Republic's) is devolving and will effectively result in a lack of existence....

Ironically enough (or perhaps not) it reflects on the way that all empires have fallen ever since, and it is likely that we are still acting as such today. Hegel's 'Wissenschaft de Logik' is a palpable mechanism, and can display the communal nature of the periods that preceded the inner strife and increasingly imperious condition of the so-called Republic that followed them. As such, it would seem that the purer, and less compulsory form of logic is more reliable as means unity and strength. A nation that has bred a hierarchical contempt for its contemporaries and constitution will be prey to the self-inflicted disunity that leads to defeat.

To quote Hegel outside of this particular work: 'When philosophy paints grey in grey, a form of life has become old, and this grey in grey cannot rejuvenate it, only understand it. The owl of Minerva begins its flight when dusk is falling.'

Minerva is the Roman goddess of wisdom, the arts, crafts, poetry, the pipe and war.