The Open Society and its Enemies

Ranked #44 in Libertarianism, Ranked #55 in Liberalismsee more rankings.

One of the most important books of the twentieth century, Karl Popper's The Open Society and Its Enemies is an uncompromising defense of liberal democracy and a powerful attack on the intellectual origins of totalitarianism. Popper was born in 1902 to a Viennese family of Jewish origin. He taught in Austria until 1937, when he emigrated to New Zealand in anticipation of the Nazi annexation of Austria the following year, and he settled in England in 1949. Before the annexation, Popper had written mainly about the philosophy of science, but from 1938 until the end of the Second World War... more

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali One of the biggest lessons for me from this book is that so many bad ideas that lead to authoritarian consequences begin with good intentions. (Source)

Kurt Barling This book helped me to think in a different way, gave me a strategy of looking for an alternative narrative in society. (Source)

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