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Historial things, Literature and Poetry

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Historical Stuff


  • Extracts from "The Open Society and its Enemies vol 1: The Spell of Plato" by Karl Raimund Popper (Originally written from 1938 to 1943.Published in book form 1945)

    (On the teachings of Plato vs that of Socrates)
    "What a monument of human smallness is this idea of the philosopher king. What a contrast between it and the simplicity of humaneness of Socrates, who warned the statesmen against the danger of being dazzled by his own power, excellence, and wisdom, and who tried to teach him what matters most - that we are all frail human beings. What a decline from this world of irony and reason and truthfulness down to Plato's kingdom of the sage whose magical powers raise him high above ordinary men; although not quite high enough to forgo the use of lies, or to neglect the sorry trade of every shaman - the selling of spells, of breeding spells, in exchange for power over his fellow-men."

  • Extracts from the "The Open Society and Its Enemies Volume 2: Hegel and Marx" by Karl Raimund Popper (Originally published 1945)
    "Bertrand Russell described this study, with its companion volume on Plato, as ' a work of first-class importance which ought to be widely read for its masterly criticism of the enemies of democracy, ancient and modern. His (Popper's) attack on Plato, while unorthodox, is in my opinion thoroughly justified. His analysis of Hegel is deadly. Marx is dissected with equal acumen, and given his due share of responsibility for modern misfortunes. The book is a vigorous and profound defence of democracy, timely, very interesting, and very well written."

  • Extracts from the "The Poverty of Historicism" by Karl Raimund Popper (Originally published in book form 1957)
    "In memory of the countless men and women of all creeds or nations or races who fell victims to the fascist and communist belief in Inexorable Laws of Historical Destiny"



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