What is the Open Society?

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“Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them… We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant. We should claim that any movement preaching intolerance places itself outside the law, and we should consider incitement to intolerance and persecution as criminal, in the same way as we should consider incitement to murder, or to kidnapping, or to the revival of the slave trade, as criminal.”

Karl Popper The Open Society and its Enemies (1945) Vol. 1, Notes to the Chapters: Ch. 7, Note 4

In the Beginning…

The open society was conceived in 1932 by French philosopher Henri Bergson:

2-sourcesBergson describes a closed society as…

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8 thoughts on “What is the Open Society?

  1. Oh boy. Thinking in circles like this is a good way to disappear down a rabbit hole. I think I would sum up my take away to Popper’s ideology is that moderation and extremism are not parts on a linear scale, but are actually a nodes in a vicious circle with extremism on either side of moderation inevitably consuming itself. :-0

    1. Maybe some of us are just observers, Linda. And then we disappear down a rabbit hole?
      For sure there is a circle of life and death. Until my circle closes, which may be quite soon, I am still observing and even somewhat participating. In a very small way of course, but does not every life matter a bit? 🙂

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