Popper on freedom

“We must plan for freedom, and not only for security, if for no other reason than only freedom can make security more secure.”

Karl Popper

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  • E Lin  On August 20, 2008 at 10:09 am

    I am doubtful of the truth of the statement. Popper said many things in science I have appreciated them very much. However Popper had not seen the changes in the world today how democracy has changed its definition, even USA, the UK and EU countries would not abide its historical definition. More freedom is more chaos in today’s globalized societies. More chaos is less security. This is why USA and others have tightened up freedom.

  • aristotlethegeek  On August 20, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    The statement is supposed to be from Vol 2, Ch. 21 “An Evaluation of the Prophecy” of his book – The Open Society and Its Enemies (according to wikiquote). And Google Book Search confirms it.

    I think we can say one thing about political philosophy – over the last two thousand and some odd years, philosophers have seen and commented on nearly everything and an Osama or a dirty bomb is surely not going to make them do a rethink of their positions. If more freedom equals more chaos, then it follows that zero freedom equals zero chaos. If that is the case, there is no reason for democracies to exist. Keeping everyone in prison is the way to go.

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