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Plato and Totalitarianism

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"Before proceeding to Plato's sociology and to the use he made of his methodological essentialism in that field, I wish to make it quite clear that I am confining my treatment of Plato to his historicism, and to his 'best state'. I must therefore warn the reader not to expect a representation of Plato's philosophy, or what may be called a 'fair and just' treatment of Platonism. My attitude towards historicism is one of frank hostility, based upon the conviction that historicism is futile, and worse than that. My survey of the historicist features of Platonism in therefore strongly critical. Although I admire much is Plato's philosophy, far beyond those parts which I believe to be Socratic, I do not take it as my task to add to the countless tributes to his genius. I am, rather, bent on destroying what is in my opinions mischievous in this philosophy. It is the totalitarian tendency of Plato's political philosophy which I shall try to analyse, and to criticize."

from: "The Open Society and Its Enemies Volume 1: The Spell of Plato" by Karl Popper.

One of Popper's disciples: Soros

See: Why Mussolini's favorite book was Plato's ''Republic''?


Sources:

The Open Society and Its Enemies at en.wikipedia.org
Ideology and Philosophy Foundations for White Nationalism: The Socratic/LaRouche Method's appeal to the Nazi White supremacists, at stormfront.org, the largest and most popular white supremacist forum on the Internet

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