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Very important, yet ignored book,
This review is from: The Open Society and Its Enemies, Vol. 2: Hegel and Marx (Routledge Classics) (Paperback)
Obviously Popper is best known as a philosopher of science, and his political stuff is either looked down on or ignored by the more opaque philosophers of the left (whose work derives from Marx, one of Popper's 'enemies') and the right (who are probably closer to Plato). Popper is essentially arguing against teleology - that there is no purpose to history. If you think about it his argument is a lot more obvious than an argument that says that history is moving towards some kind of inexorable conclusion. Popper saw the consequences of that kind of idea close-up of course, in the destruction of European civilisation by two lots of teleological extremists - the Nazis and the Communists.
Should be read and understood by more people really - as a kind of vaccine against extremism.