6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A great work, but censored in modern editions,
This review is from: The Open Society and Its Enemies, Vol. 2: Hegel and Marx (Routledge Classics) (Paperback)
This is a classic work of political liberalism, and an important critique of the variant of Marxism practised in the Cold War Eastern Bloc. It has a number of worthwhile critiques of the entire "historicist" project of Hegel, which would apply just as well to modern Hegelians such as Fukuyama.
However, like the Bible in medieval states, and the works of Marx in the old USSR, the powers that be cannot allow sacred texts to remain as they were originally penned: as too often they contradict current practice. Popper's robust defence of the welfare state and state intervention in the market economy is sadly excised from most modern editions. At least, unlike the ancient monks and the USSR apparatchiks, the editors have had the decency to put in elipsis (...) where this this has been done.