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Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 199 of Karl Popper’s The Open Society and Its Enemies; here he’s talking about Plato:

He transfigured his hatred of individual initiative, and his wish to arrest all change, into a love of justice and temperance, of a heavenly state in which the crudity of money-grabbing is replaced by laws of generosity and friendship.  This dream of unity and beauty and perfection, this aestheticism and holism and collectivism, is the product as well as the symptom of the lost group spirit of tribalism.  It is the expression of, and an ardent appeal to, the sentiments of those who suffer from the strain of civilization.


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