This book is a critique of totalitarianism and a defense of liberal democracy. The author argues against the concept of a perfect, immutable society, instead advocating for an "open society" that allows for constant change and improvement. He criticizes theories of historical determinism and the notion of "the collective", emphasizing the importance of individual freedom and human rights. The book also examines and challenges the philosophies of Plato, Hegel, and Marx, linking their ideas to the rise of fascism and communism in the 20th century.
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This book is on the following lists:
- 6th on The 100 Best Non-Fiction Books of the Century (National Review)
- 64th on The Modern Library | 100 Best Nonfiction (The Modern Library)
- The 100 Best Nonfiction Books of All Time (The Guardian)
- The Hundred Most Influential Books Since The War (WW2) (Central and East European Publishing Project)