"How could we arrest scientific and industrial progress?
By closing down, or by controlling, laboratories for research, by
suppressing or controlling scientific periodicals . . ., by
suppressing Universities . . . , by suppressing books, the
printing press, writing, and, in the end, speaking."1a
The Open Society
and Its Enemies.
"In our own time, Hegel's hysterical historicism is still the
fertilizer to which modern totalitarianism owes its
rapid growth. . .
Thus the formula of the fascist brew is in all countries
the same: Hegel plus a dash of nineteenth-century materialism (especially
Darwinism . . . )."2a
"Money . . . becomes dangerous only if it can buy
power, either directly, or by enslaving the economically
weak who must sell themselves in order to live."2b
" . . . [T]he history of power politics is nothing but the
history of international crime and mass murder . . .
that a statement is true may sometimes help to explain why it
appears to us as self-evident. This is the case with '2+2=4' .
. . But the opposite is clearly not the case. The fact that
a sentence appears to some or even to all of us to be 'self-evident' . . . is
no reason why it should be true."1d
Italics in the original.
R. Popper (1902-1994). The Poverty of Historicism.
Karl Raimund Popper, 1957, 1960, 1961. London, UK: Routledge,
a The Institutional Theory of Progress, at 154.
The Open Society and Its Enemies.
Volume II: The High Tide
of Prophecy: Hegel, Marx, and the Aftermath. Fifth ed. (revised). Karl
Raimund Popper, 1962, 1966. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University
a Hegel and the New Tribalism, at 59 and 61.
b The Legal and the Social System, at 128.
c Has History Any Meaning?, at 270.
d Chapter 11: The Aristotelian Roots of
Hegelianism, Note 42, at 291.