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Sir Karl Popper
1902 - 1994

Austrian-British philosopher, author of The Open Society and its Enemies, from Plato to Marx and The Logic of Scientific Discovery


... the morality of states (if there is any such thing) tends to be considerably lower than that of the average citizen, so that it is much more desirable that the morality of the state should be controlled by the citizens than the opposite. What we need and what we want is to moralize politics, and not to politicize morals.

1943 - from The Open Society and Its Enemies
We must plan for freedom, and not only for security, if for no other reason than that only freedom can make security secure.

1943 - from The Open Society and Its Enemies
...we do not say the majority vote will always be right. We do not even say that it will usually be right. We say only that this very imperfect procedure is the best so far invented.