The First Authoritarian

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Is Plato authoritarian? Karl Popper thinks so, calling him the first influential authoritarian thinker. In his book, The Open Society and Its Enemies, he dissected Plato’s blueprint of an ideal city, calling out how many of its elements reeked of a “dictatorship of philosopher-kings” that suppressed free thinking and imposed a rigid caste system. Plato’s ideal city was heavily socially stratified with a strict division of labour and state censorship. Popper pins Plato as antidemocratic, opposed to the democracy that Athens was embracing in his time. Read full article here

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