OPEN SOCIETY AND ITS ENEMIES
AAA posted the following news item:
"And an editorial in the Islamic hardline daily, Qods, blamed the intelligence agency for talking too much in revealing its shortcomings, saying, ‘The Ministry of Information could have informed higher officials instead of informing the people.’ ”
The above statement of Qods shows,
those who want to kill the slightest advancement of
This is the same Qods hardliner
daily that has never missed time to ridicule the U.S, for the Monica Lewinsky
affair. But if what Qods is suggesting above, was
done in the
As we all know, there have been many similar allegations like those of Monica Lewinsky against the Shah, Saddam Hussein and many other rulers in despotic states, and mostly the "Monica's" of those countries have either ended up dead somewhere in the dumps, or disappeared in a different way, and such individuals never have been able to cause any of those rulers to go thru anything like an impeachment or dethroning.
One may think that closed societies are the winners, as there is nothing ever to prove wrongdoings of their officials, whereas the open societies look as if real clowns are running their executive, judicial, and legislative bodies. But in reality, this "perfect" facade of despotic regimes is not hidden from the people and only the officials of closed societies are like the ostrich that have their head in the sand.
Democracies like the
I remember Karl Popper's book "Open Society and Its
Enemies", which he wrote during the era of fasicism
Systems like the Stalin's Soviet system that always claimed to be superior to the Western democracies, knew it well, both themselves and the people living under them, that they could never claim to be "open" societies and that all their "news" was bunch of lies.
The purges of 1938 in
I hope one day we can take pride in
I think views like the above are the voice of the ones, who are enemies of Open Society, even in its minutest degree, and their criticism of the West, is not because of their opposition to colonialism, but it is because of their opposition to an Open Society.
I think wanting
We have seen in history that the excuse of being surrounded by imperialists has been used by all kinds of forces to justify keeping various countries as closed societies, and such excuse can be used by both opponents and supporters of IRI, the ones who do not care for an open society.
I think one should ask pro-IRI groups, such as Qods or the Participation Party, as well as the anti-IRI forces, such as MKO or the Monarchists, as to whether they are for an Open Society or they are its Enemy?
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