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ESTAY SEPULVEDA, Juan Guillermo et al. Popper’s Liberaslim: more necessary tan never. Logos [online]. 2018, vol.28, n.1, pp.54-64. ISSN 0716-7520.

Undoubtedly, democracy is in constant danger. The Athenian creation-later taken by the Latin American countries in the political-administrative figure of the Republic- has demonstrated not to be the best government model, but (yes, a great but), the less evil, as expressed by an English politician when he saw that his empire era was coming to an end. And one of those defenders was the critical acid of the Vienna Circle and contemporary philosopher Karl Popper, who lived on his own flesh the mistakes of democracy and the horrors of totalitarianism. Popper, defender of democracy to the limit, who even within his writings we can appreciate the paradoxes he sees in this, will not hesitate when the system of government of the people, for the people and the people, fall into the temptation to choose the dictatorship. For this, the philosopher tells us, democracy must create mechanisms so that this does not happen and we do not have a popular election that takes a demagogue and criminal to power, as was Hitler’s Germany. The thinking of the critical philosopher of historicism is liberal. An English liberalism and not as we understand it and we live in several States of America, where people is economic liberal and conservative in the ideas. No, Popper is liberal. A true liberal.

Keywords : Democracy; Liberalism; Popper; Open Society; State.

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