Hi Political Animals -
It's that time again - we are skipping over a meetup in December, so the next one will be at the Savoy Tavern on Jan 10th.
Last time we agreed we would read Karl Popper and Friedrich Hayek - the Hayek essay "The Use of Knowledge in Society" is available here online:
We were also interested in reading Popper's critique of Plato's political philosophy, which is in "The Open Society and Its Enemies", vol.1.
I suggest we focus on the section called "Plato's Political Programme", topped up with the section called "Plato's Theory of Forms or Ideas" if you have time. It should be around 100 pages at most, and the Hayek essay is short.
Popper argues in favour of political liberalism and Hayek in favour of economic liberalism - with the financial crisis and the rise of China, are we seeing the limitations of both of those models? That's one issue we could discuss.
The Popper book is available from Amazon and public libraries. Looking forward to seeing you all in the New Year!