a society that allows its members considerable freedom (as in a democracy)
"America's open society has made it an easy target for terrorists"
The open society is a concept originally suggested in 1932 by the French philosopher Henri Bergson, and developed during World War Two by Austrian and British philosopher Karl Popper. Popper saw the open society as standing on a historical continuum reaching from the organic, tribal or closed society, through the open society marked by a critical attitude to tradition, up to the abstract or depersonalised society lacking all face-to-face transactions. For its advocates, government in the open society is purported to be responsive and tolerant, and political mechanisms are said to be transparent and flexible.
The numerical value of open society in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of open society in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
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Maybe it has been hard for us to accept that there are in our open society, right in our midst, people - Swedish citizens - who sympathise with the murderers in ISIL.
We are a democracy. We don't have fences around our airspace, so we've got to find the right balance between living in a free and open society, and security and the protection of federal buildings.
Sweden has probably been naive, maybe it has been hard for us to accept that there are in our open society, right in our midst, people - Swedish citizens - who sympathise with the murderers in ISIL.
The American male at the peak of his physical powers and appetites, driving 160 big white horses across the scenes of an increasingly open society, with weekend money in his pocket and with little prior exposure to trouble and tragedy, personifies an accident going to happen.
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