chapter  10
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What use is Popper to a practical politician?

ByBRYAN MAGEE

Some years acquire symbolic status, and one such year is 1968. All over Europe and the United States university students exploded into violent rebellion. Insofar as this would-be revolution had an ideology it was unquestionably Marx-inspired, even if the Marxism was not always orthodox. It so happens that in the years 1970-1971 I was teaching philosophy at Balliol College, Oxford. And because of Oxford University’s system, almost unique, of individual tuition for undergraduates, this meant I found myself in a continuing one-to-one relationship with bright students who were in the throes of revolutionary fervor.