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Open Society Reforming Global Capitalism Reconsidered

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  156 ratings  ·  14 reviews
George Soros's The Crisis of Global Capitalism became an international bestseller and an instant classic; a must read for anyone concerned with the complex market forces that rule our global economy and create both prosperity and instability. Now, in Open Society, Soros takes a new and provocative look at the arguments he made in that book, incorporating the latest global ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published November 10th 2000 by PublicAffairs (first published November 9th 2000)
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Matthew Harbowy
Mar 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
Popper's Open Society and its Enemies is devoted to a crushing polemic against Platonism. Plato's Republic is described as a detailed defense of what Popper calls "Closed Society", which is taken to be totalitarian in all its forms.

Platonism is hard to summarize concisely, but roughly amounts to an ontology (that is, the study of reality) which is grounded in the concept of the "form", that of an idealized and unchanging entity which is the pure, unadulterated essence of all objects in reality.
Peter Rooijmans
We could probably leave the world safely in the hands of George Soros and Noam Chomsky, who between them have certainly the drive to make it a better place. Over the years Soros has become a prolific writer, and as he bases his philosophy on the idea of the open society, as described by Karl Popper. He certainly proves not a free market adept, but on the other hand suggests clear and accountable oversight mechanisms. Had we only listened to this advice 20 years ago!
He makes the point that econo
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Rare is the author who can channel Popper and make him relevant. Soros does that and more in his well-articulated thesis for open society. The policy recommendations are naturally a bit dated for a book published 15 years ago. But his theory is spot-on.

If nothing else, read the first and third chapters -- his theory of reflexivity explains his success as a hedge fund manager, and can easily be extrapolated to other areas of life as well.
Jaime Jimenez
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good to read but in my opinion the author misunderstands Popper, or maybe I do.

Popper didn't live in times of the internet, mass marketing and media and overpopulation.

The realization of this vision of Open Society within the current oligarchic framework of the world might as well lead to an almost irreversible autocracy.

As much as he has been vilified, it does not help not to know if Soros is a good man with too much power or a very twisted one with too much power.
Jul 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Ada dua kata kunci penting dalam buku 'Open Society: Reforming Global Caputalism'. Pertama, falibilitas sebagai doktrin epistemis. Kedua, refleksivitas sebagai doktrin metodologi.

Doktrin epistemis falibilitas memformulasikan pikiran tidak lebih dari dunia. Sederhananya, apa yang ada di pikiran manusia sesungguhnya tidak sebangun dengan dunia itu sendiri sebagai hal yang dipikirkan manusia. Falibilitas merupakan kemungkinan manusia untuk salah dalam memahami dunia melalui pikirannya.

Doktrin epi
Nick Black
Dec 05, 2007 rated it liked it
Pretty good ideas, advanced on a platform rigorous enough to require more economic awareness than I bring to the table to assess, but not rigorous enough to make me think it'd be worthwhile. Pretty much exactly the thing I'd write if I were a billionaire Hungarian financier aiming to become a billionaire Hungarian demagogue -- my hat's off to you, Mr. Soros! -- but regarding demagoguery, I've always felt that no matter one's ethnicity, the only winning move is not to play.

So it goes.
Ted Heitz
Mar 28, 2011 rated it did not like it
Clearly states his disdain for the US. Clearly has a track record in BKs. Why anyone would praise his "humanitarianism" is beyond me. The default of the true greater good is his profit motive...which he makes no qualms about. If you read only this Soros book and gave it high marks, you haven't done your homework.
Aug 15, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: economists
George Sorros made one billion dollars in one weekend betting against the British pound. You DO have to listen to someone like that.
Oct 14, 2007 rated it really liked it
Soros is a great thinker.
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Karl Popper's disciple Soro on the Open Society. I found it very interesting.
Oct 08, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A learning from investor guru about his thinking, vision and about the way way he see the world... and how to make a better world from his perspective.
Jan 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
Soros has some decent ideas, and thankfully tempers them with a real humanitarianism. Let the economy serve the people.
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George Soros is a Hungarian-American financier, businessman and notable philanthropist focused on supporting liberal ideals and causes. He became known as "the Man Who Broke the Bank of England" after he made a reported $1 billion during the 1992 Black Wednesday UK currency crises. Soros correctly speculated that the British government would have to devalue the pound sterling.

Soros is Chairman of