96 HARPER evidence. His political ideas are all of a piece with his views about the growth of knowledge: Both [The Poverty of Historicism and The Open Society and its Enemies] grew out of the theory of knowledge of Logik der Forschung and out of my conviction that our often unconscious views on the theory of knowledge and its central problems (‘What can we know?’, ‘How certain is our knowledge?’) are decisive for our attitude towards ourselves and towards politics (Popper, 1982, p. 115). In particular, Popper says that the distinguishing feature of a good system of government is that it should be open to criticism. No system is capable of doing everything right, so no system should have too much power. Such a view led him to reformulate the central problem of political theory: In The Open Society and its Enemies I suggested that an entirely new problem should be recognised as the fundamental problem of a rational political theory. The new problem, as distinct from the old ‘Who should rule?’, can be formulated as follows: how is the state to be constituted so that bad rulers can be got rid of without bloodshed, without violence? (Popper, 1988,
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