Interesting discussion

There’s an interesting discussion going on over on TeacherRefPoet‘s blog.

In my mind, it relates very directly to the post I made about Naomi Wolf’s book The End of America.

Democracy is about living with people who you find unpleasant, morally despicable, or who you otherwise think are “wrong.”  It’s easy to live with people who think like we do.  The very premise of democracy is that you have to live with people with whose views you fundamentally disagree.

I think this is a growing problem in our country. We are not alone. I see it in Israel too.  It’s about fundamentalism, whether of the Christian, Muslim, or Jewish flavor.  I would also throw fundamentalist capitalism into the mix as well –  this is driving the erosion of democracy in this country as much as fundamentalist Christianity.  It is all completely at odds with democracy.  And as the number of evangelical Christians is growing, as radical Islam, I am not sure what the solution to this problem is.   Are we destined to become a world filled with warring theocracies?


~ by realsupergirl on June 26, 2008.

One Response to “Interesting discussion”

  1. Are we destined for theocracy? I don’t know, but I am a firm believer that any dichotomous political or social confrontation is inherently going to become polarized and dominated by the radicals. The moderates in the middle are, because they’re moderate, not going to be as energetic or passionate about the issue, so the radicals will dominate the field. In addition, it’s to the radicals’ benefit to create that polarization – even if it’s a false dichotomy – since it forces people in the middle to take a side. How many times have we heard “You’re either with us or against us” coming out of the Bush Junta?

    Fundamentalism and radicalism thrives in a polarized environment where the opposition can be demonized. I think the key to preventing the rise of theocracy (or fascism) is to find some way to marginalize the radicals by introducing more sides and viewpoints – give the people in the middle an alternative to identifying with one of the two polar opposite camps. Force those who want to attain power to do so though building a coalition instead of tearing down the opposition.

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