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Meeting a White Mennonite

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I am in total agreement: you may believe in the goodness of God despite the evidence, for that constitutes religious faith - goodness is "evidence-transcendent". For all we know, it may ultimately turn out that God is good.

But the goodness of democracy must be based on the evidence only - along with its rationality. The voter has been elevated to the level of an infallible demigod, when experiment after experiment by social psychologists have shown him or her to be thoroughly irrational.

But there's more. While for Schumpeter the "democracy = Christianity" thesis is evidence of irrationality, recent thinkers like Larry Siedentop and Nick Spencer affirm and glorify the equation.

They really put democracy beyond all rational enquiry, like Mrs. Norah Martin, the fundamentalist Mennonite Christian.

If she had spent a few minutes conferring with Fr. Banas on the use and abuse of students by the political parties, she would have got an earful. (For the big picture on democracy in Bangladesh, click here.)

Notre Dame College: no haven for student thugs
Notre Dame College: no haven for student thugs
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Had she listened, she would have learned how the priests have kept student thuggery out of campus (Notre Dame College motto: diligite lumen sapientiae), how they nearly left the country 45 years ago rather than allow student thugs to run amok, to the eternal gratitude of parents who, when warned by the padres, would immediately take their child out of politics, the boy quavering in his shoes and dumbstruck before the relieved father and mother.

But then, being a fundamentalist, she might just have stuck to her credo.

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Iftekhar Sayeed teaches English and economics. He was born and lives in Dhaka, "ŽBangladesh. He has contributed to AXIS OF LOGIC, ENTER TEXT, POSTCOLONIAL "ŽTEXT, LEFT CURVE, MOBIUS, ERBACCE, THE JOURNAL, and other publications. "ŽHe is also a (more...)
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