In a recent interview for Der Spiegel (2014 10 23), a recruiter for ISIS faithfully recited the world-wide dogma: “Democracy is for those without Faith.” Speaking anonymously, no pictures allowed, face covered with a heavy beard (no bare-faced lies here), he bravely proclaimed what so many believers in the Ayn Rands of this world, in the way of capitalism, and in God the Clockmaker, secretly would love to profess: the “will of the people” is a blasphemy! The true believer only knows the will of God.
Yes, “Blessed are they that have not seen and yet have believed” (King James), or better still “Happy are those who don’t see and yet believe” (CEB), more in line with the recent emphasis on “Republicans are happy people” (Christians have always been blissfully happy, especially when killing each other in the name of love and the infidels for the Glory of God).
Why would anyone trust in democracy? Please! Even on the dollar bill it does not say “in democracy we trust” but “in God we trust.” Can you imagine a capitalist economy based on the fully informed will of the people? Talk about breaking the bank!
The Seniors in our University Honors and Leadership program (UHL (believe in what is not spelled out)), most of them being pre-med, recently wrote essays on the question: should we entrust future biomedical advances to public debates and rely on democratic decision making?Practically down to the last man and woman, they declared that this is something to be left to the experts, even though they readily agreed that biomedical advances (not to be confused with making advances toward patients) will have significant long-term effects on our society, pregnant as it is already with the seeds of expert intelligence.
None of these soon-to-be Lords of Health students even hinted at the possibility that one may instead want to vastly improve our education systems, counteracting the cutbacks imposed, in good faith, by mostly Republican believers in only a song and a prayer for the masses. Even when I quoted Jefferson’s proposal that a democracy is only as good as its education system, they thought their fellow citizens largely incapable of knowing what they, the future medical students, did not yet know and would soon forget, once they donned their White Coat cum Stethoscope (the medical equivalent of all “you can trust me” uniforms.)
Interestingly enough, there is again a debate in the European Union about the obvious ways in which the bureaucratic masters in Brussels have fairly removed themselves from the will of the people and intend to do so more and more. Hopefully, they too will sing with God’s people everywhere: “Democracy is for the Infidels.” Thus the faithful, the bureaucrats, the Neo-Cons, the doctors, the strategically covered women, and anonymous bearded faces will all come together, joined by the endless masses of the duped, to praise the Lord of Ignorance.