Sam Ghandchiسام قندچي IRI's Misunderstanding of Trump and Western Democracies
Sam Ghandchi
درک غلط جمهوری اسلامی از ترامپ و دموکراسی های غربی




Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) considered Donald Trump's ascent to power as an opportunity to expand its presence in the Middle East because of the infightings within the U.S. leadership and Western democracies.  It is true that in dictatorships, the start of infighting at the top, is their end, but that is not true for democracies, because plurlalism is their foundation (1), upon which they thrive, and in fact, US democracy has shown its resilience and flourished the best during a year and a half of Donald Trump's presidency (2). Actually misunderstanding the Western democracies is not particular to the Islamists of our times. Eric Hoffer in 1951 explains this reality in his book entitled "The True Believer"  as follows:


"... Dostoyevsky puts the following words in Bishop Tihon's mouth: Outright atheism is more to be respected than worldly indifference ... the complete atheist stands on the penultimate step to most perfect faith, but the indifferent person has no faith whatever except a bad fear.".. "All the true believers [fanatics] of our time - whether Communist, Nazi, Fascist, Japanese or Catholic - declaimed volubly (and the Communists still do) [i.e. in 1951] on the decadence of the Western democracies. The burden of their talk is that in the democracies people are too soft, too pleasure-loving and too selfish to die for a nation, a God or a holy cause. This lack of a readiness to die, we are told, is indicative of an inner rot - a moral and biological decay. The democracies are old, corrupt and decadent. They are no match for the virile congregations of the faithful who are about to inherit the Earth" (3).


Hoping for a democratic and secular futurist republic in Iran,


Sam Ghandchi

April 9, 2018




1. Academic Essays on Secular and Futurist Pluralism

چند رساله آکادمیک در باب پلورالیسمِ سکولار و آینده نگر


2. In Trump's First Year, US Democracy Proved again to be Resilient
در سال اول ترامپ، دموکراسی آمریکا استقامت خود را دوباره ثابت کرد


3. Eric Hoffer, The True Believer, P.147



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