Sam Ghandchiسام قندچي Why Secular Democracy is not enough and Futurism is needed

Sam Ghandchi

چرا سکولار دموکراسی کافی نیست و آینده نگری لازم است




Eleven years ago it was discussed in details why secularism will determine the future of Iran rather than just the human rights demands which was the focus of opposition in the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc (1). Today one does not need to argue much to show the correctness of that analysis. But Secular Democracy is not enough and Futurism is also needed. Why? Because Secular Democracy was the best that Industrial Society could offer in the forms of Liberal Democracy and Social Democracy, and actually all Communist states were built upon a challenge to Secular Democracy by the Third International headed by Lenin, even before the 1917 Russian Revolution. What was finally the theoretical framework that challenged World Communism at the end of 20th Century was the Futurism of Post-Industrial Society best formulated by Daniel Bell (2), in his masterpiece: The Coming of Post-Industrial Society.  Even in Iran of today, we see leftists both working with different factions of the Islamic regime including the Islamic reformists, and also leftists in the Iranian secular opposition, who follow in the footsteps of the Third International. The challenge to what they propose cannot be offered solely by Secular Democracy and the caveat of post-industrial futurism is needed. This is why the Iranian Secular Democratic Party has a Futurist platform (3).  Finally I need to note that the futurism of Daniel Bell's Post-Industrial Society model, is now superseded in the 21st Century with the seminal work of Ray Kurzweil's Singularity (4).

Hoping for a democratic and secular futurist republic in Iran,


Sam Ghandchi
November 26, 2018



1. چرا سکولاريسم آينده ايران را رقم خواهد زد؟


2. Daniel Bell

دانیل بل


3. A Few Words about Iranian Secular Democratic Party-Futurist
چند کلمه درباره حزب سکولار دموکرات ایرانیان-آینده نگر


4. Ray Kurzweil

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