Big Ideas is a series of talks addressing some of humanity’s shared challenges and opportunities as we work to advance an emerging global civilization. This series brings together perspectives from the Baha'i writings with current research and experience as well as contemporary discourses on key issues of our time.
Friday, March 10, 2023, 7:30 EDT

"Moving past MAD: A Baha'i Perspective on Multiparty Adversarial Democracy" with Michael Sabet

An Multiparty Adversarial Democracy (MAD), the prevalent form of democracy in the modern world, is proving to be an inadequate model for political institutions grappling with humanity’s ever-complexifying challenges. This presentation focuses on two of MAD’s premises – the non-perfectibility of the human being, and the untrustworthiness of institutions – that inhibit the development of a culture of deliberation and rich democratic engagement. The presentation then explores two alternatives to MAD. First, Gandhian swaraj suggests how a vision of the human being as spiritually perfectible can ground a very different conception of politics. Second, the practice of the Bahá'í community demonstrates how, in practical terms, such a vision can ground an institutional system that is culturally and procedurally richly democratic.

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