Humanism and Democracy
As we just celebrated our nation’s independence, I thought I would devote my column to the link between Humanism and Democracy. We Humanists love Democracy. This is because Humanism is the philosophic foundation on which all democracies are built. You simply don’t give power to the people unless you believe that people are basically good and can manage their own affairs. This is the fundamental starting point of the Humanist philosophy.
If, on the other hand, you believe people are basically evil and need to be controlled, you tend to set up governments to control them such as dictatorships, monarchies, and various forms of theocracy. From a Humanist perspective democracy is the best form of government as it provides the best guarantee of individual freedom.