Secular liberal democracy of the American and European variety, with its firm rejection of religion in public life, is not the exclusive model for a legitimate democracy.
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But the challenge facing our political elites is to articulate a cogent conception of what power is for - to connect the exercise of power with an idea of its purpose. It follows that one of the core responsibilities of those who wield political power is to show the long-term effects of short-term choices; to identify the collective consequences of individual actions to uncover the systemic patterns generated by diffused centres of decision making.
In this way, the democratic process becomes a form of political learning: A continuous revision of what a society takes its interests to be. That, ultimately, is the point of insisting on the enduring centrality of politics, of a political perspective.
The democratic process must become a form of political learning rather than political churning, then it is sustainable and equal democracy.
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