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We Hate To Say Something So Politically Incorrect But…

…a nation where witchburning, even if only of “lower caste women” who no doubt have been very offensive in their way, is probably not on the brink of successful democracy. From the Telegraph:

Dengani Mahato died after she was severely beaten, doused in kerosene and set alight for allegedly practising witchcraft, Gopal Bhandari, a superintendent of police in Chitwan district, said…

Hundreds of lower-caste women are thought to suffer abuse at the hands of “witch hunters” every year in Nepal, where superstition and caste-based discrimination remain rife and where most communities still operate on strict patriarchal lines.

Human Rights Watch has more on the “backsliding on rights” in Nepal. Via Meadia doesn’t expect great progress in Nepal anytime soon; people who burn witches, entertain paranoid fantasies about elaborate Jewish plots to rule the world, or otherwise behave in ways that show a deadly combination of ignorance and weak reasoning powers are generally speaking not very good at electing good leaders.

Sadly, this often means that the countries that need good leadership the most are the least likely to get it. Fortunately, Nepal is small and weak; bad government in Nepal does not threaten world peace. There are other places not much better prepared for effective self-governance whose political choices have a much wider effect.

World peace is not at hand.

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  • Anthony

    …universal human need to feel superior at the expense of the “other” remains profound WRM.

    “Of the systems above us, angelic and seraphic, we know little, but we see one law, simple, efficient, and comprehensive as that of gravitation – the law of love – extending its sway over the whole of God’s dominions….” (Mark Hopkins).

  • Mark in Texas

    Well into the 20th century, Navaho spent a lot of effort to seek out and punish people practicing witchcraft. Interesting how societies like Nepal or American Indians which were held up as examples of enlightened people living in harmony with the environment seem to have a few aspects that are less attractive than our money grubbing, gadget obsessed Judeo-Christian western civilization.

  • Fred

    Savages are savage, hence the term. Not politically correct, but the truth rarely is.

  • Jacksonian Libertarian

    Saudi Arabia recently exicuted a woman for being a witch. To continue such superstitious behavior the face of modern civilization, shows the extreme staying power of backward and ignorant cultures.
    “Cultures evolve at glacial speeds” Jacksonian Libertarian

  • Kris

    “Human Rights Watch has more on the ‘backsliding on rights’ in Nepal.”

    Kris has less: “On August 28, Baburam Bhattarai of the United Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) was elected prime minister.” Not quite the full picture, but more than enough, no?

  • Corlyss

    I was unaware that Nepal was a leading light in democratic regimes.

  • Toni

    Toni has a bit more.

    Mao Zedong caused or allowed the deaths of 40-70 million of his fellow Chinese. Maoist leaders care about Maoism, not low-caste “witches”or any other individual. Ideology rules ruthlessly. Who would know if Nepalese shamans (or “shamans”) are really punishing dissenters’ families?

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