Lessons in Democracy (by Roland Watson)
Part of the surviving fragment of the broadside of the Declaration of Independence sent to George Washington on July 6, 1776, by John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress, which copy General Washington had read to his assembled troops on July 9 in New York, where they awaited the combined British fleet and army. (Image source: Library of Congress)
Lessons in Democracy
|Lessons in Democracy is part of a family of websites, the objective of which is to promote positive social change. By way of introduction, the prerequisites for accomplishing such change include that the steps taken to bring it about must be (1) consistent with human nature, not based on an unrealistically positive appraisal; (2) voluntary; (3) grounded in education; and (4) ethical. The importance of education derives in part from the fact that enduring and widespread change, global change, will require a mass opting-out of the present social system. Only education, about a better alternative, will motivate a critical mass of the population to break free of our current oppressive structure.Lessons in Democracy is an in-depth description of our goal, a truly democratic society, including with an analysis of the many pitfalls that exist to establishing and maintaining such a society.
Activism 101 gives an education about the tools of dissent, which is the essential expression of popular power by which we both throw off authoritarian rule and preserve the vitality of our democracy once we are free.
Dictator Watch advances the theory of global social change, which is grounded in the field of mathematics known as chaos theory. But, while this might sound daunting, the basic ideas and their application to human societies can be understood by anyone. Dictator Watch also works as a front line activist group, on those cases where the need for change is most pressing.
Lessons in Democracy
By Roland Watson
Table of Contents
Principles of Democracy
Institutions of Democracy
16. Political parties
Challenges of Democracy