Democracy Unchained

I was glad to have the opportunity to read this book.  The historical perspective provided a useful back-drop from which to view the current dire state of affairs, which was summed up very well in the bullet point propositions on page 14 and explored throughout.  I liked the time line, the graphics and indented text, which made it a friendlier read than if it had been all solid text.  The book provides a good digest of problems and possible solutions and emphasises the gravity and urgency of the situation.

Of the two options for change presented on page 27 I was glad to see reform dismissed.  It can only be those with the most rose-tinted glasses who still believe that reform within the existing structures of power is possible.  We need to create something new.

I felt that the book was appropriately tentative and discursive.  The gaps at intervals in the text providing space for comments reinforced this as a working document, to be explored and developed through discussion and participation; suitably reflecting a basic tenet of real democracy.

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