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The Democracy Owners' Manual: A Practical Guide to Changing the World Paperback – February 20, 2002
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"A wonderful first step for anyone who wants to be effective at protecting the environment, or fighting for economic and social justice." -- Carl Pope, executive director, Sierra Club
"Shows how you can practice democracy and participate in power while enjoying the experiences with your fellow activists." -- Ralph Nader, consumer advocate and author of Crashing the Party
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The Democracy Owners' Manual is a unique, hands-on guide for people who want to change public policy at the local, state, or national level. A combination of policy and advocacy basics, the book offers a clear presentation of the issues and debates activists are likely to encounter as well as a lucid, example-rich guide to effective strategies and actions.
Newcomers and veteran activists alike will find this book an invaluable treasure chest of ideas and stimulating stories to help them tackle the issues they care about. The Democracy Owners' Manual also lends itself for university courses in political science, public administration, social work, public health, environmental studies, and other disciplines that touch on public policy and political change.
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Don't let the serious and career orientated cover steer you away this is a book you'll enjoy and which will have you walking away with knowledge you never you could have.
Dont miss this one if you want a look at the power we as citizens have in our government. It's astounding the power we have to make change especially when our government and legislators have made the government seem less welcome to the average day people.
I like it very much and am VERY glad I ordered it. Thank you so much Amazon.com for the great price, good value and prompt delivery. I use this item frequently.
I explain that a little education (what most people receive, but don't retain in their high school civics classes) about our government, country, and the history of our country can go a long way. Even something as simple as realizing what the three branches of our government are is a useful first step. Reading the Constitution can be a good second step. Books like this one explain some of the basic facts about how our government in the USA works and how to participate in it (other than just voting).
Perhaps the most important part of learning about the government and history of the USA is that it's OK to be patriotic. Too many radical liberals (and a few wacko conservatives!) think that it's shameful to be patriot. It's not. The USA is a great country and has much to be proud of. While the USA isn't perfect and has made some mistakes as a country, I always think of the final factor in this country's greatness is the large numbers of people who "vote with their feet" and immigrate here. Some people are so desperate to get here from countries that don't take care of or provide for them that they are willing to illegally immigrate here. That's, perhaps, one of the most powerful statements that can be made about the USA.
I highly recommend this book for those of you who feel that your vote isn't important or that you can't change your world. You can!
Review by: Maximillian Ben Hanan