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Democracy Defined: The Manifesto Paperback – 7 Nov 2016
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About the Author
Kenn d’Oudney was born to an English family of tea and coconut planters in Sri Lanka. He received his education there and subsequently in England. Kenn d'Oudney's personal interests include reading non-fiction, and writing on the subject of Justice. He also enjoys composing, recording and playing music in a group. Since 1992, the d'Oudney family, Kenn, Joanna and Astra, have run the not-for-profit Democracy Defined Campaign. You can read about the Campaign, its aims and objectives on the DD website. The Campaign focuses on justice, and its essays and books have received the endorsement of cognoscenti in the U.S., U.K. and Australia. Kenn d’Oudney is author of several published books which are available on Amazon.
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Justin Walker, Campaign Co-ordinator for the British Constitution Group.
The book covers the history of democracy from its roots in Hellenic Greece, through the Magna Carta 1215, up to today. Although it’s certainly not a novel, I found it as gripping as one. I had trouble putting it down (in order to get some sleep).
It took me time to read as I found I couldn’t simply skim through it. I NEEDED to read it ALL, and in detail. And I was rewarded for doing this.
Completing the reading of Democracy Defined: The Manifesto has opened my awareness dramatically. I can see that this is just the start of a very interesting journey for me.
The above summarizes my review. But, if you are interested in further detail, please read on.
After completing my read of Democracy Defined: The Manifesto, and giving the content much thought, I realised that my education has consisted mainly of propaganda (i.e. brainwashing), with very little true learning, and all usually for governmental ulterior motives. I’ve always known “deep down” that if I had a good basic understanding of any subject, that that subject would be a breeze. Seldom does the educational establishment (academia/whatever), or any other “approved” source, ever teach "understanding"… just formulae and stuff to remember for exams, then to forget forever unless it’s a subject you love or your work involves it. Hence our common cries of “What’s the meaning of life?” and “Why me?”
Now, having read the book, it’s easy to understand why there are certain things that I want to know but haven't quite been able to “grasp.” I’ve been programmed (i.e. brainwashed) to not grasp them!
Knowing that you’re a slave isn’t very pleasant. But once you understand “why” you’re a slave (the truth), the fog lifts, and you can start working towards freedom for yourself and everyone else.