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The Declaration of the Democratic Worldview, the Inaugural Edition By John Hank Edson
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This modern update of The Declaration of Independence sets forth the logical foundations of the principle of human equality heretofore defined ambiguously as simply “self-evident.” ... More > Building from these foundations, The Declaration of the Democratic Worldview then demonstrates how the failure to articulate a rational basis for our belief in human equality has empowered the efforts of anti-democratic interests in our society to corrupt our democratic political process. Finally, this book also shows how the proposed advance in the democratic worldview enables the American people to bring 21st century sophistication to the effort to engineer meaningful political process integrity. Howard Zinn, author of The People’s History of the United States, described The Declaration of the Democratic Worldview as “a thoughtful, provocative study… both sobering and hopeful.” Contains a new afterward discussing use of The Declaration of Independence by Obama, Lincoln and FDR.< Less
Radical Equality 2008 By John Hank Edson
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Radical Equality documents the rise and fall of three constitutional principles that upset the feudal alliance of economic monopolists (landowning English nobility), religious authoritarians (the... More > Church of England), and mercenary militarists (redcoat soldiers) ruling the old world. By instituting the one person, one vote principle, the doctrine of separation of church and state, and civilian control of the military, our founding fathers built a government that protected human equality, but this protection was then overthrown by the elevation of corporations to a personhood more powerful than that of human beings, the creation of a privatized industrial arms complex, and the rise of a theocratic agenda within the Religious Right. Radical Equality exposes the inequitable ideologies used to justify the overthrow of our democratic principles: free-market fundamentalism, password Christianity, and benevolent hegemony. In so doing, Radical Equality shows America how it can regain its democratic moral compass.< Less
A Brave New Worldview By John Hank Edson
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This volume contains 58 poems demonstrating a wide range of form and subject. At times formal, at times experimental, at times raucus and at time heartbreaking, Edson's poems explore love, politics... More > and our connection to nature and to each other at many levels. Each poem is accessible and precise in bringing to life the beautiful synthesis of wisdom and mystery that are life's universal. This volume ends with Tears for Amy, a long poem of over 600 lines, written in 26 26-line stanzas of terza rima. Tears for Amy is both an elegy for a classmate and a meditation on the pursuit of higher levels of humanity by each individual and by society as a whole. This is a volume you will value and reread for its ability to speak to our contemporary struggle for heart, happiness, and harmony with the world.< Less
The Deer By John Hank Edson
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A doe and her fawn walk through the woods on a summer evening. As they move among the trees, the two discover a deep connection to their forest home that helps the mother heal ancient wounds and the... More > child to discover a wholly unexpected future. The Deer takes the reader on a voyage into the heart of a meaning universal to all the Earth’s beings and celebrates the life-saving poetry and wisdom available to those who have learned the art of listening. This narrative poem is accompanied by 24 illustrations by the author and also includes three other poems perfect for families.< Less