The Declaration of the Democratic Worldview, by John Hank Edson (www.democracypress.org) is a call to action for anyone with a stake in the American experiment. In this brief but thorough essay, Edson makes the case for re-examining the so-called “self-evident” truths of the Declaration of Independence.
Considering that it's been two hundred and thirty-three since those truths were laid down, Edson argues for a fresh look at the document that has determined this nation's laws and society from the beginning. And Edson digs into the subject with an analytic, virtually scientific rigor.
The issues can’t be ignored. As Edson states, “If we do not strengthen this foundation and give it the precise and ingenious engineering we have so often proven ourselves to be capable of…then the political process we construct on top of it will crumble like the proverbial house built on sand.”
The author proposes a framework to re-think the self-evident truths and come to a completely fresh way of understanding human rights, leading to a game plan for thwarting the unholy trio of economic monopoly, mercenary oppression, and religious authoritarianism that threaten our freedom.
The Declaration of the Democratic Worldview is an important and timely work, of special interest now that we have a new administration in Washington.