Acting as a what-to-do guide for a hundred agonizing what’s-wrong reports on war, terror, habitat destruction, and the decay of democracy, this book lays out a ways to revitalize democratic resources via city and town government. Whatever a person’s current response to America’s civic ills and the world's threat from nuclear weapons, the ideas presented here will urge a productive new phase and aid in turning frustration into aspiration. This volume is a remarkable combination of practical politics, idealism, and invention.
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About the Author
David A. Wylie is a Boston lawyer who has been a presidential campaign advance man, a county chairman in a governor campaign, a lawyer for the Boston Redevelopment Authority, general counsel of the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency, a Coast Guard officer, and has worked for the Navy Department and Internal Revenue Service. He lives in Bolton, Massachusetts.
Table of Contents
Part I Why Now?
Chapter 1 Throw out the Lifeline 3
Chapter 2 Sixty-Five Years and Counting 9
Chapter 3 Assessing the Threat 15
Chapter 4 My Kingdom for a Plan! (or, The Blinders of Empire) 25
Part II What To Do?
Chapter 5 Municipalities-Soft Targets/Hard Power 41
Chapter 6 Common Cause: Why Should Cities Cooperate? The Argument 55
Chapter 7 Federalism-Familiar, Trustworthy, Layered Government: Reclaim the Local Level 63
Chapter 8 Multilevel Governance: Implications for Democracy and Security 79
Part III Impediments
Chapter 9 The Ideology of Eternal Conflict 103
Chapter 10 The Disconnect: Nation, Power, Citizens, Democracy, and Law (Civil Order's Five Components) 117
Part IV Resources
Chapter 11 Welfare Queen and Patriot King: Take the Impediments Back to the Neighborhood 135
Chapter 12 City and World Forums 151
Chapter 13 Revisit the Foundations 165
Chapter 14 Ace in the Hole-Civic Invention 175
Chapter 15 Measure of the Electorate 189
Chapter 16 Final Thoughts 209
Appendix A Letter to Mayor or Elected Governing Board of a City or Town 215
Appendix B Resolution of Municipal Governing Board 217
Appendix C Agenda, First Meeting of Municipal Security Assembly 219
Appendix D President's Speech 223
Appendix E Eight Questions to Assess Reader's Readiness 227