Monday, 13 March 2017

An Enlightened Approach to Deliberative Democracy - Part Seven and 99%

In association with highly serious investigations by the Adelaide Adagia Ensemble, the attendants and style guides in this natural common room have been assembling evidence about the will of the people, the reasoning of the people and the perceptions of the people.

Preliminary findings appear to suggest that the agenda of the mass media, the agenda of self-serving politicians and the agendas of various other vested interests tend to be at odds with the will, the reasoning and the perceptions of the people.

In a democracy, the people, whatever their age, do not want churnalism.  They want to know how they can make their own lives better.

When the media denigrates some people unfairly and butters up others for no apparent reason, most people quite sensibly ask:  Why is that news?

Visitors here obviously want to catch up with all the news they may have missed:

An Enlightened Approach to Deliberative Democracy - Part One

An Enlightened Approach to Deliberative Democracy - Part Two

An Enlightened Approach to Deliberative Democracy - Part Three


There is always much to learn from history.  However, placing the most relevant facts from the past in the most relevant contexts in the present takes much skill.  Have you developed that ability sufficiently?

Information can have many different connotations depending on how it is perceived.  Some people can be excessively excited about a particular detail.  And some people may use information for their own, rather selfish purposes.

What, for example, do you believe to be an enlightened approach to deliberative democracy?  Where have you acquired the information from which to form your belief?


An Enlightened Approach to Deliberative Democracy - Part Three and a Half

An Enlightened Approach to Deliberative Democracy - Part Four

An Enlightened Approach to Deliberative Democracy - Part Four and Three Quarters


Supplying the public with enlightening information is no easy task, especially when much of the media supplies unenlightening information.

Perhaps the difficulty also has something to do with the fact that many teachers, lectures and tutors in the world appear to have the deliberate intention of making information as boring as possible.

Have you ever made your own butter?

Have you ever made your own bread?

Have you ever made your own bed?


An Enlightened Approach to Deliberative Democracy - Part Five

An Enlightened Approach to Deliberative Democracy - Part Five and a Third

An Enlightened Approach to Deliberative Democracy - Part Five and Two Fifths

An Enlightened Approach to Deliberative Democracy - Part Five and Four Fifths


An enlightened approach to deliberative democracy encourages everyone to gain a wide range of practical skills.

How well do you do research?

How well to you acquire the information you need?

How do you gain knowledge if not through experience?

What has been your experience of butter and budgeting?

What sort of information do you tend to churn out and for whom?


An Enlightened Approach to Deliberative Democracy - Part Six

An Enlightened Approach to Deliberative Democracy - Part Six and a Bit

An Enlightened Approach to Deliberative Democracy - Part Six and a Bit More

An Enlightened Approach to Deliberative Democracy - Part Six but almost Part Seven


What is a normal activity to you?

What is a normal expectation in your opinion?

In what environment do you spend much of your normal life?

With whom do you spend much of your normal life?

What do you want to improve in your life, and why?

What do you want to maintain without any changes?

Who do you consider to be normal, and why?


An Enlightened Approach to Deliberative Democracy - Part Seven

An Enlightened Approach to Deliberative Democracy - Part Seven and Some More


What makes deliberative democracy a worthwhile enterprise?

What is currently churning over in your mind?

What makes your stomach churn?

What makes your blood boil?

What do you consider to be hard work?

What do you consider to be a good way to earn a living or at least a crust or two?

How are you improving democracy?

There are many questions requiring your honest and sensible answers. Even if you are not a local, there are likely to be several items below of considerable relevance to you.

Many of the following items are of considerable historical and political interest to the Adelaide Adagia Ensemble as its members prepare for next year's South Australian state election:
















































In 1840, four days after the first signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, Queen Victoria married her cousin Albert.  Queen Adelaide was in attendance at the latter ceremony in the Chapel Royal in St James's Palace that February.

What was happening in Australia in that year?

What was happening elsewhere in the world?

What was happening in 2014?






























Has anything improved in relation to political life anywhere since 1840?

Has the weather improved?

Has the quality of life improved?

Have working conditions improved?

Has the world become more enlightened?

Has art improved?

Is there any more justice in the world now than there was in 1840?

Has technology improved anything?
















When Queen Charlotte witnessed the official wedding of her eldest son at the Chapel Royal in St James's Palace in 1795, the occasion did not particularly improve his subsequent behaviour.  An enlightened approach to deliberative democracy obviously upholds the necessity for respectability far easier than can be achieved through electoral politics, parliamentary expectations and the public duties of a privileged elite.
















The public often seeks cool, interesting, useful ideas to make life easier, better and less stressful.















Enlightenment is frequently scientific though it may also require money from time to time.



































































There are many sides to every society. 











How do you prefer to present yourself to the world?


































Do join us for part eight at 10 o'clock this morning, local time.

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