The back of the Great Seal: Click for an explanation of the symbols of democracy in the Great Seal.


Yoans agree with the underlying message in the following statement:

Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world . . . No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government, except for all those others that have been tried from time to time. (Winston Churchill)

In the context of communities composed of people who are not blinded by dogmatic, authoritarian thinking, democracy can come the closest to producing vital, healthy, sustainable societies.

Democracy is not something you believe in or a place to hang your hat, but it's something you do. You participate. If you stop doing it, democracy crumbles. (Abbie Hoffman)

The front of the Great Seal: Click for an explanation of the symbols of democracy in the Great Seal.

(Click on either of the symbols above to find out what they mean.)

  1. Understanding the complexities and problems inherent in implementing a democratic model.

  2. An in-depth exploration of a Yoan view of some of the problems and untapped potentials that exist in the democratic model: The Potential for Economic Democracy in the United States.

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Excerpts from

"Democracy is coming to the USA."

by Leonard Cohen

It's comin' from the sorrow in the street
The holy places where the races meet
From the homicidal bitchin'
That goes down in every kitchen
To determine who will serve and who will eat
From the wells of disappointment
Where the women kneel to pray
For the grace of God in the desert here
And the desert far away
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.

It's comin' to America first
The cradle of the best and of the worst
It's here they got the range
And the machinery for change
And it's here they got the spiritual thirst
It's here the family's broken
And it's here the lonely say
That the heart has got to open
In a fundamental way
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.

It's comin' from the women and the men
O baby, we'll be makin' love again
We'll be goin' down so deep
The river's gonna weep
And the mountain's gonna shout, "Amen!"
It's comin' like the tidal flood
Beneath the lunar sway
Imperial, mysterious
In amorous array
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.

Sail on, sail on
O mighty Ship of State!
To the Shores of Need
Past the Reefs of Greed
Through the Squalls of Hate
Sail on, sail on, sail on...

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