Democracy and the Common Wealth:
Breaking the Stranglehold of the Special Interests

“We have been shortchanged on the change we need.

Democracy and the Common Wealth exposes the dirty secrets about the American electoral system and the dysfunctional policies that have resulted from it. From how to rebuild an inner city slum to how to run a government, it traces the simple steps that can lead to representative governance and rational policies.

Follow the extraordinary, often humorous, story of a concerned citizen’s journey from outside politics into the dirty business of running for governor of Florida. As one of the one most corrupt states in a country that has been sold off to the special interests. Florida may prove to ground zero for a new Progressive Movement. America is about to wake up, and Michael E. Arth is sounding the alarm.

Louis Nizer once wrote, “A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist.” Also known as “The New Urban Cowboy” for his rebuilding of a slum and his work as an urban designer, and as “Biking Mike” for his plan to campaign the length of Florida on a bicycle, Michael E. Arth is all these things, and more. Arth shows clearly—in this engaging and challenging book—how electoral reform, combined with rational policies, could transform our town, our state, our country and our world.

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