Born and largely raised in Canada, Andy has also lived in other parts of the world. He is a graduate of both the University of Western Ontario and Trent University and considers himself to be a ‘jack of all trades.’ Andy currently resides with his family in Whitby, Ontario. A believer in restoration, he can often be found tinkering on some old cars in the garage.
“Here is the crux of all the problems we face collectively as human beings. Whether those problems entail financial calamities, unemployment, poor access to healthcare, environmental degradation and climate change, and so on, the key issue is the same. Our leaders here in Canada and around the world have failed to build democratic institutions and structures that effectively serve citizens responsibly. All of the problems confronting us are merely symptoms of the key issue that remains unaddressed: broken democracies do not work for people. There has been a great abdication of responsibility by government leaders everywhere. So, things do not work entirely right. The financial crisis that occurred, and the ramifications of it that persist, together form just one indicator of poor government…”
“It all boils down to three key problems:
1) Poorly designed organizational structures within government;
2) Wrongly motivated individuals (highly correlated with the first point); and
3) Ineffective oversight of all levels of government (unaccountability).
The problems are really quite simple. They only seem complex because they are buried beneath the façade of government, much like the plumbing system so vital to make our taps run is buried behind the walls or underground.”
Can Canada lead the world in making democracy work for everyone, including for your benefit? Can democracies be redesigned to meaningfully solve even the most challenging problems such as climate change? The answer, CREDIBLY PROVEN by Andy Bilik, is a resounding YES!
By uniquely defining who Canadians are, and establishing a new political philosophy called Democratic Restructuralism, the author clearly shows, in concrete terms, what is wrong with democracy and what is required to make it work for the common good. He reveals “how” to “Make democracy great again,” beginning in Canada. In doing so, Bilik has achieved what most people, including world leaders and prominent academics, would argue is impossible! Mending the Flag, Healing the World, is an incredibly thought provoking work. Simultaneously, it is a well researched book that debunks contemporary theories regarding why democracy does not appear to work for most of us. Since Bilik has discovered a positive and real way humanity can progress forward, during this critical and divisive juncture of world history, his book may be one of the most important non-fiction works of the 21st century. You should read it…especially since it anticipated the scandals engulfing our nation’s capitol! Are you intrigued?
FROM INDIE READER:
Verdict: Author Andy Bilik offers an erudite, comprehensive discussion of the current political climate without any of the tiresome hyperbole and snipery of current political discourse.
With the United States as the undoubted epicenter of current socio-political turmoil one might forget that other countries in the Western Hemisphere not only feel the repercussions of U.S. actions, but also have pressing issues of their own. In MENDING THE FLAG, HEALING THE WORLD Canadian national Andy Bilik addresses those issues as they most affect his home country and proffers a new system of governance to deal with them.
Bilik structures his discussion of the current political order as a classic dialogue, beginning with an autobiographical answer to his opening question “Who Am I”? At first this chapter-long author bio might seem a bit long-winded, but soon the reader sees that his overall conclusion is based on Canadian national identity and thusly leads seamlessly into the new chapter of the dialogue “Who Are We? [Canadians]”.
In formulating an answer to this phase of the inquiry, Bilik cites in detail the history and traditions of his country. That Canada is medium nascent in relation to many of the world’s countries is both a benefit and a detriment to the overall argument in that the history is limited, but as such is concentrated and highly specific.
Without any sugarcoating Bilik lays out a litany of issues that stand as touchstones of that identity, including those that have caused rents in the titular flag. In a Victor Frankl-esque reactionary measure, specific elements addressed as Bilik strives to establish the Canadian identity include national security, foreign aide, taxes veterans affairs, and Canada’s treatment of its indigenous peoples. In addition, he noticeably doesn’t shy away from elements such as border control and trade and climate change that are directly resultant of America’s current administration.
Having laid out those things that do really need healing, Bilik then sets out to offer an equal number of solutions for facilitating that healing and for moving the country forward. First and foremost, he puts forth an innovative political ideology which he calls “Democratic Restructuralism”. This ideology does reflect the general premise of what has always been called democracy, but pares away the tribalism that has of late befogged the ideology’s classical essence. By removing this “us vs. them” angle, Bilik exposes the elemental truism of democracy–that’s it’s all “us”, or in this case, all Canadians.
In this light, the solutions proffered circle back to the beginning of the dialogue, mining the answers to the “Who Am I?” and “Who Are We?” questions. In doing so, the author essentially assigns his “Democratic Restructuralism” like a teacher handing out homework, shifting the responsibility of improving the country–and hopefully, the world–away from solely the government’s duty and into the hands of every Canadian citizen.
Author Andy Bilik offers an erudite, comprehensive discussion of the current political climate without any of the tiresome hyperbole and snipery of current political discourse.