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Creating Freedom: Power, Control and the Fight for Our Future (Hardback)
  • Creating Freedom: Power, Control and the Fight for Our Future (Hardback)

Creating Freedom: Power, Control and the Fight for Our Future (Hardback)

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Hardback 512 Pages / Published: 29/09/2016
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The ideal of freedom is at the heart of our political and economic system. It is foundational to our sense of justice, our way of life, our conception of what it is to be human. But are we free in the way that we think we are? In Creating Freedom, Raoul Martinez brings together a torrent of mind-expanding ideas, facts and arguments to dismantle sacred myths central to our society - myths about free will, free markets, free media and free elections. From the lottery of our birth to the consent-manufacturing influence of concentrated wealth and power, this far-reaching manifesto lifts the veil on the mechanisms of control that pervade our lives. It shows that the more we understand how the world shapes us, the more effectively we can shape the world. A highly original and scholarly exploration of the most urgent questions of our time, it reveals that we are far less free than we like to think, yet it also shows that freedom is something we can create together, and that our very survival may depend on us doing so.

Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781782111818
Number of pages: 512
Weight: 806 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 43 mm
Edition: Main

Creating Freedom is quite magnificent in its intelligence, acuity, scope, human warmth and - most importantly - hope! My book of the year -- STEPHEN FRY
If you believe you are free, think again. Strong arguments . . . epic in scope . . . [A] manifesto. . . . to enlighten citizens stuck in an illusion of democracy * * Financial Times * *
Exceptional . . . This year's essential text for thinking radicals * * Guardian * *
Martinez speaks for a generation living through a profound mismatch between their aspirations for freedom and creativity and the thudding conformity a society, driven by the market, demands -- PAUL MASON
Comes the moment; comes the book. A 'manifesto for real and radical change'. This is a brilliant and timely analysis of our political landscape and the ideals which should inform how we reshape the world -- HELENA KENNEDY QC
Thought-provoking . . . sound and persuasive . . . Eminently readable with a an elegance of style not often found in theoretical works. It is no less than a rallying cry to take back the substance rather than the illusions of our freedoms * * New Internationalist * *
Provocative, powerful and important, Creating Freedom is a rigorous exploration of what's gone wrong with our society and how to make it right -- SUSAN SARANDON
Lucid and bright, Creating Freedom is a light to guide us onward. Please read it -- RUSSELL BRAND
I've been working my way through, highlighter in hand, at times thinking "why bother! Just highight the whole thing". Super impressive -- DAVID BYRNE
Everyone trying to puzzle through how to deal with the madness of the world - and the forces destroying it - should read this book -- JOHANN HARI
In this stunning and lucid book, Raoul Martinez re-assesses our past, re-examines our present, and re-imagines our future. It's such an exciting and compelling read that you almost don't notice at first how radical it is. Creating Freedom makes me think that we humans are on the cusp of our next big step - and it's this kind of thinking that will carry us over -- BRIAN ENO
Beautifully written, vigorously argued and remarkably researched . . . No one has examined the issues of freedom and moral responsibility in such an extensive and fascinating context, or done more to show that these issues are not ivory tower debates but absolutely life and death issues for individuals and quite possibly for our species -- BRUCE WALLER
This discussion of the impossibility of ultimate moral responsibility is extremely well written, aphoristic in places, and philosophically right on target -- GALEN STRAWSON
A profound and interesting project -- NICK DAVIES
An impassioned social and political critique with glimmers of hope for change . . . An intelligent, rigorous manifesto * * Kirkus * *

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“A colossal achievement”

This book is a colossal achievement. Martinez has pulled together so much great thinking and it's superbly researched. In fluid, clear prose he sets out the structural problems with modern society and how we... More

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