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Creating Freedom

  • Paperback $17.00

    Nov 28, 2017 | 512 Pages

  • Hardcover $29.95

    Jan 31, 2017 | 512 Pages

  • Ebook $14.99

    Jan 31, 2017 | 512 Pages

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Praise

“Exceptional . . . This year’s essential text for thinking radicals” The Guardian (UK)

“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

“I’ve been working my way through, highlighter in hand, at times thinking, ‘Why bother! Just highlight the whole thing.’ Super impressive.” —David Byrne

“Provocative, powerful and important—Creating Freedom is a rigorous exploration of what’s gone wrong with our society and how to make it right. A book for our time, this radical manifesto exposes the myths at the heart of our system and shows what the ideal of freedom truly demands from us, individually and collectively.” —Susan Sarandon

“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

“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

“An impassioned social and political critique with glimmers of hope for change. British artist and documentarian Martinez makes his literary debut writing on a theme taken up recently by writers such as economists Thomas Piketty and Joseph Stiglitz, journalist Bob Herbert, and activist Ralph Nader: inequality, injustice, greed, and entrenched power have undermined democracy and threaten the common good and the future of our planet….An intelligent, rigorous manifesto.” —Kirkus Reviews

‘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

“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
 
“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

Table Of Contents

Preface ix

PART ONE: THE LOTTERY OF BIRTH
1. Luck 3
2. Punishment 30
3. Reward 59

PART TWO: THE ILLUSION OF CONSENT
4. Control 87
5. Elections 113
6. Markets 147
7. Media 176

PART THREE: THE FIGHT FOR OUR FREEDOM
8. Creativity 213
9. Knowledge 239
10. Power 272
11. Survival 310
12. Empathy 347

Notes 383
Index 475
Acknowledgements 495

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