Creating Freedom: Power, Control and the Fight for Our Future
In Creating Freedom, Raoul Martinez compellingly dismantles the sacred myth of freedom, showing that our belief that our institutions are free, even o ...more
It's like reading a stoner who just had this amazing epiphany that "dude, everything is made out of energy, like woah". And following along the same lines: "man, in this wholly deterministic (or not) world, none of us is responsible for anything, it's just atoms bouncing around, man, it's not us" ...more
Some policies are targeted at poor people, like banning to share food with homeless. When trying to defy this law, you're arrested.
2008 year crisis was accepted to be the pure fraud consequence, but Obama helped fraudsters to walk free with 700 billion dollars, and people were forced to cover their losses. (Not including widespread and false propaganda that blamed the poor, taking those fraudulent loans).
"Slaves do not write laws that enslave them."
If a person comes to ...more
I don’t whole-heartedly agree with some of the opening philosophies - but that in no way diminished the book for me and it led me to begin to examine some of my internal be ...more
It was raining heavily outside the other day. Me and my wife just opened the window widely so that we could look out and enjoy the view. Puddles were formed quickly here and there. All the trees were moving because of the heavy wind. It was crazy outside, but on the inside it felt so peaceful.
And out of nowhere a Deliveroo cyclist showed up with his order behind his back. We could just tell he was completely soaked from the rain and he was cycled through shortcuts ignoring all the road signs ju
The thing about it that's most mind-blowing, is that Mr Martinez has written a book on socio-economics seemingly completely unaware that the issues he discusses are the bread and butter of philosophical, social economic and political academia. So with total disregard for (and apparent ...more
His treatment of free will, was one of the worst I have read in a long while. Martinez starts out good, acknowledging the findings of neuroscience and psychology, he argues that we are not responsible for our actions, because we have a brain we didn't choose to have.
Fair enough, but the second he mentioned, and I'm paraphrasing, "We don't have free wil ...more
Society is organised for short-term profit benefiting, for the most part, the already wealthy. Inequality grows; the environment we share with each other and other s ...more
The power, the decisions, the shadow curtains, the deceit, the oppression, how we see our actions and how much the goverment and the powerful have a say in how opportunities are distributed. the book helps you see through the lies and secrets ...more
The main problem with this book is the dust jacket, which is plastered with quotes from those who edge towards the lunatic fringe - Susan Sarandon, Paul Mason, Russell Brand. Fortunatel ...more
Martinez's prose is clear and unencumbered, and his ideas are all well-supported with statistics, research citations and expert testimony.
It was a true joy to read this.
A compelling book for change and points to how we can make change happen.
Unfortunately falls down on the solutions, they seem a bit un-developed.
Perhaps I was hoping for a better chance of making a change.
Edit: actually, read this book to get your emotions up, then expand into other books for explorations of solutions: eg. Small is Beautiful, Ernst Schumacher