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Free to be Human: Intellectual Self-Defence in an Age of Illusions

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This is a book about freedom, and above all about the idea that there is often no greater obstacle to freedom than the assumption that it has already been fully attained. While in the West few individuals today suffer physical restraint by the state, we are still constrained by powerful psychological chains?which are in many ways far more effective, if only because they ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 256 pages
Published 2000 by Green Books Ltd. (first published April 13th 1995)
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Oleg
Jun 09, 2013 rated it did not like it
Even though his take on Chomsky's propaganda model and the role of corporate interests in the formation of the modern injustice-ridden world is surprisingly compelling and erudite, Edwards commits numerous strawman fallacies in his critique of society and it's values.

This is painfully obvious in the chapter on religion, where atheism is equated to nihilism and shown (inconclusively) to lead to consumerism. As a remedy, author extolls the virtues of oriental Buddhist-like religious consciousness,
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Sudheer Madhava
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A difficult read as I had to to stop and think every few sentences. I found the author's bias in his references to mythology, atheism, and ancient cultures of the Americas to be oversimplified in places. Some of the sentences were long with obfuscating grammar and I had to go back a few times to get what the author meant. I read this as an e-book on a downloaded Kindle Reader app on my computer (book is not available in India) and word spacing was an issue in many places and one chapter had a ...more
Mistypane611
Sep 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Excellent stuff. Really like this approach to connecting Buddhism and politics. Exploring the connection between people's unhappiness and politics/economics. How media works to reinforce the status quo. How difficult it is to question the way things are, but how important it is to do just that. For ourselves as much as the planet.
Priyank Kumar
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I came across this book in 2011, shortly after coming across the author's media watchdog website; where he is the co-editor with David Cromwell. As such, I was already familiar with the premise of the book and the author's politics. Both the Davids have left mainstream professional work and through their web-site and books have been promoting radical critiques and imagination of society.

Reading this book during a summer of my late teen years, I think now, has been among the most pivotal
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Liam
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Read this years ago and I have to say it has stayed with me. Much more readable than Chomsky on which a lot of it is based regarding manufacturing consent
Phill
Jul 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant - a must read.
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