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

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Canongate Books, Sep 29, 2016 - Political Science - 512 pages
In the run up to the June 8th General Election, Raoul Martinez and his publisher have decided to make the ebook of his book Creating Freedom free to readers in the UK so that the ideas and knowledge contained within it can be as widely disseminated as possible. We are far less free than we like to think. In Creating Freedom, Raoul Martinez exposes the mechanisms of control that pervade our lives and the myths on which they depend. Exploring the lottery of our birth, the coercive influence of concentrated wealth, and the consent-manufacturing realities of undemocratic power, he shows that our faith in free media, free markets, free elections and free will is dangerously misplaced. Written with empathy and imagination, this scholarly, fierce and profoundly hopeful manifesto makes a dazzling case for creating freedom on our own terms.

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About the author (2016)

Raoul Martinez is an activist, artist, writer, and award-winning filmmaker. The Creating Freedom project is informed by over a decade of research in a range of disciplines. In developing the film series as writer, director, editor and producer, Raoul has travelled extensively, interviewing leading intellectuals, journalists and activists around the world. His artwork has been selected for exhibition in the National Portrait Gallery in London, and he has painted leading figures in the arts and academia as well as a series of symbolic works. Raoul lives in London.

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