Creating Freedom

  • by Raoul Martinez
  • Narrated by Jot Davies
  • 18 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 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.

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Amazing food for thought

This is a rather comprehensive and detailed account of our concept of freedom, how there is more a delusion of freedom in modern society and lastly how to create freedom.
Well, to be honest, I don't know whether the title was chosen wisely. It implies an easy step-by-step guide, which I'm not sure we're getting here.
But what we're getting is brilliant. There are too many chapters to mention specifically all that is contained here. Highlights include myth-busting of the banking crisis, of euphemistic rhetoric, of mass manipulation, corporate greed and how all these things contribute to take more freedom from the many and give it to the few.
While this may sound like a conspiracy theory and left-wing anti-capitalism, it's far from it. Regardless of ideology, those mechanisms work and serve those in power.
Ultimately, it provides information with credible facts and data, only trying to give us the knowledge and understanding so we can make more informed decisions and stop being lied to and manipulated.
I think in times of Trump and Media moguls we all know how truth can become a commodity, as much as humans and nature have become commodities.
This book was an eye-opener for me, re-inforced some believes and taught me new things.
The message goes far beyond the political and I can only urge you to read this.
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- Christoph Fischer

An excellent initial exposition meanders over time

The core concept of this book is very strong and its initial sections are excellent. The main elements of the position are well articulated and the alignment with common sense is well drawn, but Martinez veers quite strongly into a view of the world and society which is more heavily ideological than strictly linked to the overarching theory. While I agree with pretty much everything he says, I fear that some people may be turned off the book for the ideological slant and miss the strong position relating to the nature of being human, the impact of environment and genetics on our situation in life.

It's a great book, there is a lot to engage with here, but I feel there are perhaps two books nestled in one, when the theory itself deserved a book to itself, a book more directly and consistently related to the theory.

Regardless, a great listen with crucial lessons throughout.
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 29-09-2016
  • Publisher: Audible Studios