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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.

©2016 Raoul Martinez (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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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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Irritating 5th form diatribe

Veers between brutalist Skinnerian behaviourism and Fotherington-Tomas style hullo trees hullo sky let everyone out of jail and give them a money and we'll all live happily ever after. Narrator sounds like he is having trouble summoning the will to keep going with out sniggering and adopts a quite sarcastic tone. Give him that much credit: it's more than I managed. Far better efforts around from Yuvral Harari, Robert Putnam or Matt Taibbi. Meanwhile I'll have the credit back for something else.

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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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Deeply thought provoking...

A well written and interesting insight into many of our perceptions and beliefs and the way that we view our society. An altogether compassionate and fascinating review of the social and political structures of our day.

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An original, deeply informed, wise book

Few books have made me think so much about my own identity and the society in which I live. Full of profound insights and eye-opening facts, it's highly stimulating, sobering and inspiring all at once.

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very insightful and interesting book. loved it.

Incredibly insightful read one of the breast books I've read in a while wig the exception of homo sapians. this book is a must read for those who are unsure of the current ideology we currently ascribe to.

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Marxist propaganda piece

The author is an economically illiterate marxist. The whole purpose of the book is communist propaganda. It's all quite simple and rather predictable. False dichotomies presented time and again. The other side is completely strawmanned.

If you want an intelligent book on politics and economics, I would suggest The Myth of the Rational Voter instead.

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repetative and poorly argued

What would have made Creating Freedom better?

This book is like a wife that can not help but telling all about her horrible ex-husband.
Maybe Interesting for other divorcees, boring and repetitive for the rest of us.

Nothing can improve this . . just avoid it . . especially if you like your cases well thought trough.

What was most disappointing about Raoul Martinez’s story?

Extremely repetitive, just stating the same thing over and over again.

The strange thing is that I agreed on beforehand with what is stated
But this is not the way to intelligently argue the case
The case deserves an advocate that has far more intellectual integrity.

What three words best describe Jot Davies’s performance?

Over-enthusiastic, shouting, over-emotional.
(The presentation style perfectly matches the content).

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

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Any additional comments?

Avoid this

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