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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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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.
Elegantly written and engagingly narrated. Probably one of the most important books you'll get to read(listen) in a while. All the problems and solutions of the human sphere combined into a single book. A great guide in understanding where we stand as humans and where we ought to go from here.