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Free to be Human By David Edwards

Free to be Human

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Free to be Human shows how the 'filter' system described by Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman distorts our understanding of many personal, ethical and spiritual issues, ensuring that we remain passive, conformist, confused and uninformedYand willing to accept the irrational values of corporate consumerism.

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

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 are so difficult to perceive. Influential writers such as Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman have shown that the corporately controlled mass media of Western democracies serve as a giant filter system favouring powerful state and business interests: what we receive as 'objective news' about domestic politics, human rights and environmental issues, is in fact an extremely partial and biased view of the world. Free to be Human shows how the same filter system distorts our understanding of many personal, ethical and spiritual issues, ensuring that we remain passive, conformist, confused and uninformed and willing to accept the irrational values of corporate consumerism. David Edwards argues that, in order to counter this continual process of disinformation and disempowerment, we need to master the arts of 'intellectual self-defence' and so become able to challenge the deceptions of a system that subordinates people and planet to the drive for profit.

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In David Edwards' searing analysis . . . the illusory nature of most contemporary reform processes is powerfully exposed. * Jonathon Porritt *

About David Edwards


David Edwards is a political writer who specialises in the analysis of the corporate media. His other books include Free to be Human and Guardians of Power (with David Cromwell).

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GOR001156733
Free to be Human: Intellectual Self-Defence in an Age of Illusions by David Edwards
David Edwards
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Green Books
1995-05-31
288
1870098560
9781870098564
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