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Creating Freedom

Power, Control and the Fight for our Future

"Exceptional. This year's essential text for thinking radicals"

The Guardian

"Martinez speaks for a generation"

Paul Mason

"Provocative, powerful and important"

Susan Sarandon

"A stunning and lucid book"

Brian Eno

"A light to guide us onward"

Russell Brand

"An intelligent, rigorous manifesto"

Kirkus Reviews

"A manifesto for real and radical change"

Helena Kennedy QC

"Extremely well written, aphoristic in places, and philosophically right on target"

Galen Strawson

"A profound and interesting project"

Nick Davies

Free markets, free elections, free media, free thought, free speech, free will--the language of freedom pervades our lives, framing the most urgent issues of our time and the deepest questions about who we are and who we want to be. It is a foundational concept at the heart of our civilization, but it has long been distorted to justify its opposite: soaring inequality, the erosion of democracy, an irrational criminal justice system, and a dehumanizing foreign policy. Raoul Martinez argues that the more we understand the limits on our freedom, the better placed we are to transcend them.

Drawing together findings and ideas from neuroscience, criminology, psychology, politics, climate science, economics, and philosophy, Creating Freedom constructs a radical framework to make sense of the world and empower us to change it. This is a wide-ranging analysis of power, control, and freedom, which asks us to question our inherited identity, question our society, and turn the power to choose into the freedom to create.

A manifesto for deep and radical change, Creating Freedom explores the limits placed on freedom by human nature and society. It explodes myths at the heart of the systems that dominate our lives, calling for a profound transformation in the way we think about democracy, equality, and our own identities.

"Exceptional. This year's essential text for thinking radicals."

The Guardian

"Thought-provoking . . . sound and persuasive . . . Eminently readable with a an elegance of style not often found in theoretical works. It is no less than a rallying cry to take back the substance rather than the illusions of our freedoms."

New Internationalist

"Martinez speaks for a generation living through a profound mismatch between their aspirations for freedom and creativity and the thudding conformity a society, driven by the market, demands."

Paul Mason

"Provocative, powerful and important, Creating Freedom is a rigorous exploration of what's gone wrong with our society and how to make it right. A book for our time, this radical manifesto exposes the myths at the heart of our system and shows what the ideal of freedom truly demands from us, individually and collectively."

Susan Sarandon

"In this stunning and lucid book, Raoul Martinez re-assesses our past, re-examines our present, and re-imagines our future. It's such an exciting and compelling read that you almost don't notice at first how radical it is. Creating Freedom makes me think that we humans are on the cusp of our next big step - and it's this kind of thinking that will carry us over."

Brian Eno

"Lucid and bright, Creating Freedom is a light to guide us onwards. Please read it."

Russell Brand

"Everyone trying to puzzle through how to deal with the madness of the world - and the forces destroying it - should read this book."

Johann Hari

"Comes the moment; comes the book. A manifesto for real and radical change. This is a brilliant and timely analysis of our political landscape and the ideals which should inform how we reshape the world."

Helena Kennedy QC

"I've been working my way through, highlighter in hand, at times thinking "why bother! Just highight the whole thing". Super impressive."

David Byrne

"This discussion of the impossibility of ultimate moral responsibility is extremely well written, aphoristic in places, and philosophically right on target."

Galen Strawson

"An impassioned social and political critique with glimmers of hope for change. British artist and documentarian Martinez makes his literary debut writing on a theme taken up recently by writers such as economists Thomas Piketty and Joseph Stiglitz: inequality, injustice, greed, and entrenched power have undermined democracy and threaten the common good and the future of our planet. An intelligent, rigorous manifesto."

Kirkus Reviews

"A profound and interesting project."

Nick Davies

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About The Author

Raoul Martinez is a philosopher, artist, and award-winning filmmaker. Creating Freedom is his first book. It is informed by over a decade of research and is accompanied by a documentary series of the same name. Episode One, The Lottery of Birth – produced, written and co-directed by Raoul – was nominated for Best Documentary at London’s Raindance Film Festival and went on to win the Artivist Spirit 2012 Award at Hollywood’s Artivist Festival. Raoul lives and works in London, where his paintings have been selected for exhibition in the National Portrait Gallery.

The Lottery of Birth

An award-winning documentary to complement the book is available to order in numerous countries and languages. The Lottery of Birth begins with the idea that from birth onwards our minds are a battleground of competing forces, and that the outcome of this battle determines the lives we lead and the society we create.

The Film

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