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The Freedom Manifesto: How to Free Yourself…

The Freedom Manifesto: How to Free Yourself from Anxiety, Fear, Mortgages,…

by Tom Hodgkinson

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"What we need now is a radical redefinition of human relationships, one based on local needs rather than the greed of global capitalism. Our lives have been split into a million fragments, and our goal now is to bring them back together in unity and harmony... promoting the idea of cooperation, through which true freedom is possible, rather than competition."--pg.2

"In Lipstick Traces, rock 'n' roll critic Greil Marcus brilliantly relates the Dada movement to the Situationist movement, and both to punk. What they have in common is a rage against boredom, the desire, simply, to live. What all three movements share is the passionate belief that anyone can do it. We can all be creative and we can all be free."--pg.24 ( )
  alycias | Apr 4, 2013 |
Exhilarating. Re-read often to slip the mind-forg'd manacles. Though occasionally I did wonder who was minding Hodgkinson's kids while he was occupied with idling. ( )
  libraryhead | Feb 14, 2011 |
a really excellent book on how to cultivate freedom in your life. i really enjoyed it and got a lot of tips and ideas out of it. good stuff. ( )
  shannonkearns | Jan 8, 2011 |
Here we have more anti-corporate, carpe-diem exhortations from Tom "How To Be Idle" Hodgkinson. He really, really would like to go back to the Middle Ages, before the Industrial Revolution (and Henry VIII's sacking of the churches) wrecked everything. One suspects that he romanticizes feudal England just a tad...but it's easy to enjoy Hodgkinson's enthused rants against mortgages, supermarket chains, wage slavery, companies that wring profit out of depression, soul-crushing jobs, and so on. "The Freedom Manifesto" is a bit cracked -- its author is here to provoke, not provide concrete plans -- but if you split the difference between the author's suggestions and our current societal norms, you'll probably end up cheerful.
  subbobmail | Jan 18, 2010 |
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This is a book about good living, and at its heart is a simple truth: when you embrace Lady Liberty, life becomes easier, cheaper and much more fun.
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The author of How to Be Idle, Tom Hodgkinson, now shares his delightfully irreverent musings on what true independence means and what it takes to be free. The Freedom Manifesto draws on French existentialists, British punks, beat poets, hippies and yippies, medieval thinkers, and anarchists to provide a new, simple, joyful blueprint for modern living. From growing your own vegetables to canceling your credit cards to reading Jean-Paul Sartre, here are excellent suggestions for nourishing mind, body, and spirit—witty, provocative, sometimes outrageous, yet eminently sage advice for breaking with convention and living an uncluttered, unfettered, and therefore happier, life.

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Drawing on anarchist writing and individualist philosophy, Tom Hodgkinson looks at definitions of freedom in history, philosophy and poetry. He champions the belief that it is better to be poor and free than rich and enslaved.

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