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By David Edwards

This can be a booklet approximately freedom, and mainly concerning the concept that there's usually no larger predicament to freedom than the idea that it has already been totally attained. whereas within the West few members at the present time endure actual restraint by way of the kingdom, we're nonetheless restricted by way of strong mental chains - that are in lots of methods way more powerful, if in simple terms simply because they're so tough to understand. Influential writers akin to Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman have proven that the corporately managed mass media of Western democracies function an immense filter out process favouring robust kingdom and company pursuits: what we obtain as 'objective information' approximately family politics, human rights and environmental concerns, is actually a really partial and biased view of the realm. loose to be Human indicates how an identical filter out procedure distorts our realizing of many own, moral and non secular matters, making sure that we stay passive, conformist, careworn and uninformed - and prepared to simply accept the irrational values of company consumerism. David Edwards argues that, with a purpose to counter this continuous technique of disinformation and disempowerment, we have to grasp the humanities of 'intellectual self-defence' and so develop into capable of problem the deceptions of a procedure that subordinates humans and planet to the force for revenue.

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Ideally, we should believe that 'success' as defined by society is critical to our happiness. This 'success' should be defined in terms of status resulting from conspicuous consumption, which in turn should be made possible by conspicuous conformity to the economic system. Thus, 'success' through status, through conformity, should be the dominant goal. Thirdly, we should believe that mass consumption is the most sensible, sane and realistic means for finding happiness. Because this consumption necessarily involves consumption beyond the necessities oflife, mass consumption is required to emphasise the desirability of status products and luxury.

Historic sites were not immune-25 mosques were damaged in Baghdad alone and 31 more around the country. Seven textile factories sustained damage, as did five engineering plants, five construction facilities, four car assembly plants and three chlorine plants. A major hypodermic syringe facility was destroyed. All major cement plants were hit along with various clothes and cosmetic factories, and so on. What emerges from this picture,is that, contrary to the media version ofevents, the primary Western goal was not in fact the removal of Iraq from Kuwait: 'The bombing ofIraq's cities and infrastructure had nothing to do with driving Iraq from Kuwait.

Undoubtedly the most valuable aspect of Freud's theory was his demonstration of the existence ofa conscious, aware side of the person- 50 FREE TO BE HUMAN ality, and an unconscious side which functions beneath the level of individual awareness. Thus a person can feel pain, anger or happiness, without being consciously aware that he or she is doing so. This filter system consists of a moral code, or value system-the sense of right and wrong, good and bad, worthy and worthless--operating in individuals.

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