Burning All Illusions : A Guide to Personal and Political Freedom

 

Burning All Illusions : A Guide to Personal and Political Freedom
Burning All Illusions : A Guide to Personal and Political Freedom
by Authors: David Edwards
Released: March, 1996
ISBN: 0896085317
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Sales Rank: 268064

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Burning All Illusions : A Guide to Personal and Political Freedom > Customer Review #1:
Getting closer

The book is an interesting read. Far from blaming media or government for the worlds problems,as some have suggested, it blames the system in which these institutions are founded. (to put it simply)The analyses of the propaganda system and consumerism is excellent, and quite insightful. I am pleased to read someone espousing the virtues of doubt. It is interesting that he doesnt apply this doubt as rigorously to his new beliefs as he does his old ones. He falls into the traps about which he is presumably warning readers. He automatically assumes that suffering is a moral bad and therefore falls into the same trap as his beloved Buddhism. Even though he occasionally quotes Nietzche he ignores his teachings about suffering with a tone that reveals unquestioning belief in the evil of suffering. All the while, he encourages the reader to question unquestionable beliefs, because it is not "reason"able to hold views in that way. I also find it interesting that his reaction to a flawed system is decidely consumeristic. Instead of trying to fix a thing (in this case a system that needs to get rid of externalities to be more equitable), it is much more expedient to simply throw it away and get a new one.lt;pgt;On the whole, a worthwhile read as long as you do listen to Edwards and doubt.


Burning All Illusions : A Guide to Personal and Political Freedom > Customer Review #2:


Indispensible lucidity that transcends intellectualism

To the other reviews, i would add that this is of the kind of writing that is hard to find after ca. 1930 - one of those rare reminders that the voice of a whole, balanced person is not a neutered voice but a bracingly strong one. Page for page, the writing is easy to read but instantly provides a deep and complex mirror for your own life - kind of like D.H.Lawrence (as an essayist) combined with Gary Zukav. lt;pgt;If that seems a stretch, its an important one to make - e.g, Edwards treatment of Chomsky by way of Joe Campbell is indispensable. Best of all, Edwards works great references and a keen sense of cultural history into this liberating screed, without ever leaving the here and now for the airy heights of intellectualism, a la Irrational Man or Colin Wilson, etc. lt;pgt;Do yourself and every other living being a favor and give this a shot - its closer to a Western Mahabharata then anything else youre likely to find. I feel John Lennons ghost smiling every time i crack this book open.


Burning All Illusions : A Guide to Personal and Political Freedom > Customer Review #3:
Overly idealistic and paranoid

When I first started reading "Burning All Illusions" I went into it with an open mind. As I continued my pursuit of "freedom" I was more than annoyed to find yet another book that does nothing but complain about the government and the media. I seems that the media has become the great modern scapegoat, always blamed when there is a problem in society that no one wants to tackle head on. "Burning All Illusions" is no exception to this trend. If there is a social problem from poverty to alienation, it is the government or the media who are at fault, not the public. Any solutions to Edwards alleged grievances are overly idealistic and unable to be implemented. I dont know why Edwards thought that the world needed another cliché commentary on modern society, but he has provided one.


 
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