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Although this may appear a dated book from the perspective of our relatively free secular country (UK), one should view it as a pertinent reminder of the many theocracies (e.g.Israel, Iran, Saudi Arabia)using the influence of religion as a tool to control and brain-wash the population into compliance. Likewise it attacks the state control on the individual liberties and suppression of freedoms which are just as relevant today. Although it is repetative in parts and often reads as a generalised "rant against the machine", if read with an open mind it reminds us now of the ever present dangers of state control even in "liberal and free Democracies" such as the USA where religious propaganda backed by state and media act to limit individual freedoms and dumb-down the mass population into unthinking Robots. All Power corrupts, and the political powers invested in Religion and the State should always be questioned and limited. This book is a useful introduction to free thinking and raises questions about the damaging role of Religion in society and the nature of individual freedom from state control.