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Common Sense: Occupation, Assembly, and the Future of Liberty by [Hind, Dan]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 173 KB
  • Print Length: 55 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Commonwealth Publishing (14 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007JUMJUS
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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Dan Hind displays a clarity in his political writing that would surely have pleased George Orwell. This well-written treatise has the courage to speak uncomfortable truths to our present society and confront popular delusions.

Hind doesn't pretend that challenging the status quo is easy. In fact he says, "Nonconformity in thought, a billion adverts tell us, is dynamic and fun. A billion adverts lie. The pursuit of truth in defiance of widely accepted errors is a kind of self-harm... To call things by their proper names makes a revolution in us before it changes anything else. If we are to be free, we must change, and to change is to kill some part of ourselves. It is no wonder that we hesitate."

I was very receptive to this book as it touched on many themes that I am currently thinking about a great deal, and it did so with great eloquence. Hind acknowledges that a writer can't conjure a readership into existence, but they can "speak to a state of mind, put into words something already felt". This is what the book did for me.

Hind discusses the fact that banks create money through lending. This is a crucial part of what money is, and how our financial system works, that far too few people understand. For those wanting to know more about this I would recommend reading 'Where Money Comes From' by the the NEF, or to look at the Positive Money website.

Hind takes on the notion of 'freedom' and the importance of reclaiming the idea in its fullest sense - which should encompass not just a "freedom from coercion" but "a freedom to shape the conditions or our shared life".
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good undergrad essay. That's about it
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4.0 out of 5 stars Uncommon Sense 11 April 2014
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A thoughtful exposition of what has become of our 'representative' forms of government within the community of nations - especially in England and the United States. A wake-up call inviting those of us who are not among the "one percent" or less of our kleptocratic (my name-calling, not the author's) oligarchies to step up to our responsibilities and use our freedoms to restore sustainable and equitable sharing of the actual and potential productivity of the "99 percent". I might have given this little book a five star rating had the author used more a more cogent style. His temperate language and forbearance are gentlemanly and commendable, but lack the fire that may be necessary to rally the broad middle class in America to organized political action on their own behalf. The legacy of Thomas Paines' COMMON SENSE deserves more. I hope that it will be forthcoming.
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