Synopses & Reviews
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.
"In this intermittently amusing but excessively long sequel to How to Be Idle: A Loafer's Manifesto, British author and editor (the Idler) Hodgkinson states upfront that his goal is to present a philosophy for everyday life based on 'freedom, merriment and responsibility, or anarchy.' Asserting that before the Reformation, 'England was one non-stop party,' he wants to overthrow modern Puritans and return to an approach to life that is basically 'having a laugh, doing what you want' and he provides alternatives to the many ills of the modern world such as those listed in the book's title. The main problem is that many of Hodgkinson's topics end up being played for easy laughs in one chapter titled 'Forget Government,' the message is 'Stop Voting,' while in another on 'Submit No More to the Machine, Use Your Hands,' his main advice is 'Use a Scythe.' When he does try to move beyond laughs and explain how his philosophy can cause 'a radical redefinition of human relationships' based on 'local needs' instead of 'global capitalism,' he never quite explores how this would happen in the real world, relying instead on grand statements (in a chapter called 'Stop Working, Start Living') such as 'A spade, a saw and a chisel, that is all you need to be free.'" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
In this delightfully irreverent follow-up to his acclaimed "How to Be Idle," Hodgkinson shares his musings on what it means to have true independence and what it takes to achieve happiness through freedom.
About the Author
Tom Hodgkinson is still doing what he's always done, which is a mixture of editing magazines, writing articles, and putting on parties. He was born in 1968, founded The Idler in 1993, and now lives in Devon, England. He is also the author of The Freedom Manifesto.