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Limitation on freedom

What should we answer?
We know it so well, and we really don't want to. Therefore, we are at odds with our own feelings when we act as blind to the destruction of nature.

With climate and biodiversity as enormous threats to our existence, more and more people can realize that culture must undergo a major transformation. But where is the avant-garde that can unravel the societal and planetary complexity so that it is understood by all of us while instilling hope that another world is possible? Who can carry the revolutionary torch from past experiences of victory and defeat, and show us the way forward? These are questions that the 100 year after the Russian Revolution may be appropriate to ask.

In their new book What should we answer? sociologist Rasmus Willig and philosopher Arne Johan Vetlesen list nine examples of how modern man has fallen into a trap and been captured in consciousness. The authors formulate a new concept of freedom to be formulated under the heading «restriction», on the grounds: «otherwise there is no freedom». According to the authors, it is necessary for man to liberate himself from the nine different ways of being captured, so that we can again "get wings" and "regain [our] freedom and thus increase [our] chances of survival".

The trapped man. Vi lever ifølge forfatterne i en illusion og i et håb om et teknologisk fix der kan redde os ud af den samfundsordning og livsstil som vi godt ved . . .

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Niels Johan Juhl-Nielsen
Juhl-Nielsen resides in Copenhagen.

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