Harvard Book Store welcomes musician, activist, and bestselling author BILLY BRAGG for a discussion of his latest book, The Three Dimensions of Freedom. He will be joined in conversation by renowned legal scholar CASS R. SUNSTEIN. This event is co-sponsored by Mass Humanities.
We live in a world where strongman politics are rising; neo-liberalism has hollowed out political parties; and corporations have undermined democracy. Ordinary voters feel helpless to effect change, resulting in outbreaks of populist anger, and traditional platforms for debate are losing their viability as readers source information online.
In this short and vital polemic, progressive thinker and activist Billy Bragg argues that accountability is the antidote to authoritarianism, and that without it, we can never truly be free. He shows us that Freedom requires three dimensions to function: Liberty, Equality, and Accountability—and the result is a three dimensional space in which freedom can be exercised by all.
“The singer turned author has a flair for pamphleteering. . . . Our sole defence, Bragg urges, in prose that has a quiet musicality, is to embrace freedom in all three of its “dimensions”: liberty, equality and accountability.” —The Observer
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