Give Me Liberty: Freeing Ourselves in the Twenty-First Century

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Macmillan, 1999 M10 15 - 384 pages

Here, in this landmark personal work, Gerry demonstrates how, despite the democratic rhetoric we hear and believe, we have become enslaved. All of us are trapped by a complex web of corporate and governmental behemoths he calls the "New Slave Master" That today controls our airways, educates our children, and manages every facet of our lives.

Yet, far from being a pronouncement of gloom, Give Me Liberty! is an inspiring and visionary work. In the spirit of his bestselling How to Argue and Win Every Time, Spence expounds on his philosophy, thus empowering us to:

Liberate the slave within, redefine success, unchain the spirit, escape the religions of work and beliefs that enslave us, free ourselves with what he calls our "magical weapon."

Like Thomas Paine's Common Sense, Give Me Liberty! captures the underlying malaise of a country, transforming it into a national dialogue that promises a groundswell for a meaningful democracy in America in the coming years.

 

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A portentous jeremiad against the state of American society. Spence (O.J.: The Last Word, 1997, etc.), America's best-known lawyer in a fringe jacket, asks here if we are free—and answers ... Read full review

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The bulk of Gerry Spence's Give Me Liberty! is devoted to conceptualizing present-day America as a slave state. Spence explains that people are enslaved today by corporations as much as African ... Read full review

Contents

Overture
3
Man the Enslaving Mammal
20
Recognizing the New American Slave
31
Women in Chains
40
Arguments for Slavery
47
The Enslaving Myth of Prosperity
55
The New Slave Master
74
The Slaves Revolt
92
Coming Home with Power
269
Life Under the New Pancake Government
271
The New Responsible Corporation
281
Three Strikes and Youre Out
283
Death for the Killers
285
Decentralization Not Annihilation
288
Locking the Revolving Door
289
New Warriors for the People
303

Overture
113
The Slave Within
120
Freeing the Spirit Releasing the Soul
132
Contents of Dreams
223
Judges for the People
325
The Dream of Dreams
336
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About the author (1999)

Gerry Spence has spent a lifetime representing the poor, the injured, and the forgotten. He has tried many nationally known cases, including the murder defense of Randy Weaver, the Karen Silkwood case, the case against Penthouse magazine for Miss Wyoming, and hundreds of others, both criminal and civil. He is the founder of the Trial Lawyer's College and is a well-known television commentator. He continues to practice law in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Spence is the author of nine books including How to Argue and Win Every Time, O.J.: The Last Word, The Making of a Country Lawyer, and From Freedom to Slavery.

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