Ryszard Legutko knows about freedom. He experienced a lack of freedom when his native Poland was under communism, and the State controlled everything. He felt the exhilaration of liberation when the captive nation was freed in 1989.
And now he senses the suffocating climate of freedom’s suppression by ideologues that proclaim freedom yet deliver what he calls the “tyranny of liberalism.” In his book, The Cunning of Freedom: Saving the Self in an Age of False Idols, the learned Polish philosopher explores the meaning of freedom and its abuse.
The book could not be timelier. Just think of the present political chaos.