Billy Bragg

presents

The Three Dimensions of Freedom

in conversation with CASS R. SUNSTEIN

This event includes a book signing

Date

Oct
1
Tuesday
October 1, 2019
6:30 PM

Location

Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

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.

About The Three Dimensions of Freedom

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.

Praise for The Three Dimensions of Freedom

"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

Billy Bragg
Billy Bragg

Billy Bragg

Stephen William "Billy" Bragg is an English singer-songwriter and left-wing activist. His music blends elements of folk music, punk rock and protest songs, with lyrics that span political or romantic themes. His music is heavily centered on bringing about change and getting the younger generation involved in grass-roots activist causes. His book Roots, Radicals and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World was a bestseller in 2016.

Photo credit: Andy Whale

Cass R. Sunstein
Cass R. Sunstein

Cass R. Sunstein

Cass R. Sunstein is currently the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard. In 2019, he won the Norwegian government's Holberg Prize, frequently described as the Nobel Prize for law, philosophy, and the humanities. During the Obama Administration, he led the White House's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, and so helped oversee environmental, civil rights, labor, and immigration policy. He is the founder and director of the Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy at Harvard Law School. Mr. Sunstein has testified before congressional committees on many subjects, and he has been involved in constitution-making and law reform activities in a number of nations. He is the author of many books, including Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness (with Richard H. Thaler, 2008), On Freedom (2019), and How Change Happens (2019).

Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138

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Co-Sponsored by Mass Humanities

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Mass Humanities conducts and supports programs that use history, literature, philosophy, and the other humanities disciplines to enhance and improve civic life in Massachusetts. Learn more at masshumanities.org.

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