Adventures in Freedom
Kaz Dziamka Privately
Published 9781450753005, $16.00
When Kaz told me he was publishing Adventures In Freedom, I didn't have a single doubt about enjoying it, so my enthusiasm to read it was there immediately. Kaz took over as editor of The American Rationalist in 1996, so I've been reading what he has published in the magazine for a very long time and have liked all of it because we're philosophical siblings. It would have been quite astonishing for me not to like his book; hence I wasn't surprised to like it as much as I do. Every person in the philosophical family of Freethinkers and Secular Humanists will like this book.
Who will not like this book? The Secular Humanists manque who, like Christopher Hitchens, believe W. Bush's War On Terror is practicing Secular Humanism's principles will not like this book. Religionists definitely will not like this book. Flag-waving jingoists who believe the United States possesses cultural supremacy and therefore has a right to global hegemony will not like this book. The members of the boards of directors and the senior officers of corporations will not like this book.
Kaz is a Polish American who arrived in the U.S. in 1981. Before experiencing the real United States, he had believed all the PR bullshit about it being a Land of the Free. All those lies were quickly exposed, which is why Adventures often expresses the betrayal that all Freethinkers and Secular Humanists in the U.S. resent-sometimes sadly, sometimes bitterly, sometimes angrily, but also with the hope that there's still time to change the road we're on. His academic career as a college professor was distinguished for having taught the first two courses on Secular Humanism in the U.S. and being fired each time for being uppity enough to do it, by the same college! Adventures has essays about this "achievement". Any reader who believes the U.S. is a Land of the Free should read this tale and honestly ask this: could such punitive suppression of information in a college have happened in an authentic Land of the Free?
The essays in Adventures are eclectic because Kaz has "often thought that one of the main reasons the humanist movement has not done well and is still far behind in popularity as compared with the fraudulent and silly religious dogmas of Christianity, for example, or Islam is that humanism does not offer much beyond exposing such fraud and silliness" (p. 30). Kaz understands that Secular Humanism is a life-philosophy, meaning it is a way of living instead of solely an intellectual analysis of culture and/or the cosmos. Adventures is...