From Freedom to Slavery, The Rebirth of Tyranny in America. (St. Martin’s Press, N.Y. 1993)
“Gerry Spence’s righteous anger, frustration, and wrath come through in every knockout punch and strike-out pitch he throws in this wonderfully written screed. Like the prophets of old (such as Jeremiah) and the prophets of modernity (such as Rachel Carson), Spence enrages with this work of future shock. Heed Gerry Spence’s words-they may indeed be apocalyptic. You cannot not read this book.” -Alan Dershowitz
“The Wyoming eagle writes about power and justice again-this time, in a fluid and lyrical style. He does not make you think. Better, he makes you want to think.” -Ralph Nader
“Let’s hope that Mr. Spence will open the eyes of not only the slaves themselves but those who would enslave them. You don’t have to agree with everything said by this great man, but there’s something in this book for each of us.” -Miles Lord, Former Chief Judge of the District of Minnesota.
From Freedom to Slavery is the chilling prophecy of one of America’s most original and fearless defenders of freedom, a book written with the passion of Thomas Paine. Brittle and profoundly disturbing, From Freedom to Slavery is destined to become a classic for the eloquent case that it makes: that we have delivered our freedoms to a new master, the corporate and governmental conglomerate, which Gerry Spence calls “the New King.”
Spence, whose many trials include the Karen Silkwood case, has developed over the years a legendary rhetorical style that summons up the spirit of Clarence Darrow. Here, in this radical departure from his four previous, court-related books, he presents a most vivid and compelling premise: that in America, we have achieved the Orwellian prediction-enslaved, the people have been programmed to love their bondage and are left to clutch only mirage-like images of freedom, its fables and fictions.
The new slaves are linked together by vast electronic chains of television that imprison not their bodies but their minds. Their desires are programmed, their tastes manipulated, their values set for them. Whereas the black slave was chained to a living master, the new slave has become a digit, a mere item of production that is expended by an invisible master without heart or soul.
From Freedom to Slavery is a powerful and penetrating call to awaken from the insidious and enshrouding bondage that threatens the survival of American society. It is a plaintive and eloquent cry from a Westerner who mourns what America has lost in it reckless adoption of a free-spending, high-tech lifestyle, and a plea from one of America’s most profound thinkers that we finally begin the painful task of examining ourselves. With Thoreau-like purity, Spence argues that such an awakening is the first step to freedom, for unless we understand our enslavement, we cannot reject it; unless we become aware of our imprisonment, we cannot free ourselves. From Freedom to Slavery is such a vital and clarion call.