Our Great Grandfathers would be ashamed of us.
We’ve achieved wild prosperity, stuff they’d never have dreamed of. Amazing luxury that historically, humans never even hoped for, is now considered a right.
In spite of all that, we have lost a ton of freedom.
In the medieval world the average peasant didn’t have much. It was a daily struggle to survive in a world where violence was more common, and food was more scarce than it is now. But the average peasant pretty much got to do as he pleased most days. You got up, got to work, worked with your family, then got to bed to have the strength to do it again. You didn’t have to worry much about the King. Once a year or so some pantalooned twit who represented the King would come through your village and demand you pony up a few chickens and maybe a pig as taxes to support the war effort in France, but then you got on about your business. Certainly the King wasn’t sending troops out to ensure that you baked a cake for the village weirdo. The King also didn’t dictate to you, down to the textbook, how your children should be educated. And the King didn’t demand that you switch to using pronouns that he just made up that Saturday evening, OR ELSE!
Through most of American history the idea of being deprived of arms was insulting. Yet here we are, in the wake of the Vegas Massacre, having people seriously propose forcing people to endure TSA style screening just to check into a hotel. At least 49% of our neighbors have completely lost their minds.
You’re house is not really yours anymore. This is most especially true if you live under a homeowners association. Some especially tyrannical jurisdictions give WWII veterans a hard time for flying an American flag on their porch. But even in the freest portions of America, you have to get a blessing from your overlords to build a shed in your back yard.
Your time, your money, your life your children: It’s all for the collective now. As Americans, we still enjoy great freedoms. Unless you live in Chicago, then you have no freedom at all. No fundamental right to self-defense. As Americans, we live under some of the most repressive financial regulations in the world. Don’t believe me? Try opening a bank account in a foreign country. Let me know how that works out for you.
It’s time for us to assert our rights. The power that rules over us claims to be a “democracy” and is thus very weak. All we have to do, is start living independently, and encourage our neighbors to do the same. Once we reach a critical mass of people just saying “no” to Washington DC and (insert your state capital here) the busybody cowards that run our government agencies will be forced to find someone else to pick on.