Shallow intellects use words like “freedom” with impunity and unmatched gusto. They will rant and rave about this term, and others like it, until blue in the face and demand you accept their unequivocal existence in whatever culture the person happens to occupy. This isn’t a new phenomenon. Every society has had their majority share of drones parroting jingoistic rhetoric without a moment’s hesitation or forethought.
The brilliance, albeit unfortunate brilliance, of propaganda is that it is manufactured to be so easily imbibed by most who content themselves with mere superficial, subjective interpretations of their surroundings.
No empire, and make no mistake that merica is an empire, has survived without the grease of blind submission turning the wheels of its culture. Here, we have empty rhetoric magnetized to the backs of cars, “Support Our Troops!”, meaningless drivel pouring headlong out of every public figures mouth, “Freedom!”, and outrageously egotistical annunciations punctuating every other speech, “God Bless America!”
Delving, even casually but skeptically, into the american system proves something much to the contrary of the “official story,” according to most americans. Our country has, and continues, to incite and exacerbate conflict throughout the world, particularly in the mid-east and south america. Our corporate owners/elected officials have been tirelessly at work - for more than a century - assimilating(more often than not through violence) the rest of the world into the american system of business which is wanton exploitation for labor at home and damn near slavery for labor abroad.
Our country has, for three decades, waged a war against drugs which has given rise to a global black market plagued by violence, collateral damage, and windfall profits for the prison-industrial complex and the military-industrial complex.
To set aside any grievances I may take with our country abroad for one moment, we here in the homeland tolerate millions of homeless children, millions of homeless veterans(the same people who the loudest and proudest claim to “support”), and millions of people going hungry each day. People in Detroit are fighting to have access to water and people who claim to love freedom will spit and say, “good, fucking lazy bums.” Though I ask, how much freedom can one have without clean water?
This country’s so-called freedom is predicated on a variety of factors which inhibit members of this society in varying ways. Chief among these inhibitors to freedom is purchasing power. Followed by this are the usual anachronisms carried on by the bigoted and bitter: things such as race, gender, sexual orientation, etc.
Don’t come talking to me about freedom and how great this country is because trust me: I have no fucking idea what you’re talking about.