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I have found a great many claims saying that in freedom in modern Republics, particularly the U.S., is a lie. Usually when people say this, they refer to one of two things:
A. The government taking too much control, creating programs to monitor the populace, controlling the economy, stripping people of firearms, enacting lots of laws, etc., or:
B. The government not taking enough control, because the democratic/capitalistic system of rather anarchistic freedom is self-defeating as corporations or parties establish dominance and manipulate the system.
Some people seem to use one or the other exclusively (particularly major U.S. political parties- both seem to claim one of these two arguments as the foundation for all of their actions), while others use them back and forth at will- stating that freedom is an illusion because the government restricts information, but also that freedom is an illusion because the government doesn't restrict corporations.
I think that the cause for these differing opinions come down to a fundamental different view of what "freedom" is- some comparing it to total anarchy, others to having a controlled state to protect the people with laws, others to something between the two.
What do you believe that freedom is? Do we have it? If not, how can we gain it?