In any case, people just don’t want freedom, now.
I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking: "sure they do; this is America." But that only means you don’t grasp the distinction he’s making in that statement. He’s not asserting that people don’t think they want freedom; they most certainly do. After all; do we, or do we not live in "The Land of the Free?" You’ve heard me say it, but always in scare quotes.
What Billy is really asserting is that people no longer have a clear grasp of what freedom is. They literally can not properly define it, and I could bet my life on that with little fear. I think he’s right about that. I also think that state of affairs will perpetuate politically until such time as people, one by one, understand that they are not remotely close to being free. That happened for me nearly two decades ago, now. For most born here in the last few decades, it will be the realization that they were never fee in the classic American sense of the term. Most people alive today have never known true freedom. They have been fed two lies. The big lie from the left is that "true" freedom is to be found in reaping all possible benefit from the most productive, but on terms exclusively dictated by the least productive, non-productive, or parasitic. The big lie from the right is that we’re already — Bless Jesus and praise the Lord — "free," and putting them in power will hold the forces of [ungodly] evil in check.
Everyone in the pursuit of "freedom:" the world’s greatest-ever spectacle of the blind leading the blind. Bea asked me last night, as we walked through St. James Park, why the bums often seem happier that "normal" people. My reply was that for lack of everything in life they might desire, they’re free compared to most people. They live outside the system, so that’s not much of a bother to them, and they haven’t done all the things people are "supposed" to do like wrap themselves in a highly leveraged mortgage, take on 50% of their annual pay in credit card debt living above their means, or taking on a lifestyle that leaves them perpetually two paychecks from the streets.
Being poor and at the mercy of good will is not exemplary freedom, but it’s closer than the idea most people have in their heads.
At the end of the day, I think the only thing left to do is illustrate what real freedom is. Of course, if we were to do that, it might make it worse. I think most people would find themselves afraid of it. In fact, I’m certain of that. I think the bums are the only ones not afraid of true freedom, anymore, and that’s damn little to start a revolution.