A few days ago, I was having a political discussion with someone on our side of the cultural divide. I said something like, “If none of the red state leaders does anything to resist the unconstitutional changes being made then we might as well leave and go somewhere else.” His answer was that maybe we might leave out of protest or anger but we wouldn’t be going someplace where we would have more freedom than we have, even in this diminished America. And that got me thinking, “Is that true?”
Our complaint with what is going on is that we are being cheated out of the freedoms that were the defining qualities of this country. If we cannot have those freedoms here, where can we have them? If the answer is nowhere else then leaving would just be a matter of protest. So, this needs to be determined in order to know what is the reasonable course of action.
Knowing the fellow that I was talking to; I think he was specifically talking about the 2nd amendment. But I thought about all the things that are considered freedom in America. And that is a complicated calculation because some of the most cherished freedoms, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, the right to bear arms; are exactly the things that are under assault by the Left. But there are other advantages in this country that we might want to consider freedom. I remember during the Second World War the US government sponsored Norman Rockwell to produce public service ads that highlighted some of the American virtues that we all benefitted from, such as, the freedom from want, and the freedom from fear. As diminished as some of those things have become it is definitely important to look at what trade offs would exist if an American were thinking of leaving here. After all, as unequal as some of the enforcement of laws has been in the last few years it bears remembering just how non-existent justice tends to be in most of the world outside of the first world. Imagine demanding your rights from the police in Mexico or the Philippines.
So that is the first part of what this post, or these posts are about. But contingent on the answer to whether there is a freer place to go, there is a second question. If there is no better place to go then the next important topic is how can we maximize our freedom while living in this post-freedom America. And surely, I’ve talked about this a million times already but I want to look at it from a different perspective. It’s a new idea I’ve had. I have started calling it the “American Archipelago.” The concept is that we can look at all of our separate lives spread across the length and breadth of this continent as islands of freedom in a sea of darkness that is Woke America. We can walk in freedom on our own tiny preserve and we can visit each other in real life or in digital space and step from island to island and travel over this sea of darkness without being drowned in it. All we have to do is perfect our seamanship to avoid being drowned. I like the metaphor and plan to use it in a story I’m thinking about.
But for now, I’ll think a little bit about the answer to the question. Is post-freedom America still the freest place on Earth?