Contrary to the beliefs of some people freedom is not the default condition of humanity. In fact, depending on what model of human social grouping you believe in you might be inclined to believe that freedom is an unstable condition that appears very infrequently and disappears almost immediately.
After all, the great majority of people throughout recorded history have lived under regimes that barely understood what the concept of freedom even meant. The agrarian societies of antiquity, Egypt, Mesopotamia and China were monarchies that incorporated a temple priesthood to reinforce the godhood of the emperor or king or pharaoh or whatever they called their head monkey. And they had an army to put muscle behind it in case religion wasn’t enough to keep the peasants in line.
Only a few times a millennium an Athens or an America breaks out. Interestingly, it seems to me that it only happens when a middle class appears. Whether that is Athenian merchants or Roman small farmers and traders or English yeomen moving to North America it seems to be town people in the middle of nowhere discovering that they can band together to protect their own interests without the God-King.
But what inevitably happens is the aristocrats discover a way to re-establish the empire. They rebuild the temple by calling it the bureaucracy. And pretty soon Athens is run by the Four Hundred and Rome by the mega landowners and America by the Fortune Five Hundred and their animatronic Biden. Even the end of empire doesn’t spell freedom. When Rome fell you might think that would allow for freedom to reappear but if you look at the history of the dark ages any local freedom was at the whim of chieftains, nobles and bishops who mostly took their cut of what peasants produced and provided “protection,” such as it was, from even more rapacious forces such as the Northmen and Saracens.
So, freedom is fragile. And it’s relative. Fifty years back we had almost unlimited freedom. Freedom of speech, mostly fair elections, the right to bear arms, freedom of association and freedom of religion. And in addition, we had amazing prosperity and modern conveniences (telecommunication, rapid transit, air flight) that Caesar Augustus or any of the other ancient rulers would have assumed were only within the purview of gods. If today we lost most of our freedom but were guaranteed the standard of living we had, most Americans would complain a little and then go back to sleep. So, freedom from want is a freedom that most people don’t enumerate.
Another one is the freedom to raise a family that will be there after you’re gone. That’s one of the freedoms we see disappearing in the United States. And to my mind that may be the deal breaker for a lot of people. After all, what’s the use of living comfortably if it’s at the expense of having a family? That’s the swap that a lot of Millennials have made. They’ll get an Obama phone, an EBT card, a universal basic income, free porn and Section 8 housing and mindlessly squander what’s left of their lives and disappear from the Earth.
But for the people who want to leave descendants, what is the deal that is available? If the Left has its way, the only way to be part of the elect is to drink the Kool-Aid and join the club. You won’t be one of the Elite but you can work for them. What was the priestly caste three thousand years ago is what we call the managerial class today. You can be a bureaucrat at the IRS or the Social Security Administration. You’ll donate to the Democrats, buy a tote-bag from PBS and put a rainbow bumper sticker on your electric car. If you’re a little more talented you’ll be a middle manager at a Fortune Fifty company and send your child (hopefully a daughter) to Bryn Mawr or Smith College where she’ll be groomed to be a transgender studies professor.
If you’re hoping for your children to be normal people who will have children of their own then it becomes a lot less certain. And that’s the subject of this post. Where will you be able to go to try to give your descendants at least a part of the freedoms and prosperity that you were given by your parents in America?
And in terms of them getting everything we were given the answer is there isn’t such a place. That world is gone for good. What you will be looking for is the best deal that’s available. So, in terms of prosperity, maybe that is still America. There is still a good deal of money sloshing around this place. The Elites need their lawns cut and their companies to be managed. There is money to be made if you’re not too picky about what you have to say and do. And if you’re in the right trade you might even be able to raise your kids the way you want, for the most part. So that’s something. You’ll have to keep a low profile on social media and be careful not to offend anyone really important. But a lot of what passes for the good life is still to be had in abundance if you know how to work around the system.
But are there other places just as good or better? I think there will be. Because I think there will be other places that may not be as prosperous as the United States but they may be more culturally attractive than America. Eastern Europe seems like an interesting place. They haven’t allowed the woke West to proselytize their children into joining the LGBTQ cult so far. Hungary has even shown their willingness to reject unlimited migration and even legislate to encourage their young people to raise families. A place like that should probably be looked at as an alternative if America sinks into global feudalism. Even some of the third world may turn out to be freer than America in the future. I hesitate to talk about Russia and China because those societies are hard to penetrate as an outsider. But it’s far from impossible to imagine that sometime in the future one or both of those places might provide opportunities for ex-pat Americans.
So, I don’t expect to see another United States appear in my lifetime or even in the lifetime of my great-great grandchildren. But what I think makes sense is to instill in my descendants the understanding of what to look for in a home. Look for stability, a little bit of prosperity and some kind of value system that embraces the idea of a middle class. With those things you can hope to thrive. Who knows you could get lucky and end up in the next “Land of the Free.”