This has nothing to do with government. This has everything to do with society. Government is merely a tool of society to make group decisions. Some societies say "hey, let this guy make those decisions". Those are called dictatorships. Others say "everyone should have some say". Those are more democratic. A government doesn't give you freedom, this is true. However, it does make sure that other members of society do not take it away from you. On the other hand, society itself does grant freedom.A government cannot give you freedom, it can only attempt to minimize the consequences for those who choose it. There are always consequences for choosing freedom, so most people don't choose it even in such governments. Basically, I deny that our freedom belongs to the government, and that it can bestow it upon us. It cannot give what it cannot completely take away. To assume such deifies the government and society to an unhealthy degree. Governments may try to oppress people, but they can only tighten their grip so much before they fall apart.
Being an outlaw is no way to live. Technically, to be an outlaw means that good citizens are supposed to kill you on sight, lest you take advantage of society's benefits. It's as much freedom as death is freedom from the chains of life.Can you tell me of a society in which outlaws never existed, or in which 100% of them were found and prosecuted?
A segment of society disagreed with the way the governing authority was using the powers granted to it from society. They moved to change the government. The government (and segment of society which supported it) acted to protect itself. Could the rebel just walk into the government building with impunity? Then how was he truly free?And tell me this... if they truly took people's freedom away completely, how did the bands of rebels ever organize? Because they already had freedom on some level, though it was officially punished, despite the attempts to limit it. They can only discourage the use of freedom, not take it away.
Ya - I'm never going to claim the South is a free society.You may shoot me in the head for speaking my mind, but you cannot stop me from doing it in the first place. That's a risk even in America. Remember Martin Luther King?
I don't understand what your point here is. Please clarify.Islamic countries may seem restrictive because a woman can't leave the house with her face uncovered, but guess what happens in America if a woman leaves the house with her breasts uncovered, or a man leaves the house with no pants on? It's not that different if you think about it... it varies only in degree. Even so, I'm sure there are people that have streaked in Islamic countries despite the consequences (though they were probably killed, admittedly). People are crazy. Assuming that you can control people with laws that have rationally undesirable consequences, or give them freedom by not discouraging it officially, is to assume more rationality and respect than you can assign to human beings.