The illusion of freedom
We feel free.
Free to choose which movie to watch as long as it's approved for public broadcasting.
Free to engage in any business we choose as long as it follows proper regulations.
Free to get rich as long as it's by legal means.
Free to put children into public schools where they get a standardized education that will condition their behavior for the rest of their lives.
Free to meet with someone as long as the meeting is scheduled over an electronic device.
Free to express any opinion as long as it does not offend anyone with power over us.
Free to access any content and shop without going outside.
Free to bank anywhere as long as you meet KYC requirements.
Free to deposit a fixed amount to avoid monthly fees.
Free to consume alcohol and tobacco to mark a celebration.
Free to buy coffee anywhere we want as long as it gets us ready to work.
Free to choose any medical coverage we can afford.
Free to buy purchase cancer-causing produce.
Free to harm ourselves but only if we do it in a way that benefits public corporations.
Free to believe we choose to do any of the above by our own free will.
What freedom is:
Not acting as a result of coercion, deception and subversion.