This is a slightly different post than you've come to expect from me. While I always want my writings to be informative, educational, inspiring and illuminating in some manner, I do my best not to be overly pedantic, close-minded or political.
So, I believe that what you're going to gain from this post will definitely be informative and educational. I hope it will be illuminating. But, I don't think it will be inspiring or at least not inspiring in the way I usually want to inspire readers and to be inspired myself.
I am also not being pedantic and I believe my mind is open (like the parachute, the mind only works when it's open). And, while the actual topic could be construed as political in nature, I am not espousing any position, supporting or denigrating any candidate or current elected government politician at any level of government.
The purpose of this post is simply to encourage you, the reader, to gain a better understanding of the forms of governance operating in our world and how they impact people and the, so-called, concept of "Freedom." I contend that politically, we are not a free society, or at least we are not a free society as the phrase is bandied about. I find it to be an oxymoron to call a society free when there are tens of thousands of laws, regulations, ordinances, rules, covenants and so on, that all the, so-called, "free people" must live under, obey, adhere to and comply with.
I dare say that the statement that we are the freest country in the world is a misstatement of reality. When you think back to some 4,000 or so years ago, the Jews basically had Ten Commandments or laws, if you will, that constituted the foundation of their governance. It would be my guess that there weren't even a small fraction of the laws that were part of the underlying causation of the French Revolution and, certainly, while there were injustices and unfairness, including taxation without representation, that precipitated the American Revolution to gain independence and, so-called, freedom from England and the monarchy, I doubt that the laws on the books were a pittance compared to modern day America.
The point being that we need to all have at least a reasonable basic knowledge and understanding of the various kinds of political, governing systems that rule the countries of our world. And even further, to understand how these systems each impacts us and our quest for personal freedom. This isn't a matter of Republican or Democratic or Libertarian or Socialistic or Communistic or Fascist or any other kinds of political parties. It's an understanding of the system that is the foundation for these parties and factional groups and organizations to exist and control societies, "free societies" or otherwise.
So, recently, a fellow in Texas (yes, the Great Republic of Texas), by the name of Jim Foreman posted the following YouTube link on a Yahoo group we both participate. I watched this 10-minute video and found it very elucidating. It's basically a primer or a recap of 10th grade Civics. Unfortunately, much of this, perhaps none of this is currently being taught. And, also, unfortunately, many of us as 10th graders weren't as focused on this as we were on rock and roll, girls/boys, popularity, souping up our cars and high-school sports back then. So, I present this for your information and education (reeducation) and hope you gain what I did. You may change some of your thinking and understanding of exactly where we stand in this concept of "freedom."