“It’s a Free Country”
When I was little, kids were always saying, “It’s a free country!” Especially if they were bullies. I remember some kid punching me in the arm, and then saying, “It’s a free country!” and I just had no come back at all. He was right. It is a free country.
Kids like the idea of a “free country”, because they are always being told what to do. Don’t hit your brother. Don’t steal someone’s lunch money. Don’t run in the hallway! Kids live in a communist society, where their lives are completely ruled by adults. Sure they are taken care of, but they have very little freedoms. So the phrase, “It’s a free country,” is like living in Never Never land. For kids, freedom means anarchy.
And technically speaking, I guess freedom really does mean anarchy. I mean, if everybody’s free, then we can all just do whatever we want, right? But that’s not the kind of country I want to live in. Lots of people think that because I’m a libertarian, I want to live in a world without laws or rules. They think I want anarchy.
But if that’s “freedom” then I don’t want any part of it. I don’t want to live in Never Never Land, where there is a constant battle of life and death. I want to live under a government, run by adults. A government that protects us, and gives us rights, like free speech, and private property laws. I want to live under a government that strives to allow people as much freedom as possible, so long as they don’t steal from or hurt others. That’s the kind of freedom I like, and the kind of freedom that bullies hate.