Here in America it seems that most people have a very hypocritical understanding of ‘freedom’. Most people believe in the premise of “liberty and justice for all”, but it seems deep down we don’t believe this. On a micro level people don’t believe in the abolition of drugs because others can’t be trusted with ‘legal’ drugs. On a macro level America believes in controlling other people’s countries regardless of whether they pose a legitimate threat or not. I will elaborate on these below.
There’s a stigma associated with people who use certain “drugs” that are not sanctioned by the state. Most people have no idea that the drug war is completely illegitimate. Think about “Alcohol Prohibition”. It didn’t work because the demand never went away. Thus, black markets were started for liquor and violence ensued to handle disputes that courts would normally handle. I bring up the drug war as an analogy to freedom because the argument that people use in defense of it is that “…we can’t have a bunch of junkies on the street dragging down society…”. People assume that their neighbor, brother, aunt, or friend would just sit down and use drugs until they die. The fact is that historical lessons from prohibition can be applied to most, if not, all other drugs. Alcohol is addictive as well but you don’t see alcoholics everywhere. Instead you see social drinkers etc… and people who drink on special occasions. There are some alcoholics but these are fringe elements. The irresponsibility of a few does not warrant the projection of that fault on the rest of the population.
Likewise, people feel that certain other countries cannot be free because “… we don’t know what they would do”. They might attack our state or invade a friendly state. The fact of the matter is that it’s none of our business what they do. Most, if not all, of the enemies of America are a result of the thinking that they cannot be trusted with their own freedom. For example the Middle East cannot be trusted to give us their oil so we have to make them give us their oil. Afghanistan cannot be trusted to let us build a pipeline through their territory so we must occupy them forever. We cannot trust the Palestinians to elect the “right” government for them we we will choose to acknowledge the correct one for them. We cannot trust Iran to make it’s own power from it’s own resources so we will stop them from doing so.
So what I’m saying is that when people say the “Pledge of Allegiance” that most people don’t believe it. It’s a nice idea but it does not seem to fit in with the Imperial global policy that America is following. The nature of an Empire is to conquer other peoples who don’t submit. This logic automatically makes the needs of others secondary to the Empire’s ambitions.