It is a long standing rule of thumb that a free society allows whatever is not prohibited and that the list of prohibited things and actions is kept to a size small enough to be obeyed by reasonable people of good will.
Whether such a free society must be a democracy is debatable, as many other forms have had greater amounts of freedom than most modern democracies.
What is not as widely admitted, although it is abundantly clear, is that America and other Western countries have failed this rule of thumb for many years, and seem to be moving rapidly away from anything that resembles freedom in all but name.
It doesn’t matter who sits in the Executive office or in the national Legislature or the top Judicial body — every Western nation is measurably less free today than they were 50 or 100 years ago, seemingly with the goal of a New Aristocracy or a Fascism 2.0.
In future posts, I hope to explore some ideas of how we got here and, perhaps, what We the People can do about it.