Lots of talk about freedom but it is heard differently by throe with different world views. There are two kinds of freedom implied by most discussions, . The first is the freedom to spend your money any way you want which requires a financial system that protects wealth and market machinery that allows transfer from one activity to another. It comes close to allowing you to dump waste in the stream that runs through your property or to pay people to work for you the lowest amount you can get them (motivated by need, hence not free) to accept.
I’ve been thinking about “freedom” in light of the recent “freedom convoy” trucker protests. There are a great many working class Americans who gravitate to the Republican Party at least in part because they like the emphasis on “freedom.” And I think part of that may come down to the fact that they’ve experienced very little genuine autonomy in their working lives. They’ve been subjected to dehumanizing working environments that have robbed them of their creativity and intrinsic motivation. In other words, efforts like the “freedom convoy” are, at least in part, an exercise in deficiency-need gratification (in the Maslow sense). The irony is of course the Republican Party, despite its mantra of “freedom,” is perhaps the most active defender of the dominator hierarchies that have left these workers feeling sapped of their autonomy in the first place.