The troops do not defend your freedom. I say this and I immediately offend numerous people. This makes rational discussion on the nature of US imperialism virtually impossible. I guess if you wave a flag, salute and repeat something over and over again, it magically becomes truth. But does it? This phrase of “the troops do not defend your freedom” offends people because it strays from realm of acceptable opinion. Tom Woods often says that there is a 3″ by 5″ card of allowable opinion and to stray from it means you are essentially committing a sin against the religion and deification of the State.
This phrase is important though because it starts a conversation, a dialog, on what it means to be free. It shines a light on the fallacy of US exceptionalism. It shows the immorality of thinking that the US can crush whom ever it wants abroad in the name of your freedoms. It spreads lies about how everyone else hates you because you are free (and not because you support a regime that annihilated their entire village because some sketchy intelligence said a suspected “terrorist” was hiding there).
The problem I have with the statist opposition to this claim is that their “counter argument” is always composed tripe emotive rhetoric. Their response to the accusation that the troops defend the interests of the political elite and not freedom is mostly guilt tripping and shaming. The funny part with this method of “refutation” by them is that they are talking to an anarchist. I don’t care about being unpatriotic, I care about truth. And when the US has a military presence in every nation except 46 of them, kills innocent civilians 90% of the time with drone strikes, starves over 500,000 children to death through trade sanctions, supports terrorist organizations or subsidizes nations that do support terrorists with tax dollars, I get a little miffed. When this grand defense of our “freedoms” is paid for by stealing, on average, 40% of the productive private sectors income year after year along with devaluing the purchasing power of their money through inflation to pay the military contractors, it’s hard to know what “freedoms” the troops are really defending. This supposed great American Experiment was founded on the following principle:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,”
The Declaration of Independence
Notice that the main point of government was to defend life, liberty and property. It’s pretty hard to stay true to that promise of defending all of that when you have a massive surveillance state that spies on every citizen and steals 40% of their private property. Especially when that is the very property you are sworn to protect. So when people say “the troops defend our freedom” I have to ask “what freedom? We’re just on long leashes. We are not free.”