A Republican politician (i did not catch his name) was making a campaign speech and made a statement to the effect that his Democratic opponent raises taxes which takes constituent’s freedom away.
Money allows a person a degree of freedom. Relative wealth *is* a kind of freedom. But this particular person walked the extra step and said that money *is* freedom, full-stop. It’s a clever rhetorical step that ties the Republican philosophy together quite neatly. If money is not a currency that can be freely used but rather “freedom” itself, you can see several Republican tendencies congeal into a philosophical stance.
“Freedom” is traditionally thought of as the ability to make one’s own choices. With a simple curve of the term’s usage, it becomes the resources to execute one’s choices.
By this logic, American freedom exists only for the wealthy and is dispensed on a sliding scale. Now I realize that this is often true in practice. However the last thing that holds this country from collapsing into full feudalism is that on the books, the law sees us as free and equal. As I can see, this is a distinction which will be evolving into something else in the years to come.