The problem is that the rules in the States are ambiguous, open to the interpretation of those with the money and the power, those able, through their commercial, industrial, economic influence and concomitant contributions to their special interests, to manipulate, to sway, to own those who make the rules, the politicians.

In much of the world, the laws are arbitrary, reliably erratic. There is no question who can get away with what, and what to do if one does get caught. When the rules are arbitrary; so is the punishment.

Arbitrary is more easily navigated than ambiguous. If one has only one choice, deviation is possible; freedom, is calculated as risk. Here in the States, one has many choices, but all of them have their insidious hazards, rendering any choice at all fraught with peril.

Only in the States is offense taken as right. One is only free insofar as one agrees with and emulates the status quo.

Elsewhere, just because one is offended does not mean that one is right. Rightness is based on the strength of one’s argument, not on one’s simple disagreement with the opinion of another or others.