|Welcome to RoR, Robert.|
I agree with you except for this:
As far as freedom, I can tell you that the only ones who are free are those who a truly ignorant of what the future holds, particularly if we, as a society, are unwilling to assume responsibility for our own wellbeing and continue to look to government to provide all. There is a particular sense of freedom (freedom from want, freedom from care, freedom from fear, etc) where what you said seems right, but that is not the same kind of freedom being referred to in the rest of this thread. I would argue that it isn't even a coherent kind of freedom. It's like a freedom from existence, or something like that.