“I believe that liberty is the only genuinely valuable thing that men have invented, at least in the field of government, in a thousand years. I believe that it is better to be free than to be not free, even when the former is dangerous and the latter safe.
I believe that the finest qualities of man can flourish only in free air – that progress made under the shadow of the policeman’s club is false progress, and of no permanent value. I believe that any man who takes the liberty of another into his keeping is bound to become a tyrant, and that any man who yields up his liberty, in however slight the measure, is bound to become a slave.”
Anything that limits your freedom also limits your opportunities. Any new government program limits freedom, adds to the docile herd of dependent classes, and reduces your opportunities to live without "government assistance".
I recently read Heinlein's Farnham's Freehold, a story about a man who would rather eke out a threadbare existence in freedom than live in posh comfort as a slave. That's me as well, but there's a problem. Freedom requires frontier. You can't fight 300 million people who want to live the slave life. If you don't think freedom, with all its risks and dangers, is preferable to slavery, then there's nothing I can say to convince you otherwise. And I'm certainly not The Chosen One, a charismatic leader who can lead his children to the promised land of freedom. You'll have to find your own freedom.
So where lies frontier? If I knew, I'd beat feet to get there. Space perhaps, or floating ocean colonies, or rebuilding the world after an apocalyptic meteor collision.