Throughout history government has been used as a mechanism whereby the strong could live off of the weak. It still is. The masses have made improvements over the centuries. Slavery is no longer legal in most places. In biblical times, slavery was so common that nothing was ever written about it being cruel and immoral.
In the United States today, government is used mostly to rig markets in favor those who are strong politically. The public at large feels freer than it actually is. Freedoms exist to the extent their exercise does not interfere with more powerful people’s ability to make a profit.
Do not be surprised at how many freedoms you will be expected to surrender when the economy worsens.