Lew: The ngram viewer produces a telling trend when one searches on the word “liberty.”
The general downward trend since 1800 seems to inversely correlate with the growth of the state. No surprise there. But it levels off and seems to be upticking in 2000. Yes, I’m an optimist! We have so much ground to gain, as the state itself shows signs of collapsing under its own weight — and the people raise their voices for FREEDOM!