Originally Posted by ElasticNinja
But this is a mindset, not actual freedom. I would agree that Europeans tend to look at things and go "Oh, thats too risky, that'll never take off", but Americans are no more free to try.
Tyrannical? I'm not sure American's understand the concept.
American's got upset that they had to help pay for a war waged for them, against New France. The British decided to expansion by the Americans, to reduce expenditure on defence, and this was not conductive to many individuals interests.
TL;DR, the story of one sided tyranny thats oft trumpeted is awful harsh.
Freedom is a perception, its a construct of the mind that can be validated by reality but does not need to be so yes by the fact we believe we are freer we are.
There was a lot more to it than taxes. Taxation with out representation was key but hardly the whole of it.
The fact we were prohibited from manufacturing goods with our resources for 1. That was to protect British manufactures from much the same thing that has happened with China and American industry today.
The French and Indian war was not fought on behalf of our colonists nor for their benefit, it was a minor front in an Empirical war between 2 world powers in Europe. On top of that most who fought on the Brit side were colonists.