They don’t know anything else. Freedom of action without government permission simply does not compute for them. The bubble of insulating propaganda and self-congratulation puts virtual cotton in their ears. They are deaf to any concept of a non-police state social arrangement. Scratch a Republican or Democrat or Green or even a beltway Libertarian and they are either tone-deaf to freedom and liberty at the atomistic level or terrified of the implications for their power.
Afghanistan as a very anarchic country really short-circuits the Beltway meme that ALL humans wish to be corralled into tax jurisdictions and looked after by benevolent police states that will fine, kidnap, cage, maim or kill any cattle that don’t comply with the program.