I agree with pretty much everything said thusfar. I'd also add that I don't think people even really want (or need) freedom. They think they do, but when they're exposed to real freedom they're impotent and incapable of functioning. Obviously you have to consider varying meanings of freedom for various types of people, but ultimately peoples' minds are finite and they come to a place of feeling free by overcoming relatively small (in the grand scheme of things) but significant obstacles. Who knows, eventually maybe all obstacles can be overcome, but that state of freedom doesn't come from importing freedom into your life or your society, it comes from freeing your mind and life from the obstacles they are already constantly plagued with. The internet is a perfect example of a freedom that people think they want, but certainly don't need. Most people treat the internet like a playground for overloading on stimuli, and the result is that instead of the quality of the stimuli being most important (good music, talented people, intelligent people, good movies), the quantity of the stimuli becomes the focus (how much music, how cheap, how many monkeys spinning how many plates). In reality this becomes life threatening, like the consequences of global warming, whereas I think for all of us our core value systems are based on selectivity by necessity, the things we care about and pay attention to are simply better to us than any other option. Unfortunately there are a lot of people (politicians, corporations, popular media) that profit by deceiving us of this simple fact; we already know what we fucking want, we don't need you to tell us what that is or offer us an unlimited amount of it and/or versions of it. In this case opting for "freedom" really is enslavement.