You know, how the word "freedom" gets thrown around a lot. Everyone's fighting for this apex concept of human existence, pursue it in all forms. Freedom is always connotated as something unquestionably and undoubtly good, the goal of all goals.
I don't believe freedom actually exists. At least not in the sense most people think of freedom.
What is freedom? Can you touch it, feel it, evaluate it? What kind of freedom do we think about when we say we want to be free - physical, emotional, mental, societal, juridical, political, spiritual or all those combined? Is it really attainable, ever?
Problem with the whole concept here is, that freedom is but an illusion. We are all bound up in the tight wrapping of many factors ruling our lives, starting from laws of physics and continuing with the specifics of the functioning of the human psyche.
The latter is very important to realize the basical fault of all "fights for freedom". Every person is inevitably constrained by his own mind - and the choices he makes. Every person is influenced by outside circumstances and other people. The whole idea of freedom is actualy anti-free: it prohibits the person from not accepting it. The field where a human can operate with more or lesser degree of freedom is abysmally small. You're allowed to chose the brand of coffee to drink in the morning. You're allowed to vote for a select few candidates to represent the government that directs your life - or not vote at all and be all "anarchistic". You're allowed to change your position in space - with several restrictions, though.
However, in the real practice of real life, your freedom is actually continuosly assaulted and violated, thanks to the social contract of the society you live in. There is a price to pay for certain acts of free will - and there are rewards for stifling it.
Your own mind is repressing you. Tons of ideas that go through are heads are mostly described as weighing risks of following our natural desires, and once the risk is assesed by the mind to be bigger than the reward, we reluctantly brush it away and never do, never achieve, never stand up.
For our own benefit, to be fair.
In a political sense, it's all the same. There is no "free" world. There is no totalitarism or opression. There are only sated people and starving people. High levels of living, the multitudes of choices creates a delusion about the idea of a free will. We like to think that we are free because we can choose between 4894 colors of bedsheets, and that we can not fear retribution for calling the leader of our regime a moron. In this simplistic, twisted view we think that this is the epitome of human freedom, of spiritual openess... In contrary to those who's choices are more limited. But the underlying structure is still present - we function along a social contract, that limits "freedom" in return for stability and survival.
On a personal level, it's even worse. People are obsessed with themselves, perpetually battling their insecurities, setbacks, differences, trying to reach compromise and consensus within their own minds. Where is freedom in that, freedom from oneself? There is none. Even the last person on earth, with all his physical and societal freedom, wouldn't be free - forever trapped within the workings of his psyche, his ideas and hopes, and fears.
I know I'm not free, and it doesn't bother me. Doesn't upset me, for it's the natural order of things. Wild animals, which we love to portray as spirits of wilderness and freedom, in reality function along the strictest of codes written down in the proteins of their bodies. We're not free from our bodies either, from the bones and flesh that demand care, watch and guard, day after day.
But taking this all into account, people think that freedom is a vehicle to take responsibility from them, an anarchistic "order" where you can do everything and not be held accountable for it. Where you can splash your personality everywhere and unto anyone, a childish mentality of a spoiled brat. Look at those who yell "Give us freedom to /insert verb/!" They demand something from others. They can't create it themselves, they need to stomp on one thing in order to achieve their own. That's not what freedom is. That's being gripped by delusion. In the end, every "freedom" impedes on some other "freedom".
Law impedes on the freedom of a killer to kill. Religion impedes on another religion. Demands for equality impede on those who don't desire it. Etc.
Ergo, there is no freedom.
Only varying degrees of slackness in the vice-like jaws of reality.