It depends upon how you define freedom. If you believe freedom to be the ability to do anything at all then government by it’s very definition must limit freedom. To govern, which is the essential function of a government, restrictions must be imposed upon the choices and will of the people. How and when these limits are placed help determine the type of government. In oppressive forms of government value is placed upon the state at the expense of the individual.
As Thomas Paine wrote, “That government is best which governs least.” Which Thoreau expanded upon in ‘Civil Disobedience’ – “I heartily accept the motto, ‘That government is best which governs least’; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which I also believe–‘that government is best which governs not at all’; and when men are prepared for it, that is the kind of government which they will have.”.