Yes, many organizations and governments are oppressive and need to be voted and fought against. But true freedom of choice is a state of mind.
How can you tell? In any community, regardless of circumstance, you can find people who bear the burden of the rules around them differently. There are those who rail against limitations by putting limitations on others. Those who squander the freedoms they have by lamenting the freedoms they don’t. And some who simply give up.
A glass-half-empty person can die of thirst.”
By contrast there are those who find whatever choices they have and use them to make a difference and feel purposeful. Those who use their passion for their own freedoms to champion the freedom of others. Those who choose to value the laws that protect freedom of choice for more people, instead of fewer.
What freedoms do you value most? What choices do you make to use it? How do you work to expand it so others can enjoy it too?
That is the state of mind that ensures that freedom survives.