While I personally lean a bit more towards the very mildly Libertarian side of things in my ideology, I am fully willing to admit that systems which provide greater or lesser degrees of freedom can be preferable under certain circumstances. For instance, during the Dark Ages, an authoritarian government which provided a person "freedom" from fear and harm in a dangerous world was preferable to democracy.
Today, there isn't as much of a need for that kind of thing, so our society has shifted to provide a much greater level of personal and political autonomy. There is nothing wrong with that.
Practicality ultimately determines what the "best" system, and the best degree of "freedom," for any given situation happens to be, IMO.
Unfortunately, however; it simply happens to be the case that people will occasionally get it wrong, and wind up supporting a broken and unsustainable system as a consequence of this. When this happens, the results generally tend to be disastrous on a long term basis.