Abso-effin-lutely! I wish more people were aware of this!
Yes, because freedom involves making personal choices. In a totalitarian or autocratic society, the choices are made by others, the people or person in power, not the individual.
YES - would you give freedom to a 2 year old? 12 year old? 18 year old? 30 year old? (Now mind you I am speaking in generalities - not of people's maturity.)