We ought to carefully consider who the real enemies of freedom are.
Freedom is overrated.
Here in India people have their freedom, but only 44% of the population has a toilet and plenty of people starve to death. Sanitation, education, decent policing and labour rights only seem to exist for a small portion of the population. India is an extremely dysfunctional, filthy, hypocritical, corrupt and incompetent nation. It has democracy, sure, and freedom of speech, but so much of the population lives with preventable diseases. So many people are exploited in ruthless and horrible ways. Trafficking of women and even slavery are common.
Since independence the Republic of India has not really accomplished much. Delhi doesn't have 24/7 electricity, despite the nation possessing nuclear weapons. The streets are covered in filth, homeless are everywhere and basic services are never fully functional. The government is full of thieves. At partition millions of people died in the brutal massacres committed by Sikhs, Hindus and Muslims.
So, all things considered, democracy hasn't worked out so well for India. Gandhi, Nehru and the others were ignorant idealists and maybe even hungry for power themselves. The British did a better job of running the subcontinent through an undemocratic colonial government than a native democracy ever managed. They screwed up plenty of times, sure, but they kept things together. They built solid well-engineered infrastructure and proper cities. The massacres of partition wouldn't have occurred if the British had maintained control for a few more decades.
That says something. Do you want freedom or do you want a decent standard of living and measure of safety?
In some cultures freedom comes with a lower standard of living, inept government and corruption on a level that infringes on people's basic necessities.
Elsewhere in Asia you can see how firm undemocratic governments and restricted freedoms were able to produce much stabler, healthier and safer countries: Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea and even Japan (post-WWII Japan was not really democratic). Even China is commendable in some ways because you can walk down the street in Beijing and not have to worry about getting raped or having to wade through human faeces, unlike Delhi.
This is why I've come to think "freedom" and democracy don't apply everywhere.
As time goes on and western democracies fail economically, I suspect a lot of people will feel likewise and might become favourable to enemy powers like China (I'm not saying I am, though I concede they get some things right). Just as the Great Depression led to fascism in Europe, so too will the west's unrepayable debts lead to depression and ultimately new Caesars who fix a lot of problems yet embark on dangerous campaigns of conquest to secure resources. Spengler predicted this would happen and it is uncomfortably unfolding as he thought it would.