Are these the marks of a free society? Hardly.
As Callahan points out, "We've now gotten to the point where Nazi Germany was, say, in 1934. Remember, at that time, if you had told a typical German what his government would do over the next ten years, he would have looked at you as a madman."
For an even simpler explanation - complete with pictures - check out the cartoon version of F. A. Hayek's The Road to Serfdom here.