Freedom as a good and as subordinate to a good

Freedom as opposed to imprisonment is a good or desirable goal- which is exactly why it is a punishment to take away freedom in this sense. But freedom as opposed to the possession or doing of this as opposed to that is not a good or desirable goal, but a necessary means subordinate to a good. This is why freedom, considered outside of the question of imprisonment, is essentially a subordinate as opposed to being a good in itself.

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