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    Default Personal Freedom Rankings By Country 2014

    According to a new study from the Legatum Institute in London, The United States now ranks below 20 other countries on this measure.

    The freedom scores are based on polling data from 2013 indicating citizens’ satisfaction with their nation's handling of civil liberties, freedom of choice, tolerance of ethnic minorities, and tolerance of immigrants. Polling data were provided by Gallup World Poll Service. The index is notable for the way it measures how free people feel, unlike other freedom indices that measure freedom by comparing government policies.


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    I think that is a poor way of gathering the information. Asking how free citizens feel? Stupid way to conduct a study in my opinion.

    I think the list provided by Freedom House on an annual basis is pretty in depth, they base it upon seven categories: electoral process, political pluralism and participation, functioning of government, freedom of expression and belief, associational and organizational rights, rule of law, personal autonomy and individual rights.

    Therefore, since they are not asking about citizens feelings, and actually trying to base it upon facts, I personally believe it is more accurate. Still, US citizens are giving away our freedoms at an alarming rate for a false sense of security, we should be seen as a warning to other free countries in the world.

    Top Ten per Freedom House - 100 being a cumulative score and most free, with scores of 70 and above generally considered to be free countries, and countries 35 and below considered to be non-free. No method is perfect, but they put a lot work into theirs, so I think it is one of the best. The Fraser Institute in Canada does a economic freedom index that is well thought of by economists I believe, but I have never looked into it so I can't tell anyone for sure.

    1. Finland - 100
    2. Iceland - 100
    3. Norway - 100
    4. San Marino - 100
    5. Barbados - 99
    6. Luxembourg - 99
    7. Netherlands - 99
    8. Sweden - 99
    9. Canada - 98
    10. Denmark - 98

    Other countries of note:

    13. Australia - 97
    17. New Zealand - 97 (but according to the poll above, they FEEL the most free, and that is important, you got to admit!)
    19. United Kingdom - 97
    29. France - 95
    38. United States of America - 92
    179. China (PRC) - 18
    182. Iran - 17
    193. North Korea - 3

    And the least free country in the world? Somalia with an aggregate score of 2.
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    Also, if my memory has not given out on me, I believe the Scandinavian countries usually rate tops or close to the top in regards to being the happiest as well.

    Free AND happy. Might be a correlation.
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    I do find it interesting that the same people who call our current prime minister a freedom killer who's destroying the country are the first ones to point out that Canada ranks very high on these "freedom indices". It can't be both. Obama is held up as a saint and Harper is held up as some sort of Satan character yet the data tells a differenty story.

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    It is also SHOCKING that the article that went with the graphic on the Washington Examiner, was titled "Under Obama, U.S. Personal Freedom Slips Below France", and it wasn't included in the post.

    The article was not very complementary of Mr. Obama, but, it was a horribly written article to go along with the poorly executed study, so any Obama fans should not be worried, most people with any sense will dismiss it. I don't know much about the Washington Examiner, but at first blush, call me unimpressed.
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    Most Scandaniavian countries also have free healthcare and education.
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    Quote Originally Posted by It's Mike View Post
    I do find it interesting that the same people who call our current prime minister a freedom killer who's destroying the country are the first ones to point out that Canada ranks very high on these "freedom indices". It can't be both. Obama is held up as a saint and Harper is held up as some sort of Satan character yet the data tells a differenty story.
    Past the surprise at the popularity of the conservative movement in Canada at the time of his election, and his now almost unbelievably low approval numbers, I don't know enough about your PM to really comment. Except, man, he has really gone from hero to zero in the polls pretty quickly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    Past the surprise at the popularity of the conservative movement in Canada at the time of his election, and his now almost unbelievably low approval numbers, I don't know enough about your PM to really comment. Except, man, he has really gone from hero to zero in the polls pretty quickly.
    he was never super popular in the polls to begin with. In the last election they got 39% of the vote, in the election before that he got 38% of the vote. the last poll I saw had him at 33%. He basically maxes out in the low 40s (actually any party getting 40% of the vote is a lock for a majority government). He's a boring guy. But the next election will be the first interesting one in a while. Two of the parties have very skilled debators as leaders and the Liberals have the son of one of the more popular leaders in our history. Should be fun. If the economy is stong, I'm guessing Harper gets a 3rd term with the other parties splitting the left side of the political spectrum and the conservatives getting enough of the middle (people like me) to keep them in power.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    It is also SHOCKING that the article that went with the graphic on the Washington Examiner, was titled "Under Obama, U.S. Personal Freedom Slips Below France", and it wasn't included in the post.

    The article was not very complementary of Mr. Obama, but, it was a horribly written article to go along with the poorly executed study, so any Obama fans should not be worried, most people with any sense will dismiss it. I don't know much about the Washington Examiner, but at first blush, call me unimpressed.
    Shocking.

    I don't know how much stock I put in this polls on freedom to be quite honest. The truth is most governments have the ability to take away our personal freedom with a couple of pen strokes. The key is to elect people who would only use those powers under the most extreme circumstances.

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    That list posted also leaves out the other findings, that America is 10th overall in their Prosperity Index, up one spot from last year, and is mainly brought down by our lack of safety due majorly to being the world's police officer.
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    Canada was 5th overall in case you were curious Mike, but that was contingent on Bieber not being sent packing back to Canada. At that point you drop to 73rd.
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    Quote Originally Posted by It's Mike View Post
    I do find it interesting that the same people who call our current prime minister a freedom killer who's destroying the country are the first ones to point out that Canada ranks very high on these "freedom indices". It can't be both. Obama is held up as a saint and Harper is held up as some sort of Satan character yet the data tells a differenty story.
    Harper has nothing to do with it in this regard and politics is run very differently in Canada as opposed to the US. Canada also always ranks pretty high in many of these types of lists. Stephen Harper deserves absolutely no credit here. I am glad you like him, but he is a horrible prime minister and person - he deserves all the hate that he gets. He is done and won't win the next election, so that's something to look forward to at least.

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    I'll take the bait. Why is he a horrible person?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    Canada was 5th overall in case you were curious Mike, but that was contingent on Bieber not being sent packing back to Canada. At that point you drop to 73rd.
    damn. you guys want to keep him for a while?

 

 

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