|QUOTE (sivispacem @ Thursday, Jan 10 2013, 18:16)|
Having had a dig through one of the sets of combined meta-statistics, the US is actually slightly freer due to the lack of weighting on things like "firearm freedoms". If you remove them from the freedom statistic- I mean, come on, it's pretty much only the US where there's an enshrined right to firearm ownership- the UK and US are level pegging. If you remove freedom from taxation- which is a fundamental contradiction as taxation is part of the social contract for citizen membership of the state, and without state membership a citizen is effectively without rights at all- then the UK trounces the US. I can scarcely believe that the great capitalist nation of the US ranks significantly lower on business and property ownership than the "socialist" UK, can you?
But in the big one, the EIU "Democracy Index", the UK tops the US. Oh, and in the "Freedom from Corruption Index", too. And at least one of the Business Freedom indices. And the Freedom of the Press index. What were you all saying about Brits handing their rights in at the door?
Taxation is illegal in most cases in America, and is certainly unpopular, with all the money that's missing and nothing getting done, like the upkeeping of roads, etc.. But *they* wanna raise them even higher. That's what the British didn't seem to understand, and one of the reasons they left running for their lives. And you're close to right about buisness, as of late. We can thank people like the banksters, crooked politicians like the Clintons and Nafta for that, among other things. As far as freedom of the press, I think you're wrong there. The same people who own the banks, own all medias. How can there be freedom when one group of people own & control the game and everything in it, AND make all the rules?
About you being left-winged: I don't mean it as an insult, but you reek of it. If it quacks like a duck...
As far as your claim that socialism is better than capitolism: Puhlease. Socialism has failed so many times--I mean, how many more before you all get it? It doesn't work. It will never happen in the U.S. either. There would be civil war before that ever happens and Obama has figured that out. There'll be civil war anyway. It's very near. At this point, all it will take is a couple little things to set it off. The rubberband is that tight--the people being the rubber band. IMO, politicians are about to be held accountable by the people. There should've been a revolution long ago. Should be one every 15-20 years, if you ask me. But at the same time, I don't agree with this version of capitolism either. Too many crooks in the game. Too many dual citizens.
I agree with what you said. Good post.
You can call me tinfoil hat all you want.
Americans have the right to bear arms, and always will. How else could a people protect themselves from a tyrannical government like the U.S. government. The forefather knew it was only a matter of time before this country ended up in the wrong hands, like it is today, and they knew that is the one gift, the only gift, that would save the people. Not to mention protecting oneself from criminals. Cops take too long. Where I live, I am the cops. Unfortunately, there are idiots that have guns, that shouldn't own them. Too many irresponsible people out there. But everyone cannot be punished because of the idiots. This whole thing about assault rifles is laughable because the same damn thing can be done with a .22. The second ammendment is here to stay and when it all goes down, anti-gun nuts will be cowering behind people like me, fighting for what's right.
When people start burning video games, and pulling music off the shelf, etc., etc., they are illegally infringing on freedom. What idiots they are!