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Old 09-20-2009, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I just saw a TV commercial in which the CEO of Sprint said this is the freest couintry in the world. Most Americans probably believe that. But, is it really?

 
Old 09-20-2009, 04:18 PM
 
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I just saw a TV commercial in which the CEO of Sprint said this is the freest couintry in the world. Most Americans probably believe that. But, is it really?
I don't believe it.
 
Old 09-20-2009, 04:19 PM
 
Location: The 719
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Yes.
 
Old 09-20-2009, 04:28 PM
B4U
 
Location: the west side of "paradise"
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I tried to refrain commenting so early, but just can't.
I love this place. Yes.
If it isn't, it's still the most beautiful place with the most options, in the most ways.
I'm so lucky I was born here. And wherever I go, I will always be an American, and will gladly benefit and suffer for it.
Cool thread, being it isn't some holiday when all of a sudden people start thinking about it.
Reps if possible. (hoping you had good intentions)
 
Old 09-20-2009, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Maybe we can get started by somebody giving us a few examples of freedoms that Americans have, that people in most other developed countries don't have.
 
Old 09-20-2009, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia,New Jersey, NYC!
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yes, but i don't believe it
 
Old 09-20-2009, 07:03 PM
 
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Yep.
 
Old 09-20-2009, 07:13 PM
 
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I think we have some freedoms that other countries don't have (guns come to mind). OTOH, we don't have freedoms enjoyed by other nations. We pretty much need a permit for everything. Want to sell your goods on Main street? Permits. Want to gather? Permits. Some countries don't have to worry about this stuff (thinking South Korea), tho, I can't say if I really care. Either way, they're freedoms we don't have.
 
Old 09-20-2009, 07:15 PM
 
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Ah, I just found this on the net...

"Is Singapore the freest country in the world?

Absolutely a big “No”.

The only type of freedom that it comes close to freest is “economic freedom”.
But even for economic freedom, it’s not the freest.

There are many freedom indices. Some of which are:
1. Index of Economic Freedom 2009 (by Heritage Foundation and Wall Street Journal)
http://www.heritage.org/index/ranking.aspx
Hong Kong is no. 1. Singapore is no. 2.

2. Economic Freedom of the World Index 2008 (by Fraser Institute)
Hong Kong is again no. 1 (8.94), compared to Singapore (8.57), no. 2.
http://www.freetheworld.com/release.html

3. Freedom in the World (by Freedom House)
Singapore scores 5 for political rights, 4 for civil liberties. It is only classified as “partly free”. Many others are classified “free”.
http://www.freedomhouse.org/template.cfm?page=22&year=2009&country=7700

Report:
http://www.freedomhouse.org/uploads/fiw09/FIW09_Tables&GraphsForWeb.pdf

3. Worldwide Press Freedom Index 2008 (by Reporters Without Borders)
Singapore is ranked 144 (oops).
Rank #1 is Iceland.
http://www.rsf.org/en-classement794-2008.html

4. Index of Democracy (by The Economist Intelligent Unit)
This index classified Singapore as “Hybrid Regimes” (rank 82) among classifications of Full Democracies, Flawed Democracies, Hybrid Regimes, Authoritarian. Rank #1 is Sweden.
http://a330.g.akamai.net/7/330/25828/20081021185552/graphics.eiu.com/PDF/Democracy%20Index%202008.pdf

Is Singapore the freest country in the world?

According to this map, the US looks free. lol
http://www.freedomhouse.org/template...9&country=7700
 
Old 09-20-2009, 07:45 PM
 
Location: 125 Years Too Late...
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We may have been once upon a time. But now, I don't think so. As someone stated, we are over-regulated. I'm wondering how long it will be before we need a permit to take a dump and how much it will be taxed.
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