Discarding Democracy: A Return to the Iron Fist | Freedom House

This is an outstanding, must read report by Freedom House. Check it out!

via Discarding Democracy: A Return to the Iron Fist | Freedom House.

Freedom House is a US.-based non-governmental organization that conducts research and advocacy on democracy, political freedom, and human rights. Freedom House was founded in October 1941.

After reading this report one is reminded on the huge variation of freedoms in the World. Those that live in free society need reminding of the benefits from time to time. On the other hand those that live in relative freedom have certain moral responsibilities to help those who live in countries where freedom is curtailed.

The article provides excellent graphics and links to individual countries.

As I reflected on the article my mind once again reflected on the questionable achievements of President Obama’s foreign policy.

Let me turn this to an open question:

Do you think that President Obama’s foreign policy is linked to less freedom in the World?


One response

  1. In the sense that in the West we supposedly have freedom of speech, assembly and the right to vote we are free.

    We still have many of the rights that were derived from the Magna Carta which is 800 years old today but the US Patriot Act and UK anti terrorism legislation has gradually abrogated those rights as has recent legislation allowing the tax authorities to extract money from a persons bank account without a lawful court order.

    We are not free in the sense that certain areas of cities are inadequately policed and police are far too interested in acting as the unpaid tax collection arm of the Government in relation to speeding and traffic violations.

    The inadequate policing means that burglars, housebreakers and petty criminals have a field day because with clear-up rates of 25% or 9% via the UK’s Metropolitan Police,crime(this is just for reported crime),pays.

    For single woman, the old, the disabled, the frail and those unable to stand up for themselves there is no freedom of movement at certain times of the day and night which means effectively no freedom.
    Dr Alf asks about President Obama and what in effect has been his legacy.

    Examination of his record shows him to be patrician, aloof, dishonest and a lover of very high taxes.
    People are less free under him and they have less money to boot unless they are top plutocrats already.

    So overall we see the gap between those at the top and bottom widening into a yawning chasm in America, in the UK and in all the other places where these policies are pursued.

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