There is freedom in your country? In which country people have more freedom?

Goddes of Democracy - something like the Statue of Liberty
@pierone (1895)
Italy
November 11, 2008 5:40am CST
Hello folks, freedom, human rights, are important topics in the 21th century. Do you guess you have freedom in your country?In which country people have much more freedom, according with your opinion? And in which ones people have no freedom or just little freedom? Happy myLotting btw, someone know this statue?)
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@xfahctor (14128)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
11 Nov 08
I would say we have a great deal of freedom here in the U.S. What's more, we have freedoms that are fairly unique and more importantly, we have a written and unrevocable guaranty of these freedoms. Unique freedoms not seen elswhere in the world such as a written guaranty of the right to defend ourselves, armed, against our own government as defined in the second amendment to the constitution. Our national government is not set up as a ruling body but a serving body. Many people seem to forget this sometimes, minimal clearly defined powers, leaving the rest up top the states and the people. We are often refered to as a democracy, however this is not exactly true, we are a constitutional republic as a nation, the democrocy exists with in the states. "Anyone willing to trade liberty for security desrves neither". those words uttered by Benjamine Frankilin are often forgotten. It seems so many are willing to trade off freedoms for a false sense of security. it goes in small increments until you wake up in a country you no longer recognize. "A government big enough to give you everything you want, is also big enough to take everything you have". Words by Thomas Jeffereson also forgotten. People here seem all too willing to trade off liberties and hand more and more power to the federal government in exchange for things and services never intended for the federal government. The expectations keep getting bigger and along with it,the disapointment when the government can't deliver or does so at great monetary expense or worse, at the expense of our freedoms.
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@pierone (1895)
• Italy
11 Nov 08
Glad to hear that, my friend. But i'm asking myself... these great persons, like Franklin and Jefferson, and all the other that made great the USA, could appreciate something like the "Patriot Act"? Don't you guess that it reduced a lot the freedom and the guaranties of the american people?
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@xfahctor (14128)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
11 Nov 08
Absolutely. the fathers are turning in their graves over things like the patriot act, the Northcom Civil Assistence Plan and the Fairness Doctrine just to name a few.
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@Bluepatch (2480)
• Trinidad And Tobago
12 Nov 08
Here in Trinidad we have a lot of freedom unless the government doesn't like you. We have a crime problem and they use this to jail people when they want. The justice department has no accountability in law and so they do what they want. They stopped the haboeus ( wrong spelling here ) corpus rights for people a few years ago and if you get humped by the cops you have no chance of stopping anything.
@pierone (1895)
• Italy
12 Nov 08
well, friend, that's not exactly what i call freedom ;)
• China
12 Nov 08
In china, we have freedom and human rights.
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@gyramary (152)
• Italy
12 Nov 08
Hi, i'm from Italy, and here we are supposed to have freedom. I'm not so sure we have so much freedom, at least we already experienced politics pressure on the information. But for sure there are countries where they have no freedom. Some africans countries, lot of middle east countries, some asians, and so om. But probably there are lot of differences between the freedom that common people really has and their perception of the freedom. That's why there are not so many revolutions everyday ;) About the statue, if i'm not wrong is the statue the students build in Tien an men square, during the rebellion of 1989.
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@xParanoiax (6999)
• United States
12 Nov 08
Well, there's a freedom ranking for different countries. I'm said to say that America's NOT number one of this list. *forgets who is number one, maybe Norway? (I don't really know and I'm half asleep atm, so..blegh)* I'm happy to say that my country is much more free than many, many countries...and is free enough that most of the people here, most of the time, can pursue whatever dream they have. -Usually- we can say whatever we want, -usually- no one can spy on us and the ACLU has been fighting to keep this that way, -usually- no authority can illegally sieze whatever property of ours we want, our government can't torture us, for now we all have a right to a fair trial. We're still kinda iffy and there's potential dangers around, but there are many people here who won't stand for any freedoms being removed. That's one of the best things about our country, we were founded on the idea that if we didn't like something that was happening, we could rise up in arms and fight for what we call "inalienable rights". In some areas we might be slightly lacking. But we're pretty good for a young country.
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@murderistic (2280)
• United States
12 Nov 08
Take a look at the Economist's Democracy index: www.economist.com/media/pdf/DEMOCRACY_INDEX_2007_v3.pdf the countries with the highest ranking score (10/10) in civil liberties are Sweden, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Ireland, and New Zealand. The US received an 8.3 in civil liberties. The countries with the lowest scores (below 1/10) are North Korea, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Myanmar. North Korea received the lowest score of all countries in the world: a 0.
@pierone (1895)
• Italy
12 Nov 08
Hello, thanks for your suggest, but what i wanna know is the perception of freedom of the people. You can see in the list Italy is reted under the south Korea and south Africa, anyway i'm quite sure if you talk with an italian, he will tell you we have freedom (and i'm not so agree about that). So what i'm interested into is what the people of a country think about their country situation. happy myLotting
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• United States
12 Nov 08
I think it is obvious that unless you've lived in another country that has more freedoms than yours, your perception is going to be skewed. Besides, all we hear about are the countries who have less freedoms than us (at least in America).
• United States
12 Nov 08
By the way, Italy is under South Korea and such because of the type of political system that it has, this is not just a study of who has the most freedom, but who has the most democracy. I wasn't looking at that, I was looking at the civil liberties score. Italy's civil liberties score is greater than that of the US.
• United States
12 Nov 08
hello there pier..how ya doing today? This has been atouchy subject for some years now for me..I live in the US..Since Bush has been in office for teh last 8 yrs..sadly our wonderful freeedom has been being taken from us slowly buy surley..our religious rights,rights to raise our children..how to eat.how to dress..what to watch on tv..its just becoming soooo saddd..Our government is becoming our mother/father..they are taking money from the poor..and making the rich even richer..health insurance and jobs are decreasing everyday..I dont understand how we got where we are..but we used to be the the Freedom Land..now we are becoming..the total opposite..i just dont get it..and it angers me..:(
@manunulat (605)
• Philippines
12 Nov 08
That's true pierone, freedom and human rights are among the most important topics of the century yet how Idealistic the proponents are; these two surely is not a reality to most people of the world. Freedom from poverty for example is too utopian that even in rich countries that boasts over their nukes could not address this issue within their territorial domains in which case it further aggravates an individual, family, community's security. I would like to identify my country as a torch that lost its value to influence freedom to the world. It was once an inspiration in Asia but it is history that is revealing the "benefactors" of a false identity of being free. Does freedom and democracy have the same essence? I don't think the Philippines does not deserve to be boasted as a free nation where one can walk away with murder because of differences in one's political beliefs. Though we can certainly go out and assemble to exercise that "freedom of speech". It is way too past, outdated power that we can hardly move this country to economic progress. We are restrained to our core destiny because some murderers are holding the strings to our government in quest for money and power. While some countries in Asia have their own share of the problem, it is the innate determination within a Filipino that is making him survive, trying to buy his own freedom by enslaving himself in the hands of foreigners conditioning his mind that it is indeed dignified "to serve others" for the country's survival.