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Old 06-01-2005, 05:03 PM   #1
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What Country Grants The Most Freedom to Citizens

Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of government. The history of liberty is the history of resistance. The history of liberty is a history of the limitation of governmental power, not the increase of it.

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This is an interesting question. I don't know the answer. Probably one of the Scandinavian countries I would guess.
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The history of liberty is a history of the limitation of governmental power, not the increase of it.

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Hear hear.
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Old 06-01-2005, 05:23 PM   #4
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I certainly know which country it isn't, and I'm sitting in it.

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I don't know, I haven't lived there yet.
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This is an interesting question. I don't know the answer. Probably one of the Scandinavian countries I would guess.
Quite Possibly. However, it does depend on how freedom is defined to an extent. It could be argued that the Scandinavian countries have relatively high tax rates and accordingly relatively low ECONOMIC freedom. Don't get me wrong, I'm not knocking them they have excellent social freedoms for sure.
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There is some list published on this somewhere.... I think it is generally the Scandinavian countries, followed by Canada, Australia, New Zealand etc...
The usuals.
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Quite Possibly. However, it does depend on how freedom is defined to an extent. It could be argued that the Scandinavian countries have relatively high tax rates and accordingly relatively low ECONOMIC freedom. Don't get me wrong, I'm not knocking them they have excellent social freedoms for sure.
Thats true. I personally value social freedoms so that would bias my comments. The Scandanavians still have a very high standard of living though (financially).

But yeah, I take your point.
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This is an interesting question. I don't know the answer. Probably one of the Scandinavian countries I would guess.
No way, the heavy taxation is a burden.

I would probably say that you can get the most freedom in a country like Somalia where you can do pretty much anything that you like.

Freedom is not something that is to be granted to the citizens by their government. The citizens grant certain powers to the government, not the other way around.
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Just give me Fiji, where it's socially exceptable for a man to wear a sarong to work everyday. That's all the freedom I'm really after at this point.
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Doesn't Holland afford animals equal rights to humans, or have I got it wrong?

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I would probably say that you can get the most freedom in a country like Somalia where you can do pretty much anything that you like.
It's probably important to distinguish between "freedom" and "violent anarchy".
Freedom from fear counts too....
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Well if your a warlord then you are free to do what you like, and your massive numbers of militiamen ensure that you have nothing to fear.
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And if you're not a warlord?
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