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The U.S. ranks 46th in civil liberties

According to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index 2010, the United States has a civil liberties score of 8.53 out of a possible score of 10.00. This makes the United States tied for forty-sixth in democracy with Italy, South Africa, France, and Hungary. Several countries tied for first with a score of 10.00, including Norway, Sweden, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Ireland and Uruguay. The United States has the lowest civil liberties of any fully democratic country.

  1. Thomas Thibeault
    18 February 2011 at 10:49 pm

    In the United States, we must constantly remind ourselves that we are only the “land of the free” when we are “the home of the brave.”

  2. Mertens266
    20 October 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Americans are a very jealous people, afraid very much that their neighbor is getting ahead while they are not, result being draconian and idiotic laws of punishment for even missteps that have no mens rhea. In fact, conservatives have long championed laws carving special exemptions from full protection of the law for many classes of people, namely gays, people of color and the poor. For all the blather about the “constitution” the far right spends alot of time worrying about who is demanding equal protection under the law and denying access where they can.

  3. Erik Jay
    23 August 2013 at 12:36 am

    That’s about as deep as a penny is thick. You caricaturize, first of all, then generalize from a specific. And it’s “rea,” by the way. Your “rhea” is more likely to be found at the end of words, one of which, I note, is to be found at the end of … well, let’s say an upset stomach, shall we? Thank goodness no one on Your Team or in Your Tribe or holding Your Enlightened Views ever had a negative affect on as much as a butterfly’s flight plan. Should you mention a specific conservative (self-described), like William Bennett in the U.S., you’ll have to take second place to me in disdaining and disliking that hypocritical authoritarian criminal. Yet authoritarians come in all guises, like our California fascist Sen. Dianne Feinstein, supposedly a liberal and a Democrat and one of Our Betters, who is a mealy-mouthed apologist for the national security state and no friend of non-elites. So I have dropped the useless labels (conservative, liberal, etc.) and judge folks by how they treat liberty and respect individuals, and how they resist arbitrary power, secrecy in government, war, murder, drone killing, police brutality, corruption, spying, crony capitalism, the government-lobbyist cycle — the whole corrupt system. The vote on the Amash amendment scared D.C., as it lost by a mere 12 votes (to defund domestic NSA operations) and did NOT split on party lines. More Republicans voted nay than yea, but not that many, and more Democrats voted yes than nay, but again, not that many more. Those groupings give us a rough approximation of civil liberties supporters versus national security state apparatchiks. I don’t care what party people are in. I want to know how they stand on certain PRINCIPLES. Principles before politics, please!

  4. 20 April 2014 at 5:13 pm

    DEMOCRACY=COMMUNISM WE ARE A CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC. Just seems like the wheels are coming off and needs to be fixed with a Constitutional Convention removing most of the fed power and having the states take care of their “people”

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