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Australia’s ahead of Canada, in getting its first explicitly libertarian parliamentarian — Senator David Leyonhjelm.

It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, given Australia’s high Economic Freedom Index rating for several years in a row by the Heritage Foundation, with its 2014 rating of third place compared to Canada in sixth place and the United States as low as 11th place.

It sure helped that Australia now has an elected senate, as there’s no way an open libertarian would be appointed to any legislative body in a parliamentary system.

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Top 10Here are the all-time top 10 articles at FauxCapitalist.com by the end of 2013:

1) May 10, 2013: Dr. Stan Monteith, a 35-year orthopedic surgeon on Jeff Bauman’s leg amputations: “I believe that this young man was an actor”

2) June 30, 2010: Australia has $15 an hour minimum wage and is ranked more economically free than the U.S.

3) November 1, 2011: Former Fed Chairman Paul Volcker laughs at the great increase in wealth disparity

4) April 3, 2011: Who is behind enenews.com?

5) April 21, 2012: The Federal Reserve’s non-existent 99-year charter set to expire in 2012

6) January 29, 2011: No evidence that your birth certificate is traded on any exchange

7) April 30, 2011: The U.S. Constitution doesn’t say money should be gold or silver coin

8) January 29, 2011: The United States isn’t a federal corporation

9) September 11, 2011: Rudi Dekkers drops some bombshell 9/11 revelations on the tenth anniversary of the attacks

10) September 30, 2012: More evidence that Fritz Springmeier is a phony: a New World Order colony on Mars

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In their 2011 Index of Economic Freedom, the Heritage Foundation designated Canada’s economy as “free,” while the United States embarrassingly slipped down into its list of “mostly free” economies.

Canada was ranked in 6th place just behind other “free” economies like Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and Switzerland, while the U.S. was ranked in 9th place, sharing company with “mostly free” economies like Uruguay in 33rd place.

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A right of jurors in all common law jurisdictions (UK, U.S., Canada, Australia, …), regardless of whether the legal system allows jurors to be made aware of it or exercise their right, is jury nullification. That is, the right of juries to find the defendant not guilty of a crime if they feel that the charge or penalty is unjust.

Historical examples of the effective application of this right include U.S. jurors nullifying laws requiring escaped slaves to be returned to their “owners,” refusing to convict on prohibition charges in the U.S. during the Great Depression, and in Canada, a jury refusing to convict a father for murder, who killed his suffering daughter with cerebral palsy, arguing that it was a compassionate killing (R. v. Latimer).

I was aware of this right in the past few years, but particularly delved into it earlier this year, finding support for it at the Supreme Court level of Canada and the United States. The first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, John Jay, wrote in his opinion in Georgia v. Brailsford (1794):

“[I]t is presumed, that juries are the best judges of facts; it is, on the other hand, presumbable, that the court are the best judges of the law. But still both objects are lawfully, within your power of decision.

Given that this statement was made by the first Chief Justice of the highest court in the United States, who was recognizing a common law principle of fundamental rights and justice, it is therefore precedent, which all subsequent Supreme Courts and all lowers courts are required to uphold.

The significance of jury nullification is that, in any case, a single juror can legitimately find the defendant not guilty based on the belief that the charge or penalty is unjust.

I therefore propose that this right be brought out of the shadows and into the minds of the wider community, and seriously pursued as a strategy in any current and future court cases involving unconstitutional, unlawful, and unjust acts of government against its citizens.

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Here are the articles that you, the readers, made the top 10 in 2010.

  1. 04/27 An illegal bank is the second-largest holder of U.S. treasury securities
  2. 12/19 IMF Director says IMF “forces coordination” and there’s “no other solution” to Greek-style austerity
  3. 04/22 The CIA overstates Canada’s government spending by more than 200%
  4. 10/09 Cheerleader for bankster economics
  5. 10/13 G. Edward Griffin exposes the HIV/AIDS scam
  6. 12/04 Gary North: Spokesman for a major Federal Reserve bankster smokescreen
  7. 06/30 Australia has $15 an hour minimum wage and is ranked more economically free than the U.S.
  8. 05/23 Gold confiscation: It depends on what gold, and how much
  9. 06/03 E*TRADE requires your passport, alien, or government ID number to activate a new account
  10. 01/30 Platinum: The overlooked investment metal and currency

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On July 12, 2010, Dr. Stan Monteith featured a discussion on illegal immigration and mentioned Canada’s temporary worker program for agricultural workers from Mexico and Latin America, like the system the U.S. had back in the 1960s.

Minimum wage is now $10.25 an hour in Canada’s largest province, Ontario, where most of the workers work, and with a 96 cent Canadian dollar, vis-a-vis the USD, it doesn’t seem to put their farmers at an economic disadvantage.

Previously, I wrote about Australia’s minimum wage of $15 an hour, which is more than double the U.S. federal minimum wage, and that didn’t stop the conservative Heritage Foundation from ranking Australia as more economically free than the U.S. Both countries even compared very closely on the metrics that are most relevant to business freedom and wages.

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The conservative Heritage Foundation ranked Australia as the third most economically free country in the world in 2010, while the U.S. came in eighth place.

As of June 2010, Australia’s minimum wage is $15 an hour, while the U.S. federal minimum wage is nearly half that, at $7.25 an hour.

Economics textbooks present the overly simplistic notion that minimum wages higher than the market floor results in higher unemployment. At the time of publication of this index, Australia had an unemployment rate of 4.2% and the U.S. had a rate of 9.4%.

The two most important metrics relative to the impact of minimum wage on economic freedom the report measured, compare favourably between the two countries, showing that Australia isn’t relying on other far higher economic metrics to compensate. Business freedom was rated 90.3 in Australia and 91.3 in the U.S., and Labor freedom was rated 94.9 in Australia and 94.8 in the U.S.

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