Posts Tagged ‘freedom’

Canada has held its sixth place ranking out of 178 ranked countries in the conservative Heritage Foundation’s 2014 Index of Economic Freedom, with an overall score of 80.2 in the free category, with the U.S. dropping to 12th place, with an overall score of 75.5 in the mostly free category.

Canada exceeds the United States in 8 out of 10 components of economic freedom, being surpassed only in government spending and labor freedom:

Canada vs. the United States
Property Rights 90.0 vs. 80.0
Freedom From Corruption 87.7 vs. 72.0
Government Spending 47.3 vs. 48.1
Fiscal Freedom 79.7 vs. 65.8
Business Freedom 89.3 vs. 89.2
Labor Freedom 83.1 vs. 97.2
Monetary Freedom 76.3 vs. 75.4
Trade Freedom 88.3 vs. 86.8
Investment Freedom 80.0 vs. 70.0
Financial Freedom 80.0 vs. 70.0

For more on these rankings, see my past articles:

1) Will the United States fall off the top 10 list of most economically free countries, according to the Heritage Foundation?

2) Canada more economically free than the United States for fourth year in a row: Heritage Foundation

3) Once founded as a limited government whose powers are “few and defined”, the United States federal government is more centralized and expansive than Canada’s

4) Still think Canada is more socialist than the United States? — The joke’s on you?

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Karen SelickKaren Selick, Litigation Director for the pro-individual freedom Canadian Constitution Foundation, is scheduled to be on Exposing Faux Capitalism with Jason Erb on June 2, 2013 at 8 PM Eastern on Truth Frequency Radio.

The focus will be on their two recent cases:

1. Bruce Montague (Civil Forfeiture)
2. Elizabeth Bernard (Anti-Union)

Also, be sure to check out their YouTube channel, as I have.

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Private property rightsFrom Lew Rockwell’s blog, he has a link to this November 22, 2012 article by the Mail Online: “Won’t sell up? Enjoy living in the middle of a motorway! Road is built around a house after elderly Chinese couple refuse to move.

Despite China’s Constitution only requiring compensation for the taking of private property, as opposed to “just compensation,” as the U.S. Constitution requires — or no mention whatsoever of any compensation for the taking of private property, as is the case with the Canadian Constitution — laws have since been passed in China prohibiting the taking of private property with force, without just cause, such as participation in criminal activities.

Previously, I wrote the article, Canadians recognize the importance of private property rights, about online readers of Canada’s largest newspaper, the Toronto Star, recognizing the importance of private property rights. Despite the Canadian Constitution providing no explicit protection for the taking of private property, as one commenter noted, the practice is often more relevant, as noted by this Chinese example, as well.

As for Lew Rockwell’s claim of “Another Way that China is Freer Than the US,” China is a very economically oppressive country, as illustrated by only being the 138th most economically free country out of 179 according to the conservative Heritage Foundation’s 2012 Index of Economic Freedom.

One way that China isn’t as economically free as the U.S. is the requirement to get permission from the central government in order to secure a job in a new city, as I witnessed personally with a company I was working for when they were going through the bureaucratic red tape to hire someone in their Chinese office.

Just as it isn’t the homeowner’s right to have water and electricity, it also isn’t the government’s or developer’s right to take away his private property, and the picture of this man’s home is one of the best sights of freedom I’ve seen this year.

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From his 1996 speech that charges me up no matter how many times I listen to it (starting at 5:32) (emphasis added):

“Do you really want to take over the government and make it a theocracy, because I’m gonna tell you exactly what’s going to happen if you do that. You’re gonna burn people at the stake who disagree with you. If that happens, I’m going to have to take up arms all over again, and so will many of you because you’re gonna to be persecuted, you see? Because, whichever one controls the government, you’re going to have to conform to that teaching and if you don’t believe in it, you’re a heretic.

Do you understand what I’m talking about?

What is our common bond, truly?

Freedom! Freedom!

Without freedom, you can’t be a Christian no matter what denomination you belong to. You can’t be a Buddhist. You can’t own a donut shop. You can’t drive from here to Oregon.

You can’t be an American, because that’s what it’s all about and it’s the only thing that it’s all about — nothing else. Nothing else.”

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No smoking

On January 19, 2011, the premier of Ontario, Dalton McGuinty, said he won’t ban smoking in apartment buildings.

While a case can be made for restricting that freedom based on the negative health effects involuntarily imposed on neighbouring residents, he said, “I think when you get into people’s homes, you’re crossing a line.

Upon further reflection, I realized how it simply won’t happen until there is a ban on smoking in provincial public housing. It is a common ploy of any group seeking to restrict freedoms generally, to restrict the freedoms of a vulnerable minority in order to set a precedent for eventually restricting those same freedoms of a majority.

In the Region of Waterloo, a smoking ban has been in effect since April 1, 2010, for all new tenants of multi-unit public housing dwellings. The groundwork has therefore been laid for a smoking ban in all apartments when they have the power to do so and the political will to carry it out.

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