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In 2010, I was pleased, and not at all surprised, to see that the conservative Heritage Foundation had ranked Canada more economically free than the United States in their Index of Economic Freedom for the first time since their rankings came out in 1995.

Their 2012 index marks the third year in a row that Canada has been ranked more economically free than the United States.

Canada held 6th place, while the U.S. fell from 9th to 10th, and if things go the way they have been, the U.S. is likely to fall off the top 10 list in 2013.

This past weekend, I heard a radio host still lump Canada in as a “socialist” country along with the EU countries that are in so much trouble now, but for such people, I wrote the 2011 article, Still think Canada is more socialist than the United States? The joke’s on you.

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On October 4, 2011, Forbes announced that Canada is the best place for business in 2011, ahead of the United States in 10th place.

This is a continuation of a trend that began in 1993 when Canada started on a path to get its fiscal house in order, and accelerated in 2001 with the reckless policies of the Bush administration, which have since been aggravated by the Obama administration.

For my other articles on Canada’s economic ascendancy compared to its once great neighbour, see:

1. 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

2. Canada has one of the lowest average tariff rates in the world, with the 9th lowest out of 183 countries

3. The conservative Heritage Foundation labels Canada’s economy free and the United States as only mostly free

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

5. Canada more tax friendly for business than the United States: KPMG

6. Canada has more economic freedom than the United States: The Heritage Foundation

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The Bible

Gary North makes the claim on his site that:

The Bible is an anti-socialist document. Socialist propagandists for over four centuries have claimed that the Bible teaches socialism, but we have yet to see a single Bible commentary written by a socialist. If the Bible teaches socialism, where is the expository evidence?

Gary, how about Leviticus 2:1-3 (New International Version):

1 “‘When anyone brings a grain offering to the LORD, their offering is to be of the finest flour. They are to pour olive oil on it, put incense on it 2 and take it to Aaron’s sons the priests. The priest shall take a handful of the flour and oil, together with all the incense, and burn this as a memorial[a] portion on the altar, a food offering, an aroma pleasing to the LORD. 3 The rest of the grain offering belongs to Aaron and his sons; it is a most holy part of the food offerings presented to the LORD.

Given that socialism is a system whereby the means of production and distribution are controlled by the state, the above verses show how grains were to be produced and distributed to God and his priestly class, the Levites.

In order to rebut Gary North’s claim that the Bible is anti-socialist, it is sufficient to demonstrate a single example of the Bible promoting socialism, and I think Leviticus 2:1-3 is one such example.

Therefore, the Bible is not anti-socialist, as North claims.

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Euromoney publishes a semi-annual “Credit Risk Rating” of 185 sovereign countries.

In their latest publication, from March 2010, eight of the top 10 are “European socialist welfare states,” as they are commonly referred to as.

Rounding out the top 10 are: Norway, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Austria, Canada, the Netherlands, and Australia.

Hong Kong and Singapore didn’t make the cut, despite being seen as among the most economically free countries, as one 2010 report ranked them.

Canada continues to buck old perceptions of being less economically free and successful than the U.S., by being ranked more economically free by the conservative Heritage Foundation’s 2010 Index of Economic Freedom, and more tax competitive for business, by Big Four accounting firm KPMG in their 2010 report.

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