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Posted: 3/13/2005 6:42:02 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/13/2005 6:42:20 AM EDT by Flak_Jacket]
www.worldaudit.org/democracy.htm

USA is ranked 13th. Something smells fishy.
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 6:54:38 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Flak_Jacket:
www.worldaudit.org/democracy.htm

USA is ranked 13th. Something smells fishy.



depends on your definition of democracy, if using the socialist one world definition then yes we probably are 13th.
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 7:02:34 AM EDT
Yeah well, consider the source. Clive Lindley was a central member of the now-defunct Social Democrat Party of Great Britain, essentially an offshoot of the Labor Party that tried to "move to the center" to challenge the Conservative/Tory Party (think Maggie Thatcher).

Of course, he has a political axe to grind as a liberal Brit. He also has a very special interest in the development of democracies in former Communist countries. While this is somewhat commendable, and not a measure of guilt by association, it does demonstrate that he has a tendency to "look left."
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 7:02:57 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 7:11:38 AM EDT
It is all in the eye of the beholder. We could all stack the criteria to make us #1 and france dead last.

I used to work with a Romanian, who escaped during the mid 80's. He stated that he was freer under Ceauchescu (sp) than here in the USA. As long as you did not challenge the power of the state you could do anything you wished. That was the state that banned typewriters!
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 7:15:11 AM EDT
Thx a lot.

Now, I have ammo to slam the self hating liberal who posted it on another board.
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 7:17:00 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Paul:
The United States is a REPUBLIC not a democracy.



Thank you!
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 7:18:07 AM EDT
we aren't a democracy
We are a republic.
We are governed by laws, not mob rule.
Hell, Italy is almost a pure democracy. Ask them how that is working out for them.
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 7:30:20 AM EDT


This map seems pretty reasonable.



In fact, looking at the ratings - they are a combination of several facets - the rankings seem pretty reasonable.
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 7:35:07 AM EDT

World Audit brings together statistics and reports from highly respected agencies, each with their own developed specialities. Freedom House, Transparency International, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, The International Commission of Jurists are THE names where political rights, civil liberties, press freedom, perceptions of corruption, human rights, and the rule of law, are concerned. From their admirable work we present and update the World Democracy Audit.


Yeah, those are some up-standing and fact-filled groups there...none of them have any self-serving bones in their bodies!

This is kind of like having a dentist tell you to eat more sugar. You know he ain't doing it because you have a sugar deficiency.
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 7:48:50 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/13/2005 7:50:10 AM EDT by Sigurd]
North Korea scored in the top 100

I call


ETA: DK-Prof's map seems much more accurate.
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 8:06:45 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/13/2005 8:07:49 AM EDT by Possible_Spam]

Originally Posted By pogo:
It is all in the eye of the beholder. We could all stack the criteria to make us #1 and france dead last.

I used to work with a Romanian, who escaped during the mid 80's. He stated that he was freer under Ceauchescu (sp) than here in the USA. As long as you did not challenge the power of the state you could do anything you wished. That was the state that banned typewriters!



My wife is from there. I think your buddy is talking in jest. Try to by a leagal firearm there.

Your friend sees where this country is headding to, and so does my wife.
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