Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Is the USA Really the Land of the Free?

America, the so called land of the free leads the world in locking up it's citizens.
Land of the Free?

The regressives in America love to talk about freedom, and how America is the freest country in the world, but is it really? The question is harder to answer than it may seem. If you wanted to know which country has the most land, that would be easy [Russia at 6,592,800 sq miles]. If you wanted to know which country has the most people, again that would be easy [China at 1,344,130,000 (2011)]. If you wanted to know which country has the highest GDP in US dollars, again easy [US at $15.6097 trillion]. But how do you measure freedom?

One way to measure freedom is by how many people per one hundred thousand does the government throw in prison.  More laws and stricter penalties equal a larger prison population thus less freedom. Below is a listing of all the OCED [Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development] countries, these are all the first world advanced countries.

Going by this measure the United States is by far the least free of all the world's advanced countries by a huge measure, 540% less free than the average of our peers. By comparison Japan has only 55 people in prison per one hundred thousand citizens versus the US at 716.

The great irony of our American police state being that it is almost entirely brought to us by the very people who claimed to hate big government, [regressive] conservative Republicans.


Country Rate per 100k
ICELAND 47
JAPAN 55
FINLAND 59
SLOVENIA 64
SWEDEN 70
NORWAY 73
DENMARK 74
SWITZERLAND 76
GERMANY 83
NETHERLANDS 87
KOREA 92
IRELAND 95
BELGIUM 100
FRANCE 102
AUSTRIA 104
ITALY 109
GREECE 111
CANADA 114
LUXEMBOURG 124
PORTUGAL 127
AUSTRALIA 129
SPAIN 150
UNITED KINGDOM 154
TURKEY 168
HUNGARY 173
NEW ZEALAND 194
SLOVAK REPUBLIC 203
MEXICO 206
CZECH REPUBLIC 218
POLAND 220
ISRAEL 236
ESTONIA 252
CHILE 285
UNITED STATES 716
OCED Average 131.94

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