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Land of the Free-est





 

Land of the Free-est



Guest comic strip by Awut:

Based off the "Which country has the most freedom" articles in the news recently. (us Americans were very upset that we weren't ranked #1 :'D )

http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/nz-leads-worldwide-in-human-freedom-5314956
http://www.fraserinstitute.org/uploadedFiles/fraser-ca/Content/research-news/research/publications/ch3-an-index-of-freedom-in-the-world.pdf (pdf)

Credits



Artwork and joke by Awut http://awutcomic.com/

20th March 2013
 


391 Comments:
 
Jawshk

19 M
7 days ago #9312027        

>This country is rapidly turning into a heavy-handed police state where you WILL do what you are told, or you will be imprisoned or shot in the street.

>The very LAST thing I want to do in the case of any trouble is call the police, or I might possibly be shot or arrested in my own living room as a result of some obscure law out of 3,000,000. (Or, if you live in California, out of 500,000,000.)

There is so much wrong with these two statements it's absolutely ridiculous. 7th in the world as far as freedom goes means the US is a police state? I can only assume you are referring to the recent episodes with Police officers. The recent protests are idiotic because both of the protests revolved around two people WHO GAVE THE OFFICERS A REASON to fear for their lives. Then what, the "protests" consisted largely of looting, mugging, and of course, targetting police officers for murder. Here's a brilliant piece of logic, don't charge a police officer, don't attack a police officer, don't point a gun at a police officer, if you do any of these three things, the police officer will likely use force against you, if you give them reason to believe their life is in danger, they will likely respond by removing that danger... If you truly believe we live in a police state, perhaps you should move to a country like China to actually see what something CLOSE to one looks like.

I mean, take one good look at those rankings, we're still above majority of Europe as far as freedom goes, (not to offend, just pointing out that the US is far from a fascist state), and yet you have the audacity to say the US is turning into a "do as you say or die" sort of country?



KOakaKO

48 M
26 days ago #9300320        

Us Americans aren't upset at this, we're just not surprised at all. (Many of us.) This country is rapidly turning into a heavy-handed police state where you WILL do what you are told, or you will be imprisoned or shot in the street. The very LAST thing I want to do in the case of any trouble is call the police, or I might possibly be shot or arrested in my own living room as a result of some obscure law out of 3,000,000. (Or, if you live in California, out of 500,000,000.)

This is why the current protests over police policies in the U.S. will not die down. People protest police behavior, and the police respond with a typical "show of force" - often with the help of the military. Everyone around suddenly sees WHICH side is causing the problem, and the protests simply spread wider - get bigger - move into every city in the country. And the politicians say, "the problem is obviously profiling so they need more training", which every sensible person realizes is stupid political nonsense.

The ridiculous police state we live in today should have been protested against like this ten, maybe twenty, years ago - or more. The shooting of college students at Kent State University in 1970 were the result of a "show of force" against protesters. Today we have protesters all over the U.S. being given a "show of force" by the very people they are protesting against.

We will either STOP behaving as though the police are a military force, or we will end up with an event that makes Kent State look like a Sunday picnic. Over the past 45 years the so-called "leaders" of our country have ignored the lessons of the past and just continued to make things worse. They will either quickly learn to behave like civilized human beings, or we in the U.S. will be in for a very bad 2015...

(end-rant)



28 days ago #9299487        

Freedom is where, as a community, you simply don't care what people do with each other. Kinda hard to be one of the most free countries when you start persecuting minorities, 'murica. :P



2 months ago #9287182        

And I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know all the minorities have been brutally murdered by the government...



4 months ago #9260403        

Wait... We became second? Amezing!



7 months ago #9200849        

America looks like he saw something real bad like a bloody dog carcass



7 months ago #9199709        

I dunno. There's stuff you can do in America that you can't do in NZ... And our healthcare is sort of weird (it's kinda free but kinda not). You have to pay to go to uni and for childcare (like preschool and kindergarten). Soooo I'm not too sure how freedom is graded, but oh well XD



7 months ago #9197673        

Yay! Im first and the twenty ninth as well!



Svamlet

25 M
7 months ago #9194615        

It reminds me of how both the USA and India like to call themselves "the worlds biggest democracy", but what they really are is "the worlds most powerful democracy" and "the worlds most populous democracy" respectively.



7 months ago #9191026        

Calm down America, we came 18th.



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