Monday, October 3, 2016

The U.S. Is #15 On The List Of Free Countries

McClatchy News: The U.S. isn’t one of the top 10 most free countries in the world, study says

With costly healthcare, a stereotype of obesity and a culture of creatively fatty foods, “healthy” probably isn’t the first word that comes to mind when you think of the United States.

But according to the Legatum Prosperity Index’s findings for 2015, the U.S. is the healthiest country in the world. However, when it comes to freedom, an ideal most Americans pride themselves on, the U.S. falls to 15.

So what’s the country with the most personal freedom? Canada, followed by New Zealand, Norway, Luxembourg and Iceland.

Personal freedom, as defined by the London-based Legatum Institute, measures a nation’s performance at both guaranteeing individual freedom and encouraging social tolerance. Canda was ranked No. 1 due to 94 percent of its citizens saying they believed they had the freedom to choose the course of their own lives and 92 percent saying there was tolerance for ethnic minorities and immigrants.

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WNU Editor: The link to the Legatum Prosperity Index’s findings is here. What's my take .... I live in Canada .... we are not as tolerant as some may like to believe we are. But aside from that .... I do love living in this country.


TWN said...

I dont know about the rest of Canada, but in Nova Scotia where I'm from it's pretty strange when it comes the way people see people from other places. I met a man years ago that was born in Lunenburg NS, his father was born in Prince Edward Island he moved to Lunenburg before WW1 the man I was talking to was in his 60's and everyone referred to him as the Islander even though he was born in Lunenburg and lived there his entire life.

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Anonymous said...

I am from new Zealand and lived and Vancouver, I don't really understand why it is viewed as tolerant. The city is divided up where different races live(intergration?) and the Canadians I was working with were coming up with doomsday plan for when the Chinese and Indians take over

Jay Farquharson said...


Lived in Vancouver for 30 years. Were you working for the Stormfront website.

YVR has it's Chinatown, Richmond : ), little Italy, ( now the People's Republic of East Vancouver), little Iran and little India,

It's not a big deal.

In a large city, 1st Gen Immigrants migrate and settle to where services are available in their native languages. 2nd Generation citizens migrate to the areas where the schooling and other public services are exceptional, ( Burnaby and Coquitlam for example), 3'rd Generation Immigrants gravitate towards West Vancouver, Kit's and Point Grey.

Anonymous said...

Hahaha valid points. I am a tradesmen and was working all over the lower mainland. I just find the whole thing of moving to where to you have people of your own race strange, it kind of feels like failed multiculturalism, but to u are probably right thr second gen would be likely not to care so much about living near their people

thorsten ayen said...

The prosperity chart has US at number 1 in the health category.....have I read the chart wrong or is this chart total bs?

Jay Farquharson said...

You are ESL, why wouldn't you move to a place where you could use your native language?

I lived in "Little Italy" in the '80's, 30 years after the main wave of Italian immigration.

My Junior High School, had maybe 40 "minorities",( YVR had 250,000 people at the time), my High School, had 25%, Uniiversity, close to 50%, my best LM job, easily 75%, but by that time Vancouver was close to 1.1 million, not all of them from Toronto.

Jay Farquharson said...

It's based on mortality rates.

If you are rich, you live to 102 years of age, poor, 56.

Lot's of rich people in the US.

War News Updates Editor said...

Jay. A heads-up. The GF wants to move to Vancouver. (She lived there as a teenager in the 1980s when her dad was stationed at a base somewhere). I told her that the place has changed since then.

Jay Farquharson said...

Real Estate prices are rendering the Lower Rainland, unliveable.

Add in the sheer numbers of people, the traffic, long commutes to work, if you don't have to live there for work, don't, just visit.

If you want to move to BC for the weather, there's the Island, the Gulf Islands, the Sunshine Coast, and the Southern Oakanogan,