- "It is not from the benevolence
- of the butcher, the brewer or the baker,
- that we expect our dinner,
- but from their regard to their own self interest."
- -- Adam Smith
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As you can see, it has a special theme: political philosophy. Politics is about changing the world, philosophy is the study general problems concerning matters such as existence, knowledge, truth, beauty, justice, validity, mind, and language. Together, they form the basis for making descions about any societal organizing on personal, local, regional, national and global levels. Feel free to browse this page, and enjoy your stay!
(Audio: Philosophy, who needs it?)
- 1 Background
- 2 Opinions
- 3 Political compass answers
- 4 The hidden link of human prosperity?
- 5 About my talkpage
- 6 Fellow right-wing libertarians
- 7 Videos
Background[edit | edit source]
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|As of 4 April 2009|
- not unreasonable; I have changed view points more often than most people think.
- not a person of faith, but of convictions; I think that man's only way to knowledge and guide to action is by the use of his own reason and rational mind, as opposed to mystic revelations or emotional whims.
- a right-wing libertarian, also known as a classical liberal.
- a cosmopolitan; I am above petty nationalism and instead recognise the whole world as one moral community.
- an individualist; I think that each man is an end in himself, and does not need to altruisticly sacrifice himself for others in order to motivate his existance.
- a critical realist; I think the world is real, yet exists independantly of mind.
- a determinist.
- a "soft" utilarianist; happiness is desirable, yet I believe this will come of its own when we do the right thing.
- an atheist; I do not believe in gods or spirits.
- an absolutist; I can have fun without alcohol. I also avoid tobacco, narcotics and strong medical drugs, unless my life depends on it.
- a self-proclaimed armchair philosopher.
- not a politician; in fact, I hate their petty backstabbings.
- a cold-blooded cynic; sometimes my straight-forward honesty makes people upset.
- not going to reveal my age, sex or occupation unless I feel for it; so don't ask for them.
- reluctant to have my private economy get out of control.
- a fan of Ayn Rand and her objectivist philosophy. (Audio: Introducing Objectivism)
Runescape matters[edit | edit source]
- I am the proud owner of a Quest cape of achivement, as of 21 February 2009.
- I have acces to a gilded altar in my house, as of 3 April 2009.
Opinions[edit | edit source]
I think that...
General Issues[edit | edit source]
- people that I disagree with are totally alright, as long as they are not unreasonable.
- man has the right to his own property, his own freedom and his own pursuit of happiness, not because of the good of society, but because of his own sake.
(Audio: The Nature of Rights)
- man is rationally egoistic of nature.
- man is both good and bad, and that this is a result of free will.
- man shall be responsible for his or her own free actions and choices.
- it is a virtue to always do your very best; to fully put your mind and body to action for a worthy purpose.
- ignorance, apathy and cowardice are the bane of free speech, and ultimately democracy.
- there is an objective reality and truth, even if man have yet to fully comprehend and understand it.
- it is almost always better to tell the truth, even if it is shocking.
- people should generally be able to do anything they please, as long as it doesn't hurt anybody else.
- a Post-It saying "hurry slowly" should be put on any propostions I make.
Economics[edit | edit source]
- companies should exist only for their own sake; if they exist only because of the needs of the state or community, then what you have is a fascist economy, not a free market. (Audio: The Fascist New Frontier)
- in order to create a truly free society, we must seperate state and economy, just as we succesfully seperated state and church, as well as write this into our national constitution.
- the government's only intervention into the economy should be to protect the individual from fraud and property damage.
- businessmen are the most persecuted minority today. (Audio: America's Persecuted Minority: Big Business)
- market competition is desirable, because it spurs invention and increased productivity.
- the good market economy is not the largest one, but the most productive one.
- higher standards of living is a desirable goal to strive for in those cases that they increases our happiness.
- wealth-building, not simply income/expense increasing, should be a long term goal for individuals.
- NPOs (non-profit-organizations) are acceptable in a capitalist system, because they are both voluntary and does not rely on public funding to achieve their aims.
- taxes are better than regulation when it comes to combating corporations with destructive aims; example: tobacco industry.
- essentially, "taxation is theft" is a true statement.
- smokers and heavy drinkers are pestering other peoples lives through their own short-sighted and destructive behavior; I propose a tax on tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.
- our food have too much toxins, which is a serious health hazard. I propose a tax on pesticides, preservatives and similar chemicals with the aim to increase the quality of our food.
- voluntary charity is preferable over coercive welfare taxation; you will be put to prison if you don't pay your taxes.
- governments shouldn't spend money on any research; they shall instead encourage charity people like Bill Gates to do that for them.
- foreign aid is counter-productive, because the money will most likely down the dictator's pockets; also, building schools and hospitals is equally wrong, because it just frees up money for the dictator to spend on secret police and armed forces.
- free trade is one of the best ways to get the third world out of poverty.
- the current protectionist trade stances in many countries leads to the suffering of millions.
- the current financial crisis are the banks own fault. The taxpayers shall not have to pay because someone else screwed up their budget and handled their finances irresponsibly. Until the people of this world realises that, and acts accordingly, history will most likely repeat itself.
- the best defence against a future economic crisis is more market competition and less regulation on business; that way we will spread the risk evenly, and effectively, among multiple, smaller banks.
- the United States should sell-out their Federal reserve so that they finally can pay off their country's debts, and also to combat the increased loaning for consumption among its citizens.
- inflation cannot be effectively combated by a central bank.
- the best way to combat inflation is to replace a nation's currency with gold and silver.
- GMO-plants are alright, as long as they are not given resistance against pesticides.
- bureaucrats are also human; that's why they fail to uphold the marxist idea of a planned economy.
- motorists shall solely pay for the maintenance of the road network.
- commuters shall solely pay for the maintenance of the rail road network.
- criminals shall solely pay for the maintenance of the judical system (and police for that matter).
- criminals shall be forced to work instead of rotting away in their cells; they are also human, and shouldn't expect special treatment.
- trade unions would be pretty much redundant in a free market economy; if you are unhappy with your current wage, you could switch to a more favourable employer.
- communist regimes only spend money on public schools because 1. it makes people less likely to revolt and 2. that way the people can read their government's propaganda newspaper.
- true wealth redistribution cannot be achieved through violence or even taxation; it must come voluntarily from the heart.
- patents and copyrights undermine private property. Thus, intellectual prperty should be abolished in favour of the free market.
Social Stances[edit | edit source]
- coercion is only right when the net worth is more freedom for everyone (globally); examples of these include, but are not limited to, police and judical system.
- a republic is the only proper form of government of a free society, and that government's only function is to protect its citizens individual rights. (Audio: Structure of government)
- a militant revolution will most likely, regardless of its aims, cost human lives short term, and even more human lives long term.
- torture is wrong, and that the victims of torture shall have a fair and honest trial. They shall also be paid compensation for their suffering.
- the death penalty is a waste of perfectly good human, no matter how criminal.
- nuclear power is both a cheap and safe energy source, if handled responsibly.
- the nuclear weapons in the world should be destroyed.
- military alliances are alright as long as they are defensive in nature.
- laws against discrimination in work places does not fulfill its purpose.
- the increasing secularisation in the world is a good thing, as long as it does not lead to religious persecution.
- gay people are not limited by their sexual orientations when it comes to contributing to themselves and society.
- abortion is, in many cases, better than the alternatives, such as teenage parents and individual poverty. However, one shall always consider the alternatives, such as adoption.
- abortion controversy isn't really about when life starts, it is about who has the right to decide over the female body; is it the mother, or the state? (Audio: Age of mediocrity
- the catholic church's stance on birth control just goes to show their problems with tackling reality.
- the Amish christians in the United States are not unsimilar to radical muslim groups like Salafists and Wahhabits.
- christian confirmation should be more properly called christian conformation.
- kosher and halal food rules were the products of another age and society; they do not have to be strictly followed in modern times.
- increased mass surveillance will not only object to our privacy. It will also make us feel insecure that Big Brother is watching, it is a waste of taxpayer's money and will have little effect on organized crime or terrorists.
- animal testing is a worthy way for the animal kingdom to serve humanity.
Citizenship & Education[edit | edit source]
- national citizenship should not be inheritable by birth; instead it should be earned by graduating from a state-sponsored school.
- the state-sponsored schools should (only) teach the following subjects: national language, international language, mathematics, philosophy, social sciences, natural sciences, money management, national law and history. When you graduate from these schools, you would earn the national citizenship.
- attendance to the state-sponsored schools should not be compulsory.
- regardless of one is a national citizen or not, one should have the full legal rights and responsibilities provided by national law. However, lacking a citizenship would naturally restrict one's influence in the direct democracy, by not being able to vote on various important issues.
- ideally, the state-sponsored schools should be privately owned, and not state property.
Very Important People[edit | edit source]
- Karl Marx is one of the most important (and scary) people in history.
- Che Guevara is the most popular communist today.
- Joseph Stalin and Mao Zedong were both responsible for more deaths than Adolf Hitler.
- Adolf Hitler was a murderer, and showed us what will happen if a nobody gain too much power.
- the Holocaust was an historical fact. The current President of Iran thinks otherwise, because he is an antisemit.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt's New deal was probably the most succesful bribe in history.
- if we learn about the mistakes of dictators such as Robert Mugabe, King jong il and Fidel Castro, history may not repeat itself.
- Robert Mugabe has proven what will happen to a nation's economy (and to its people) if you give a radical socialist free reign.
- Osama bin Ladin's wahhabit beliefs are not very unsimilar to marxism; has he forgotten that it was the USSR that invaded Afganistan in the first place?
- late Pope John Paul II was the best freedom fighter the catholic church have ever had; may he rest in peace.
- the current Pope Benedict XVI is a joke. Unfortunately for the catholics, they are stuck with their pope until he croaks, because that's what their rules says.
- Jesus, Muhammed and the Buddha were three 'wise men', and great people of their age. However, I think that their link to the divine was non-existant.
- Barack Obama would make a better president if he dropped the 'Yes we can' and made sure that his 'change' made impact on the taxpayers' wallets.
Observations[edit | edit source]
- if two individuals want to settle something, they should do that through discussion and compromises with the aim to reach consesus; that is, if they don't want to fight forever and get nowhere.
- some people are so biased on certain topics that they cannot be trusted.
- Israel have succeeded in at least preserving a democratic tradition, despite being subject of much hate from militant muslims and others.
- global warming is probably not caused solely by carbon dioxide emissions.
- anarchists shall abandon their reactionary, stone-throwing ways unless they want to be confused with Neo-Nazis.
- it would be easy to be a communist; I would do the same things as now, only opposite.
Political compass answers[edit | edit source]
Here is what I answered for my Political Compass test, and some of the underlying reasoning for my choices.
Take the Test[edit | edit source]
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- "If economic globalisation is inevitable, it should primarily serve humanity rather than the interests of trans-national corporations."
- Strongly disagree -- I disagree that globalization is inevitable. It is the result of free market forces, that will lead to prosperity for all of man. The trans-national corporations are ultimately responsible for this progress, and it is nothing less than pure justice that they should be fully rewarded for their efforts.
- "I'd always support my country, whether it was right or wrong."
- Strongly disagree -- I refuse to support any idea that I believe is wrong, and my country's policies are no exception.
- "No one chooses his or her country of birth, so it's foolish to be proud of it."
- Strongly agree -- Ultimately, humans are all the same, regardless of nationality.
- "Our race has many superior qualities, compared with other races."
- Strongly disagree -- No self-respecting libertarian would endorse ideas of superiority-thinking.
- "The enemy of my enemy is my friend."
- Strongly disagree -- To agree to that would be to accept a logical fallacy.
- "Military action that defies international law is sometimes justified."
- Strongly disagree -- Military action that defies international law is almost always offensive in nature, and by my defintions, that is an action that cannot be justified.
- "There is now a worrying fusion of information and entertainment."
- Strongly disagree -- Each individual is entitled to responsability and freedom. If they choose to accept lies as truth, then ultimately they have themselves to blame.
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- "People are ultimately divided more by class than by nationality."
- Strongly disagree -- For example, an English businessman would not be able to communicate with a Japanese businessman unless they both spoke international language. However, should any of these businessman find a beggar on the street in their home country, they could if they want to sit down and have a chat. In the first case, communication is impossible; in the second case, the chance is slight, but at least it is possible.
- "Controlling inflation is more important than controlling unemployment."
- Strongly agree -- Evidently, none of these are very nice. If a country has a high unemployment, it is in a mess. However, if it has allowed inflation to get out of control, it will inevitably lead to disaster - not to mention that high unemployment will surely follow in its steps.
- "Because corporations cannot be trusted to voluntarily protect the environment, they require regulation."
- Strongly disagree -- More regulation is not needed; any damage pollution does can already be covered under either 'Fraud' or 'Property damage' sections of national law.
- ""from each according to his ability, to each according to his need" is a fundamentally good idea."
- Strongly disagree -- Karl Marx's utopia requires of us to defy human nature: To take away that which is the rightful produce of an individual will only discourage further efforts to do good. Instead, we must help others by first helping ourselves.
- "It's a sad reflection on our society that something as basic as drinking water is now a bottled, branded consumer product.
- Strongly disagree -- Consumerism is the manifestation of man's inherent egoism. To deny our rational priorities would be unscientific, to say the least.
- "Land shouldn't be a commodity to be bought and sold."
- Strongly disagree -- The individual should have the right to his own produce, and land is no exception.
- "It is regrettable that many personal fortunes are made by people who simply manipulate money and contribute nothing to their society."
- Strongly disagree -- The individuals who lose their money on speculation do that because of poor management. That the big money often comes into the hands of the better money manager is a law of nature that ultimately forces people to use critical thinking and personal judgement instead of mindless action when it comes to finances.
- "Protectionism is sometimes necessary in trade"
- Strongly disagree -- Protectionism is the opposite of trade. It will only lead to closed borders and isolation. No country will benefit such an approach to problems, it will only make them worse.
- "The only social responsibility of a company should be to deliver a profit to its shareholders"
- Strongly agree -- Very true. Regardless, this policy would not prevent aspects such as Fair Trade and Organic products from spreading; possibly, it would actually accelerate them instead! This is totally alright however, because it is after all the consumer who has the ultimate power over the future of any company, and that is justice.
- "The rich are too highly taxed."
- Strongly agree -- To tax the succesful is to discourage the succesful. If we want succes, we cannot allow this discrimination to continue.
- "Those with the ability to pay should have the right to higher standards of medical care."
- Strongly agree - Naturally.
- "Governments should penalise businesses that mislead the public."
- Strongly disagree. If they should 'penalise' business who are spreading lies, they should do it inside the frames of current laws, and not start inventing new ones to discriminate business.
- "A genuine free market requires restrictions on the ability of predator multinationals to create monopolies."
- Strongly disagree -- Coercive monopolies have always had the backing of the state - if these companies were taken upon the free market, they would either be forced to adept, by cutting costs and improving quality, or instead be forced into a situation when they would run at a loss to keep their monopoly going, in which case they would doom themselves to bankruptcy.
- "The freer the market, the freer the people."
- Strongly agree -- If the alternative is socialism, then this statement is true.
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- "Abortion, when the woman's life is not threatened, should always be illegal."
- Strongly disagree -- What a woman chooses to do with her own body is no affair of the state.
- "All authority should be questioned."
- Strongly agree -- Naturally.
- "An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth."
- Strongly disagree -- A judical system should not be built on vengeance; such emotional vendettas should be avoided as much as possible. Instead, punishment should be a logical reflection on the amount of damage inflicted by the criminal, and the criminal should be in-debt to pay this amount back to society, either through fees or hard work.
- "Taxpayers should not be expected to prop up any theatres or museums that cannot survive on a commercial basis."
- Strongly agree -- Those who like going to theatres should pay for themselves. The rest should not have to. Sadly, such self-evidence is not present in all countries today (including my own).
- "Schools should not make classroom attendance compulsory"
- Strongly agree -- The combined choice of parent and child in this case is essential. Although it would be better for the child if he got himself educated, there is no justice in forcing descions upon these individuals. Everyone have a role to play, and they should be allowed to choose their path using their own free will.
- "All people have their rights, but it is better for all of us that different sorts of people should keep to their own kind."
- Strongly disagee -- To promote enforced isolation would only lead to grief. It will not lead to a happy and productive society.
- "Good parents sometimes have to spank their children"
- Strongly disagree -- Violence and repression is not my definition of 'good'.
- "It's natural for children to keep some secrets from their parents."
- Strongly agree -- It is within their rights, after all.
- "Possessing marijuana for personal use should not be a criminal offence."
- Strongly agree -- ... however, this would probably not be the most important of freedom reforms, although it would probably have to be handled in time.
- "The prime function of schooling should be to equip the future generation to find jobs."
- Strongly disagree -- No, the prime function of schooling is to equip the individual with knowledge of critical thinking and independant mind. Only that way can we wish to preserve the liberal democracy as we know it.
- "People with serious inheritable disabilities should not be allowed to reproduce"
- Strongly disagree -- Disabled people may overcome their disadvantages and live a productive life. To sterilize them on such unrelevant circumstances such as disease will not encourage increased productivity.
- "The most important thing for children to learn is to accept discipline."
- Strongly disagree -- To accept discipline one must abandon critical thinking. The choice is therefore between authority and freedom.
- "There are no savage and civilised peoples; there are only different cultures."
- Strongly agree -- There are no savage groups, only savage individuals.
- "Those who are able to work, and refuse the opportunity, should not expect society's support."
- Strongly agree -- If you were getting paid for not doing your job and instead sitting at home, you can bet that your friends would do the same. If this was true for a whole nation, no one would go to work anymore, and the system would inevitably collapse, because no would work and no one would pay taxes.
- "When you are troubled, it's better not to think about it, but to keep busy with more cheerful things."
- Strongly disagree -- Unless that particular strategy is part of the solution, it is unlikely to be a very productive way of working.
- "First-generation immigrants can never be fully integrated within their new country."
- Strongly disagree -- This is no reason discriminate between immigrants and locals.
- "What's good for the most successful corporations is always, ultimately, good for all of us."
- Strongly agree -- As long as these "succesful corporations" were part of a free market, and did not engage in fraud or similar criminal activity, then this statement is true.
- "No broadcasting institution, however independent its content, should receive public funding."
- Strongly agree -- That funding could possibly be abused by the state as a form of temptation or possibly coercion. This is a threat to independant content, and ulimately a free society.
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- "Our civil liberties are being excessively curbed in the name of counter-terrorism."
- Strongly agree -- Most of the time, we cannot teach others, we can only make a good example and hope they will follow. Fighting evil with evil methods is not a way to show good example.
- "A significant advantage of a one-party state is that it avoids all the arguments that delay progress in a democratic political system."
- Strongly disagree -- Skipping discussion and critical thinking is an advatange? I disagree.
- "Although the electronic age makes official surveillance easier, only wrongdoers need to be worried."
- Strongly disagree -- With complete mass sureveillance, everybody is a potential criminal in the eyes of the state. Suspicion is not a good breeding ground for liberty.
- "The death penalty should be an option for the most serious crimes."
- Strongly disagree -- Criminals are also human, and killing another human being is a waste.
- "In a civilised society, one must always have people above to be obeyed and people below to be commanded."
- Strongly disagree -- I prefer mutual cooperation instead of the order of leader and follower; many times, the former turns out more civilized than the latter.
- "Abstract art that doesn't represent anything shouldn't be considered art at all."
- Strongly disagree -- Art is by defintion subjective, thus there is no real 'truth' in aesthetics.
- "In criminal justice, punishment should be more important than rehabilitation."
- Strongly disagree -- Punishment should be according to the crime, but rehabilitation is an important tool that may lead to good consequence if applied in the right away. Thus, we cannot ignore its importance, especially if applied indiviudally.
- "It is a waste of time to try to rehabilitate some criminals."
- Disagree -- Most of the time, rehabilitation can help in getting an otherwise destructive citizen back into productivity. There are, however, always some bad eggs who refuse to change their behaviour, but that is only natural.
- "The businessperson and the manufacturer are more important than the writer and the artist.
- Strongly disagree -- Both workers of the brain and of the body are needed in a productive society. Neither of them should be unjustly discouraged from practicing their craft.
- "Mothers may have careers, but their first duty is to be homemakers."
- Strongly disagree -- In a productive society, there are no binding duties, only good consequence. To force someone to 'do their duty' will only bring grief - such things must come voluntarily in order for them to be true and just.
- "Multinational companies are unethically exploiting the plant genetic resources of developing countries."
- Strongly disagree -- Information cannot be owned by anyone unless it is kept in the isolation of the mind. Thus to claim one is being 'exploited' is nonsense, since this would indicate some kind of ownership over information. Since DNA is biological information, it is no different in this sense.
- "Making peace with the establishment is an important aspect of maturity."
- Strongly disagree -- If the establishment is unjust, there is no reason why we should accept that - their authority does not make them special.
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- "Astrology accurately explains many things."
- Strongly disagree - If you choose to believe that, you deserve to be fooled.
- "You cannot be moral without being religious."
- Strongly disagree - Blindly accepting religious authority does not make you good... unless you are a fanatic.
- "Charity is better than social security as a means of helping the genuinely disadvantaged.
- Strongly agree - Wealth redistribution must come voluntarily if the aim is to be just and productive - no social security will be able to do that.
- "Some people are naturally unlucky."
- Strongly disagree - Actually, many of the problems happening in the world is not because of fate, but because individuals do not take full responsibility of their actions.
- "It is important that my child's school instills religious values."
- Strongly disagree - I dislike religion because it is dogmatic. Faith, however, is better, but still not good because it relies on logical fallacies and pseudo-science. Still, it is not my duty to make that choice for my children; they would have to decide for themselves.
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- "Sex outside marriage is usually immoral."
- Strongly disagree - Morality is a personal issue. Claiming the opposite is dogmatic.
- "A same sex couple in a stable, loving relationship, should not be excluded from the possibility of child adoption"
- Strongly agree - They should natually be considered for adoption by their parental skills rather than their sexual orientations.
- "Pornography, depicting consenting adults, should be legal for the adult population."
- Strongly agree - Sex is a voluntary act. It should also be within the right of the participants to spread any of this 'pornogrophy' material to anyone interested. As long as everyone are enjoying themselves, no one have commited an act of injstice.
- "What goes on in a private bedroom between consenting adults is no business of the state."
- Strongly agree - Freely choosing your sexual orientations is a personal matter. The state should not interfere with this order unless their aims are destructive and authorative.
- "No one can feel naturally homosexual."
- Strongly disagree - No feelings can be denied, but not all feelings can be explained. That is the way of the world. Claiming that homosexuals' feelings are false is this case but an excuse for despotism.
- "These days openness about sex has gone too far."
- Strongly disagree - As long as this information is not making people confused, there are no barriers which should prevent us from freely expressing information and experiences, even when it comes to something as intimate and personal as sex.
Resulting coordinates[edit | edit source]
- Economic Left/Right: 10.00
- Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -8.51
- This makes me a minarchist.
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Is economic freedom and personal freedom somehow related to each other?
That very question is justified because of the two reports issued by Freedom House and The Heritage foundation/Wall Street journal.
Both reports are from 2009.
Personal freedom[edit | edit source]
Country rankings .pdf, Freedom House: http://www.freedomhouse.org/uploads/WoW09/WOW%202009.pdf
The following seventeen countries are the ones with the least amount of personal freedom in the world (according to Freedom house).
- Equatorial Guinea
- North Korea
- Saudi Arabia
All the countries on this list have been declared by Freedom House as Not Free. They have received an oppression rating betwen 7 and 6.5.
About economic systems of dictatorships[edit | edit source]
Now, what kind of economic system do these "worst of the worst" regimes prefer as policy?
With the use of the ranking system provided by Heritage foundation/Wall street, we can find out!
The economic freedom index rating varies between 0 and 100:
- 100-80: Free economy
- 79.9-70: Mostly free economy
- 69.9-60: Moderately free economy
- 59.9-50: Mostly unfree economy
- 49.9-0: Repressed economy economy
- Burma: 37.7
- Belarus: 45.0
- Chad: 47.5
- China: 53.2
- Cuba: 27.9
- Equatorial Guinea: 51.3
- Eritrea: 38.5
- Laos: 50.4
- Libya: 43.5
- North Korea: 2.0
- Saudi Arabia: 64.3
- Somalia: N/A
- Sudan: N/A
- Syria: 51.3
- Turkmenistan: 44.2
- Uzbekistan: 50.5
- Zimbabwe: 22.7
Results from survey 1[edit | edit source]
- One (1) regime only among the "worst of the worst" regimes in the world have a moderately free economy: Saudi Arabia.
- Five (5) regimes have a mostly unfree economy: China, Equatorial Guinea, Laos, Syria and Uzbekistan. Take note that these countries are only a few points away from being classified as having "opressive" economic freedoms.
- Nine (9) regimes have an outright opressive economy: Burma, Belarus, Chad, Cuba, Eritrea, Libya, North Korea, Turkmenistan and Zimbabwe. Note North Korea's miniscule rating of "2.0" in comparison with the next lowest rating of Zimbabwe (22.7).
- Two (2) regimes are so unstable, socially and politically, that they have not been able to receive a ranking index: Somalia and Sudan.
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