Norway Has The 'Best' Democracy In The World (USA Is 21st!)

Across the world, 49.3 percent of people live in some form of democracy with only 4.5 percent living in full democracies. That's according to a new study spanning 165 countries conducted by The Economist Intelligence Unit.

As Statista's Niall McCarthy notes, 89 nations saw their democracy score fall compared to last year with only 27 improving and the rest stagnating. The research was based on criteria including civil liberties, the electoral process and pluralism, government functionality, political participation and political culture with the countries rated on a 0 to 10 scale.

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Northern Europe leads the way for democracy with Norway recording the highest score, 9.87. Iceland came second with 9.58 while Sweden was third with 9.39.

In the same study last year, the U.S. was downgraded from a "full democracy" to a "flawed democracy" and this year, it only comes 21st with a score of 7.98.

North Korea comes last, scoring 1.08 out of 10 while Chad and Syria complete the bottom three.

Saudi Arabia is also present on the list of the world's 10 worst democracies despite the fact that the U.S. and the UK have sold it billions of dollars worth of weapons. It comes joint 159th with Tajikistan with both countries scoring 1.93 out of 10.

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Voluntary Exchange Déjà view Mon, 02/05/2018 - 04:32 Permalink

The people of the world must go to the root of the problem or they will not ultimately succeed.

We the people must be in harmony with natural law.  Learn a lesson from nature. An evil seed grows up into an evil tree.  Here is the American people's evil seed that has been reproduced in various forms by all the peoples of the nations of this world: Art 1, Sec 8 (US Constitution) - Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes.

As long as we base our civilizations on theft backed up by force we will continue to have trouble. You don't get peace, freedom, safety and prosperity by empowering a gang of people to take from you by force. Theft and physical aggression will attract the same type of failed "humans" over and over.

Once in a while you might get a gifted, decent, but ignorant person who doesn't understand that the seed and tree are evil, and who then thinks that good can be accomplished because there is not an understanding of how nature works. Ignorant "good" will be at war with evil, and that ignorance is a big weakness. The evil will use theft,fraud, and murder, always camouflaging its actions, and claim it is the "good" so as to deceive those who are able to be deceived in this way. You must eliminate the source of the enemy's strength: continuous theft backed by force and fraud.

A civilization cannot overcome evil with evil. Ultimately it will be destroyed. It is only good that can overcome evil. This is how the universe works - natural law.

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Voluntary Exchange ThanksChump Mon, 02/05/2018 - 07:23 Permalink

But the people who operate this government are an organized criminal syndicate like all the other groups of people with other forms of governments that claim the authority to take wealth by initiating force. Those who consent to such crimes are slaves who usually insist that others also live as slaves. But such foolishness in no way validates the fraud of their master's claimed authority.

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el buitre Nameshavebeenc… Mon, 02/05/2018 - 15:39 Permalink

With the possibility of Iceland excluded, all the western "democracies" would better be termed pseudo democracies.  You have the choice of voting for Tweedledee or Tweedledum who are both run by our owners and use whatever creativity they have in their think tanks to create the illusion of difference to the sheeple.  Iceland was a possible exclusion, because after the so-called fiscal crisis, the people of the country walked into their parliament, grabbed their politicians, and threw them out on the street.  But then Iceland has the population of an American mid-sized city.  In the USA the police and army would have simply gunned down the people with automatic weapons.  If if the non-coms refused to do it, they may already have robots.  Perhaps all the countries on the planet should be limit to a population maximum of a million.  Very organic.  When a cell reaches a certain size it splits and separates.  Sweden is the poster child of highly educated morons.

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MEFOBILLS ThanksChump Mon, 02/05/2018 - 11:25 Permalink

When the U.S. became more democratic, after passage of 17'th amendment, things got worse.

The founders were adamant that senator's not be directly elected; see  the first articles of constitution.  Yet, dumb ass american's were punked with progressive era acts under Wilson in 1912.  In turn that election was maneuvered and funded by our bankster ((friends)), especially Rothschild by way of Morgan interests.

Now, ask yourself why our maneuvering money powered friends would want to bribe Senators?  Democracy is a weak form of government.

To have any sort of democracy work, it requires a single race of people, without in-groups operating to undermine the polity.  A single race homogeneous people are not riven by racial factions, and hence can focus on the issues.

A multi-cultural multi-racial country will vote identity politics, and hence pressing issue never get addressed.  Now that Scandinavian countries are being invaded by brown Muslims and Negroes, then their supposed democracies will fail.   The sun comes up every day, and they will fail - it is a certainty.   

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All Risk No Reward giovanni_f Mon, 02/05/2018 - 07:19 Permalink

It was a republic before the New Deal. The Republic was the Old Deal... they just don't bother mentioning that and the dummbed-down, thoughtless masses are mostly not even capable of comprehending it even when it is explained to them.

Yeah, I know, it was really destroyed by 1913 at the latest...

And we aren't even a democracy, that's the very thin veneer of propaganda.

We are, in fact, a on nation financed and controlled by a Debt-Money Monopolist Mega-Corporate Fascist Global Empire.

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Theosebes Goodfellow giovanni_f Mon, 02/05/2018 - 09:28 Permalink

~"And now get on your knees to worship your overlords, you louse-bitten worthless piece of dirt."~

My, my, Gio, language, language! [lol] I thought it funny to see Canada up there in the freedom range, Sweden too. I was wondering where Great Britain landed but we were shorted the full list.

Here's my 2cents. Anyplace that does not allow their citizens to carry sidearms isn't free. By this stricture, there are part of the USA that are and are not free, so lumping it all in one group is kind of weird. Also lacking are all 60 criteria the Economist used for determining what made up their Index. Considering that it is the one-worlder-NWO crowd, I do not give this a whole lot of credence.

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2ndamendment World Cash Day Mon, 02/05/2018 - 08:36 Permalink

Not sure who ranked these countries but Norway pays an income tax rate of nearly 50% per year plus a VAT tax of 25%. Their tax burden is twice that of citizens in the US. In addition, their corporate tax rates can go as high as 78%!! Swedes pay a close to 60% personal income tax as well. Iceland citizens also pay a nearly 50% income tax. 

 

I wouldn't call this a very high level of freedom or individual choice, but maybe the people writing this article consider "free stuff" to be democracy rather than "freedom". 

 

 

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Gead philipat Mon, 02/05/2018 - 07:06 Permalink

The USA is not a democracy. It is a representative republic. The representatives are elected (supposedly) by a democratic voting process. Works fine until gerrymandering takes place; or as the saying goes, "figures don't lie but liars can figure". What is needed most is a document that is actually adhered to - of law - that is the final arbiter of the State. Again - supposedly - we have the Constitution. Unfortunately, it is not even glanced at anymore.

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Voluntary Exchange Gead Mon, 02/05/2018 - 09:06 Permalink

" What is needed most .." "... final arbiter of the State "

Documents have been tried over and over and they always fail, because evil is used to back them up.  The final arbiter of the "State" is crime, specifically, the initiation of force to serve the individuals who use the "State" to their benefit.

Humans have no authority to make laws!!!!

A person owns them-self, and any man-declared law that oversteps that boundary is just an excuse for criminal activity. If the universe depended on humans making proper laws, there would be no universe! The source of this reality made laws, NOT HUMANS! All attempt to deceive by invoking the authority of "law", other than real natural law, are just mind games to justify crime - to hijack the grandeur, beauty, and sanctity of the wise rules of a wise creation to justify and serve that which is a lie. To claim authority over a person or persons requires a greater authority than a person is able to posses.  We are not a collection of gods and men, we are men and women who came from the same creative source subject to the same universal natural laws that in turn define our natural rights. Woe to the person who sets themselves up as a god by trying to impose their laws upon another!!!

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Voluntary Exchange SunRise Mon, 02/05/2018 - 05:55 Permalink

" Dollars are stored labor "

If by "dollar" you mean and ounce of fine silver, then to the extent a person voluntarily offers value to obtain it  (any thing of value not only labor) and the offer is voluntarily agreed to then sure.

If you meant any paper money including the US Federal reserve note then I would remind you that usage of such notes places you at the disadvantage of those who create them. Although some think that you should "Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's"... If nothing be Caesar's then render NOTHING! Far better to use a form of exchange that is not controlled by evil. Such means of exchanges will also be harder for the thief to steal if you are careful.

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Voluntary Exchange SunRise Mon, 02/05/2018 - 06:50 Permalink

Yes. Thieves, frauds, and murderers have an easier time of it if they can confuse and deceive their victims. Enter "The Economist". The other famous category of mind games is religion. Look at the mind games that have to be played in order for a person in one religion to kill some one who does not agree with them. Those being a child of the same creative source, how can they conclude that someone must agree with them or be killed? Or obey them?  If anything, those who would kill their Earthly neighbor only because they will not do what they want are the last person you should obey!

I could direct this at Islam, but today I will challenge all "Christians" who follow the Nicene Creed of 325. How can you possibly conclude that a mass-murder/thief was disseminating truth? This tyrant Constantine couldn't easily steal from the neighbor civilizations anymore. Rome had already conquered all easy prey. Constantine needed a new way to fool his victims into consenting to support his armies and system. He needed to somehow trick his victims into believing he had divine authority to rule over them and demand payment for this "service".

This is how Constantine solved this problem: he wrapped his Mithraic Sun-Worship religion with new clothes taken from the Jesus movement extant in his empire. Anyone who would not go along with his new religion he could brand "anathema", banish or kill, and "best" of all, steal all their wealth and property! The god of this new religion needed to be both man and god so that he could then again claim divine authority as God's successor on Earth - similar to the way the Mithraism  used to work. Among those declared "anathema" were Gnostics and Ebionites. They taught, that Yeshua, whom the western cultures referred to as "Jesus", was a man born just like any other man is born, but who became "ONE" with the Son of God at the baptism event because he became the messiah by obeying the natural laws of the Creator.

Constantine even got some corrupt "clergy"- (those willing to benefit from the crimes of this tyrant in exchange for power, wealth or other benefits) to appoint "Correctors" to "clarify" extant sacred writings that did not conform to this new religion. And it was commanded that all the older documents that did not agree with the new teachings were to be destroyed. Thankfully some of these documents survived these destructions such as the Naghamadi Library, and the Essene Dead Sea Scrolls Library. Others still remain hidden that may one day be discovered. The Essenes were the predecessors of the Ebionites. At the time some Ebionite families  were direct decedents of families that were related to and/or directly followed the first-hand example of Yeshua. What can you conclude about a people who will choose death rather than follow a mass-murderer?

Some people today declare Jesus to be God just like Constantine's new religion demanded of them. If you deny the true nature of that which created you, you reap the consequences of such "idolatry". The Ebionites taught that the Kingdom of God is within every person, and that the Kingdom is not "of this world".  You can see why Constantine would want to stamp out such ideas!

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fbazzrea hardmedicine Mon, 02/05/2018 - 11:30 Permalink

excellent observation of one of many underlying structural reforms necessary to right the wrong initiated 1700 years ago.

one simple step in this direction would be realized if Trump succeeds in eliminating the federal Dept of Education and states break-up this tired, broken public school monopoly that has increasingly failed to educate our children with the tools and skills necessary to compete globally in the 21st century.

allow open competition in the market for thoughts and higher learning. using the force of law to isolate students into same-age peer groups in a system protecting incompetent instructors from free-market dynamics is not a plan for success in education. tear it down. open our children's minds in a new paradigm of allowing students to choose their own path of instruction based upon ability and interests. with the Internet and off-campus self-paced instruction available 24/7, tell me why again we continue to tax private properties to build massive campuses, pay exorbitant administrative wages and support a gaggle of mostly worthless educators with a 9-month/year lifestyle and comfy retirement package to "graduate" our future in waves of mind-numbing ignorance and statism year after year.

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CuttingEdge Déjà view Mon, 02/05/2018 - 04:32 Permalink

If the batshit crazy liberal values of Swedish, Australian and Canadian governments (all in the top 10) enforcing PC, climate change and multiculturalism on their populations are taken into consideration...

 

...you can stick this "democracy" chart where the sun don't shine. As far as plebs are concerned, democracy is an illusion - they just can't see it.

 

To whit, the Canadiian government voting last week to make their nation anthem gender neutral.

 

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HRClinton Déjà view Mon, 02/05/2018 - 05:52 Permalink

How about who works a 60 hr week?

https://www.statista.com/chart/12785/where-the-most-workers-put-in-a-60…

So much for the lie/delusion that Americans work their ass off. Also don't forget that...

   > The LPR (Labor Participation Rate) is ~68%

   > 47% don't pay taxes

   > the US has one if the worst Health & Longevity records in the West, and by far the most expensive

   > the US has just about the worst Education records of Developed countries. Certainly by FAR the most expensive.

Yet Bubbas and Hicks think we're #1. Of course these guys "thinking" is almost as dangerous as Maxine Waters, Adam Schiff or John  McCain "thinking".

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escapeefromOZ Déjà view Mon, 02/05/2018 - 06:00 Permalink

 Who wrote this piece of garbage does not know what democracy is . 

A few examples : Sweden is invaded by African savages , and many suburbs in important cities  have " No Go " zones . If the voters have chosen this outcome there is something wrong with the electoral system . 

Some of the countries at the top of this fake chart have corruption of politicians 

off the scale  . Most of the time the Prime Ministers and the chief justices of the High Court are chosen , selected , protected by the secret services not by the people . For this have a good look at Australia . 

 

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Freedumb Mon, 02/05/2018 - 04:18 Permalink

Seems accurate to me. Also depends on what you're hoping to obtain out of "democracy". "Democracy" is always more accountable to people, though, when the number of people it controls is smaller and you know the representatives directly.

JohninMK SunRise Mon, 02/05/2018 - 05:40 Permalink

Nor is it obtainable by those societies that have little concept of life other than in a feudal system or with little education.

Even here in the UK there have always been areas that vote tribally. With the increasing number of immigrants there are also indications that they are bringing their feudal ways with them and voting as instructed by their elders.

The whole business of the US attempting to ram what it thinks is the 'best' system down the throats of various countries around the world, often at the barrel of a gun or after destroying much of the infrastructure is just plain evil.

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Albertarocks Mon, 02/05/2018 - 04:27 Permalink

The country with the best form of government is Switzerland which is officially a "semi-direct democratic federal republic"... just like the USA is supposed to be a republic.  You ask any Swiss who the president of Switzerland is and 97% of them couldn't tell you... because it just doesn't matter.  The reason it doesn't matter is because every little jurisdiction runs its own business, has its own laws and the Feds have little say in the matter.  Everybody is happy, everybody obeys the laws and there is so little crime they barely even need police.  So government is small, and as a result taxes are much lower than in most countries.  Everybody is happy in a beautiful country.  What's not to like?

The only reason it isn't at the top of the list is because it's not "democratic enough" to satisfy those in power who want democracies because they're easy to manipulate in elections.  If the question was asked "In which countries are people the happiest with their government?", then Switzerland would have topped the list.