Is Canada "Free'er" than the U.S.
Every now and then, I get a retarded argument like "Canadians are more free" than Americans. So I created a list of ways the U.S. is has more freedoms than Canada:
- Looser immigration policies
- Less regulations / More Entrepreneurialism
- Government supported monopolies (like on Internet carriers, etc)
- Cheaper everything (Airfare, phone service, groceries, cars, etc)
- Lower Taxes - you're only as free (economically) as your tax basis (that's how much a slave to the state you are).
- First Amendment / Free speech -- in Canada you can be imprisoned for "Hate speech". But the 1A wasn't created for speech government agrees with.
- Second Amendment - right to self defense and tools thereof
- Healthcare choices
- Education: Canada is more GPA (compliance/bureaucracy) focused, in the U.S. they can take other things into account, creativity, accomplishment, or just ability and willingness to pay. Private education is a sign of freedom and a free market. Government-only (or mostly) is a sign of less.
- Smoking (I don't smoke, but banning it federally isn't what liberty looks like)
- Legalized Pot (some states -- but again, allowing state by state is more free than the federal government deciding everything).
This isn't saying Canada is a bad place. But you don't get to argue it has more freedom, without admitting the ways it does not.