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An Objective Comparison of the U.S. to Regimes that Everyone Labels Repressive

February 8th, 2012

How Does America Compare to China, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Other Repressive Regimes? Top constitutional law expert Jon Turley notes in a must-read Washington Post article called “We are no longer the land of the free” (I have edited slightly to remove parentheses in several places): Americans often proclaim our nation as a symbol of freedom to the world while dismissing nations such as Cuba and China as categorically unfree. Yet, objectively, we may be only half right. Those countries do lack basic individual rights such as due process, placing them outside any reasonable definition of “free,” but the United States now has much more in common with such regimes than anyone may like to admit.

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