Friday, January 14, 2011

Freedom On Global Decline


Global freedom declined for a fifth straight year in 2010 as authoritarian regimes dug in worldwide and crime and unrest plagued democracies like Mexico, a US watchdog said Thursday.

In "Freedom in the World 2011" the Washington-based Freedom House said it had documented the longest continuous period of decline since it began compiling the annual index nearly 40 years ago.

"A total of 25 countries showed significant declines in 2010, more than double the 11 countries exhibiting noteworthy gains," the group said.

"Authoritarian regimes like those in China, Egypt, Iran, Russia, and Venezuela continued to step up repressive measures with little significant resistance from the democratic world," it said
You will find the rest at this link.

Sad to say, but the bulk of humanity has lived under some form of tyranny since the beginning of recorded history. Only a fortunate few have enjoyed living under relative freedom.

Our generation was among that fortunate few. I am not all that confident those coming behind us will enjoy the same level of freedom we did.

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When liberty is taken away by force it can be restored by force. When it is relinquished voluntarily by default it can never be recovered. -Dorothy Thompson