Three Countries I Think We Could Learn From

My trust in Anarchism has ever so increasingly been swaying more towards a kind of Leftism. But I am officially declaring that I will not put my faith in ANY ideology, I will forever remain open-minded and skeptical to them all. In my Pragmatic view of things I believe that the rest of the world should follow the example of these three following nations in specific areas, seeing as they have proven to work better.

1. France

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France is ranked by the  International Living Magazine’s 2010 Quality of Life Index as number one, that is,  having the highest living conditions in the world.

Why is this?

I think it is also because France is ranked by the World Health Organization as having the number one best healthcare system in the world.

What makes it so great?

It’s universalized.

So is the other top 5 below it on the list.

That is the first thing I wanted to mention here that other nations should adopt.

2. Switzerland

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Switzerland held the former number one spot in Living Magazine’s Quality of Life Index for 2008.

Why is this?

I think this is because Switzerland has one of the lowest crime rates in the world. The amount of homicide per 100,000 people in Switzerland is only 2.26 as compared to 5.4 in America, which is less than half.

What makes it so safe?

I think this is because Switzerland actually has PRO-gun laws.

Confused???

Switzerland requires every viable citizen, upon turning 18, to own and know how to properly operate a gun.

Why would they do that?

Because ANTI-gun laws simply don’t work, the government is powerless to such a powerful consumer demand for firearms. The only thing that gun laws do is take guns away from good law-abiding citizens while permitting the bad people to still have them.

“From available statistics, among the 27 countries surveyed, it is difficult to find a correlation between the existence of strict firearms regulations and a lower incidence of gun-related crimes. In Canada a dramatic increase in the percentage of handguns used in all homicides was reported during a period in which handguns were most strictly regulated. And in strictly regulated Germany, gun-related crime is much higher than in countries such as Switzerland and Israel, that have simpler and/or less restrictive legislation.”

~(Library of Congress, “Firearms Regulations in Various Foreign Countries, May 1998”)

“New Jersey adopted what sponsors described as “the most stringent gun law” in the nation in 1966; two years later the murder rate was up 46% and the reported robbery rate had nearly doubled.

In 1968, Hawaii imposed a series of increasingly harsh measures and its murder rate tripled from a low of 2.4 per 100,000 in 1968 to 7.2 by 1977.

In 1976, Washington, D.C., enacted one of the most restrictive gun control laws in the nation. Since then, the city’s murder rate has risen 134% while the national murder rate has dropped 2%.

Among the 15 states with the highest homicide rates, 10 have restrictive or very restrictive gun laws.

Twenty percent of U.S. homicides occur in four cities with just 6% of the population—New York, Chicago, Detroit, and Washington, D.C.—and each has or, in the cases of Detroit (until 2001) and D.C. (2008) had, a requirement for a licence on private handguns or an effective outright ban (in the case of Chicago).”

~The National Center for Policy Analysis

“Since Australia’s 1996 laws banning most guns and making it a crime to use a gun defensively, armed robberies rose by 51%, unarmed robberies by 37%, assaults by 24% and kidnappings by 43%. While murders fell by 3%, manslaughter rose by 16%.”

~USA Today newspaper in 2002

According to the BBC News, handgun crime in the United Kingdom rose by 40% in the two years after it passed its draconian gun ban in 1997.

I think the world would be wise to follow the Swiss example.

3. Costa Rica

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Costa Rica is ranked by Happy Planet Index 2.0 as been the happiest country in the world. In the study many people from each sampled country were asked to say exactly how satisfied they were with their life.

Why are people so happy there?

Far leftists will sometimes point this out because Costa Rica has very high taxes and high social services. However, I don’t think that’s the cause. In studying Costa Rica I found that there was one big thing that popped out at me…IT HAS NO MILITARY!! None! Since all the tax money is going to other things instead of the military it is as if there were  no taxes at all, since all the money is coming back in services.

However,  it appears there is a catch. Though nothing has happened yet, it seems like Costa Rica is just begging to be invaded.

BUT WAIT!

If all the citizens had guns and knew how to use them that would lessen the threat, now wouldn’t it?!?!

Let these three things be my word of advice to any nation.

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One Response to “Three Countries I Think We Could Learn From”

  1. At least he didn’t get arrested in Arizona. They have some of the most severe penalties in the US. Read about the penalties enforced under Arizona DUI law, not too pretty.

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