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    I was looking at the Wikipedia article entitled 'Democracy Index.' It had a colored world map and it links to a listing of the world's  countries, classified as full democracies, flawed democracies, hybrid regimes, and authoritarian regimes.
    The listing classifies the USA and Canada as full democracies. The map has Canada in a deeper shade of green than its neighbor south of the border. I can believe our neighbor to the north has a stronger democracy.
    I was surprised to see the 2012 Democracy Index list France as a flawed democracy. I was not surprised to see Hungary, Greece, or Mexico listed as flawed democracies.
    All 3 Baltic countries are called flawed democracies. I can believe that for Lithuania and Latvia, but I had better hopes for Estonia. Moldova is called a flawed democracy. Armenia, Georgia, Kirgyzstan, and Ukraine are called hybrid regimes. All the other former Soviet republics (including Russia) are called authoritarian regimes.
    I would be interested to see the individual states of the USA ranked. I can believe that Vermont is a full democracy and my own state of Texas is a flawed democracy.

    Censorship is rogue government.

    by scott5js on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 08:38:05 AM PDT

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