When Mashable published a map recently, noting that 40% of the world lives in free countries, you would think from the presentation that it was entirely coincidental.
After all, since cultures are entirely equal, and one shouldn’t ever judge what kinds of governments are most conducive to human health and happiness, there couldn’t be a pattern in the big picture, could there?
Turns out it’s quite obvious what the pattern is from even a cursory glance.
The map, published by the non-profit organization Freedom House and appearing in its report Discarding Democracy: A Return to the Iron Fist, shows self-evidently that the most unfree nations in the world are of an Islamist or strongly socialist bent (Russia, e.g., is authoritarian with a communist background).
The most free nations tend to be liberal democracies or social democracies. But the point is quite clear: a swath of Islamist and communist governments from East Asia to the West African Coast is dominated by communist (or former communist) governments and Islamist ones – and is decidedly “unfree.”
The following is a map of nations with high populations of Muslims.
Whether or not one concedes the point – it’s definitely not a coincidence that most unfree nations share an Islamist or communist background. Not only that, it’s also not a coincidence that most of the “violent extremism” that the President wants to address takes place in Muslim-dominated or socialist nations.
Islam is a comprehensive way of life for human beings that dictates acceptable social behavior for all those who live under the system. Pew research shows this quite well with overwhelming support for sharia law in numerous nations from southeast Asia to Sub-Saharan Africa (only in two countries is this qualified as “in Muslim areas” only – Russia and Thailand).
In the map, provided by Wikipedia in 2014, it’s difficult to tell exactly which shade of green the US is, but it looks to be the lighter shade rated at 0-10%. It’s just a guess, but I’d say we’re at least in the 20-30% range. With our current leadership, how long until we’re the next shade of green?