My world view can be summarised by the following:
1. Western values are the best
I believe in
the western Enlightenment model of free speech, human rights,
democracy and capitalism.
These ideas are universal, and they will work
for every country that adopts them.
Every country in the world should adopt these ideas.
They will be much freer, much happier,
and incidentally much richer
if they do.
If the whole world adopts these ideas
it will mean
the end of war
This isn't an opinion.
This is statistical fact.
My world view might be shocking
if you were brought up in the polite left-liberal
consensus in Europe.
My view is that there is something basically wrong
with the non-westernised world.
My view is that humanity has discovered the correct way
to live - the so-called western way - and any country in the world
that doesn't adopt it is simply backward.
Other races aren't backward. Other cultures are.
Western values - reason, science, democracy, free speech,
freedom of religion, free press,
a secular state, private property, free enterprise, and so on -
are not the property of one racial group (as America itself shows).
They belong to all races,
and these values should be adopted by the
2. We must defend the West (and all free countries)
My world view can be summed up by
's list of free and unfree countries.
divides the world into
"Free", "Partly Free" and "Not Free"
Accepting that one could debate indefinitely where to draw the lines,
Freedom House's division does express a basic truth about the world.
About 2 billion people in the world
live in unfree countries,
and every civilized person must hope for their liberation.
For me, an ethical foreign policy would be
to be allies (including formal military allies)
of the countries in the "Free" category,
about the countries in the "Partly Free" category,
and to be formally hostile
to the regimes in the "Not Free" category.
If you think that sounds reasonable, then why don't you
what countries are in each category,
and then you will realise how
skewed our foreign policy currently is.
I regard every regime in the "Not Free" category
as invalid and illegitimate.
These regimes have no right to exist
and should be replaced by free democracies.
I do not recognise as valid any vote in which these regimes
- such as
UN world conferences,
Arab League meetings.
Is it simplistic to rank countries, as Freedom House does?
Freedom House to
other human rights groups
such as Amnesty International
since the other groups refuse to rank countries.
They refuse to say
that such a thing as a "free world" exists
- that, for example,
the Netherlands is more free than Saudi Arabia.
Instead, they just list criticisms of each country.
But since every country can be criticised about something,
why should one take, say, criticisms of Sudan, China or
North Korea seriously.
After all, Britain and France can be criticised too.
So yes, Amnesty and the others do important work,
but they should have the courage to say that
there is such a thing as the free world
and it is not perfect but
it is better than the unfree world.
Ranking of world freedom - Freedom House
is my preferred source of human rights country reports.
world map of freedom
clearly shows the unfree world
and plain old-fashioned dictatorships in Africa.
- Freedom House
- Freedom in the World report
- Freedom in the World report 2013
- Freedom in the World report 2012
- Some old graphs:
The worst countries
Comparison of freedom of countries with their prosperity
(and detailed GDP figures).
Comparison of freedom of countries with their prosperity:
shows that political freedom makes you rich.
Of the 48 high-income countries,
80 percent of them rank as "Free" on political freedom.
At the very top,
20 out of 20 of the top richest countries in the world are "Free".
- Of the "Not Free" countries,
76 percent of them are low-income,
24 percent are middle or high income.
- Of the "Partly Free" countries,
71 percent are low-income,
29 percent are middle or high income.
- Of the "Free" countries,
17 percent are low-income,
83 percent are middle or high income.
- "Free" countries account for 89 percent of the world's wealth.
They are rich because they are free,
not for any other reason.
- There is a clear correlation
between political freedom and prosperity,
just as there is
between economic freedom and prosperity.
Why is the world too stupid to see this? Why don't they
embrace freedom too?
Map of world freedom 2013
based on rankings of
Green - "Free".
Yellow - "Partly Free".
Purple - "Not Free".
Ranking of world freedom - The Economist
's ranking is not much different to Freedom House's ranking.
The Democracy Index, 2011,
from The Economist
Green - full or flawed democracies.
Yellow and Orange - Hybrid regimes.
Red - Authoritarian regimes.
Ranking of world freedom - Center for Systemic Peace
The trend towards increased world freedom, 1946-2007.
From the Polity IV Project
Red = Autocracy.
(a state with weak or non-existent central authority).
Blue = Democracy.
As an atheist
I stand completely with religious people everywhere
who are not free to practice their religion.
Most of the religious intolerance in the world
is in Islamic states
and communist states.
There are 7 nations where atheism is punishable by death:
Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, Mauritania, the Maldives
All 7 establish Islam as the state religion.
"Seven barbaric crapholes where the state can execute you for being atheist. Can anyone guess the religion?"
All over the Islamic world, the communist world,
and the third world,
Christians are oppressed and killed for their beliefs.
Christians are probably the most persecuted religious group in the world today.
Gay rights around the world.
Tolerance of homosexuality gives us a good idea how other
sexual freedoms are tolerated
(such as contraception, pornography,
sex outside marriage).
Life in prison
- Tyrants' embassies in Ireland:
40 Ailesbury Road,
184-186 Orwell Road,
12 Clyde Road,
1B Ailesbury Road,
- Saudi Arabia:
6 and 7 Fitzwilliam Square East, Dublin 2.
2 Adelaide Court,
72 Mount Merrion Ave,
- Palestinian Authority:
10 Mount Merrion Ave,
- These embassies defile my beautiful city.
All these embassies should be shut down,
and the diplomats expelled from Ireland.
Ireland should not have diplomatic relations with these places
until they become free societies.
- These are simply modern versions of:
- World War Two's
Nazi Germany Legation,
58 Northumberland Road, Dublin.
The Cold War's
Soviet Union embassy,
184-186 Orwell Road, Rathgar, Dublin 14.
- Ted Leddy
on claims that the Iranian Embassy intimidates Iranians in Ireland:
"the Iranian embassy in Dublin is engaged in spying against Irish and Iranian citizens in this country. The principal objective of this is to make note of which Iranians living here are engaging in anti regime politics. This is reported back to Tehran and the family members of these people are threatened that if their relatives in Ireland don't stop what they are doing, there will be serious consequences."
at Iranian Embassy, Dublin, Feb 2011.
The Rectory of
St. Philip and St. James Church,
Mount Merrion Avenue, Dublin,
1887 to 1913 period,
before it was defiled by the tyranny of Iran.
The Rectory is now the Iranian Embassy.
Thom's Directory of Dublin
shows it for at least 1901 to 1945
as the home of the Rector of
St. Philip and St. James Church.
It is now called "Hollybrook",
and is the Embassy of a regime that persecutes
Hopefully these defilers will be expelled from it soon.
Wouldn't it be lovely if it became the Rectory again?
Google street view.
Iranian authorities raid Christian church at Christmas, Dec 2011, and detain everyone in the building, including children
attending Sunday school.
And this regime is allowed to continue to defile a Christian Rectory in Ireland?
For me, the most important issue
in all future world politics
is the need to prevent genocide and mass murder by dictators.
The only real
, long-term solution to this
is to end
- The arrest of Pinochet, 1998, and
immunity for mass-murderers:
- The reality is that there is no such thing as law in this world,
and there never has been.
Within a sovereign state governments can do anything they like.
Murder, rape, torture and genocide go unpunished as they have always done.
arrest is one of the few hopeful signs
that at last there may come into existence
a form of law for this long-suffering planet.
- Sovereignty - the friend of tyrants
The Sovereignty Con
by Ralph Peters
rages furiously against the UN and the left's
defence of "sovereignty".
- "Today, claims of territorial sovereignty by dictators and
amount to the biggest con in history.
matter how unfairly borders are drawn, no matter how
monstrously tyrants behave toward their populations, no
matter how ruthlessly a strongman seizes power, the world
those who hold the reins in the capital city are
entitled to do whatever
they want on their own territory.
The current system is the greatest collective violation of
human rights in our time.
The United States must shatter this
- "today's international revolutionaries are on
the political right.
The left wing represents the ancien regime"
- Unfree regimes have no right to exist
and "every government should be
of the people, by the people,
and for the people"
- this sums up the revolution of the right.
This sick petition in support of Castro's Cuba
explicitly calls on the world
to "uphold the universal principles of national sovereignty,
respect for territorial integrity
This is what the left stands for - not human rights.
Sovereignty can't protect mass killers
- "Why can't John Pilger et al
see that human rights are more important
Rudolph J. Rummel
has done some of the most exhaustive statistics
of history's genocide and state mass murder.
He has come to a simple, but totally unappreciated, point,
that, I believe, is now the central point of world politics.
Democracy brings peace, life and prosperity.
A powerful state brings war, genocide, death,
poverty and famine.
It's not an opinion.
It's statistical fact.
Reading these statistics
should innoculate you against all philosophies
that demand a powerful state.
The top killers of the 20th century (individuals).
Rudolph J. Rummel