Land of the Free: How Our Rights in America Stack Up Against Other Countries

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America is the land of the free, right?

For a variety of reasons, more people than ever before are challenging that assertion. So, just how well do the rights of American citizens stand up compared to other countries?

According to the Freedom Index, a nonprofit organization that analyzes social freedoms in countries around the world, America is one of the freest nations in the world, scoring highly alongside countries like Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Ireland, Germany, and more.

Let’s take a closer look at some specific rights so we can better understand – and appreciate! – what we really have:


Individual Rights

The US is fairly strong when it comes to individual rights. After all, American citizens have the right to:

  • Attend whatever school they want to 
  • Marry whoever they please 
  • Live wherever they like 
  • Work whichever job they desire, so long as they qualify

Furthermore, American citizens are protected from various types of discrimination, such as discrimination on the basis of sex, religion, race, and more.

As a whole, American citizens have a lot of individual rights that grant them high freedoms to pursue their desires and goals without having to take the government into account.

Compared to countries like China, it’s clear that the US is superior.

Criminal Rights

America is also an excellent country when it comes to criminal rights. Every citizen is guaranteed the right to a fair trial and representation, either by a lawyer that they hire themselves or a lawyer provided by their state government. 

American citizens are not allowed to be convicted of crimes without a fair trial, nor are they allowed to be tried for the same crime twice. 

However, it’s also clear that there’s a bit of work to be done in America regarding criminal justice. We currently have a higher than average number of criminal convicts in our prison system compared to countries like Norway, Sweden, France, and more.  

Still, Americans have a lot of excellent rights that protect against criminal mistreatment.

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Business Rights

Many individuals with dreams of owning their own enterprises come to America specifically to start their own businesses. That’s because America makes it easy to start a business from scratch, building a fortune along the way.

So long as you can pay the fees and follow laws concerning discrimination, you can start any kind of business you like. Contrast this with nations like India, China, and even Mexico, where certain businesses are not allowed under any circumstances or if they oppose the attitudes or ideologies of presiding governments.

Rights to Education

Every American child is entitled to a free education until the age of 18, but that's not the case in many other countries.

This right to an education is taken for granted by many American citizens, especially considering that many other countries don’t provide anything approximating a K-12 education for anyone! 

While college tuition isn’t free, a basic education is the perfect starting place for any future entrepreneur, scientist, film star, and more.

Ultimately, America is a very free country. People still immigrate here from their old homes because we provide a pathway to a better life through hard work and spirit.

While we can always improve, don’t let anyone tell you that America somehow isn’t free or that we don’t enjoy tons of rights. The exact opposite is true!


Thank you for reading, stay strong patriots. 

Justin | FamTeeWorld
Maine, USA

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