The recent killing of two Canadian soldiers by self-professed, radicalized young men who became enamoured with a violent interpretation of Islam will bring up multiple assertions about the “root cause” for such attacks.
Existing attempts to measure economic freedom have long been imperfect blurring various definitions of freedom, using subjective rather than objective measures, and either failing to account for economic freedom or focusing exclusively on it. That helps explain the rationale behind the Fraser Institutes new book, Towards a Worldwide Index of Human Freedom.
In 2005, long before there was an Arab Spring, Middle East scholar Fouad Ajami announced the autumn of autocrats and predicted that the entrenched systems of control in the Arab world are beginning to give way.
His prediction came to fruition in 2011, when four Arab dictators were toppled and a fifth (in Syria) came under sustained pressure from his subjects. With so many rogue rulers departing in such short order, now is an ideal time to survey the globe for what comes next.