The Land of the 'Free'?
 (The Shaping of Today's Culture in the United States)
by William D. Wylie, Jr., B.S., a student of Sociology
"That government is best which governs least."
- Henry David Thoreau
"There is but one way to know the truth, and that is not a golden one. It is fraught with toil and sacrifice and perhaps ridicule. The seeker of the truth must be fearless, he must not be afraid to enter the innermost holies of holies, and to tear down the veils of superstition that hang about any human and so-called divine institution. It is the truth that makes men free. If the truth tears down every church and government under the sun, let the truth be known and this truth only will be known when men cease to swallow the capsules of ancient doctors of divinities and politics; and when men begin to seek the truth in the records of history, politics, religion, and science."  -  Charles Austin Beard, 1898 

tyr· an· ny, tir'a·ne, n. pl. tyr· an· nies. [O.Fr. tirannie (Fr. tyrannie), < M.L. tyrannia, < Gr. tyrannia, < tyrannos, E. tyrant.] The government or rule of a tyrant or absolute ruler, as in ancient Greece; a state ruled by a tyrant; oppressive or unjust government by any ruler; despotic abuse or authority; undue severity or harshness; a tyrannical act or proceeding.

This paper details some of the many human rights violations committed by some
of the governments here on North America, as well as our extensive history of ethnic,
racial and religious intolerance and violence. It details many forgotten facts of our
history, the bad things we didn't learn in school. The United States would be
a better place if the bad things hadn't happened.
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Ideally, freedom would be the same everywhere here on Earth. It isn't.
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