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A case study in independence

July 4, 2010

During its 234 years of independence from Great Britain, the U.S. has been a beacon of freedom, leading the way in a peaceful transitions of civilian power based on merit and elections rather than birth and bloodshed.  We abolished the scourge of slavery in the 19th century and the menace of totalitarian ideologies in the 20th century.

After declaring its own independence from Britain in 1957, Malaysia has moved in the opposite direction—restricting liberty at every turn.  While Lincoln saved our union, Malaysia didn’t care much about its own.  Singapore quit (or was “expelled” according to the Malaysian story) in 1965.

In 1971, Malaysia instituted its tax discrimination, quasi-apartheid bumiputra system against non-Muslims.

In recent years, Malaysia has descended into a decreasingly secular Islamic darkness.

The U.S. took the best traditions of Britain such as the rule of law, limits on executive power, and civil liberties, and built on those to create the most enduring freedom that any nation has ever enjoyed.

Malaysia, on the other hand, took the best traditions of Britain and flushed them into the South China Sea.  Then they dusted off the books to recreate the worst traditions of Islam.

Happy 4th of July, America!  Our own political climate is alarming, but it could be so much worse.

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