Measures of Freedom
Human Freedom Index
[PDF], The Human Freedom Index 2016
2014: 8.04, Rank: 32, Personal Freedom: 8.67, Economic Freedom: 7.42, Democracy Index: 7.75
Japan | Freedom House
, Freedom in the World 2016
2016: Status: Free, Aggregate Score: 96, Political Rights: 1, Civil Liberties: 1
"In September 2015, Prime Minister Shinzō Abe's governing Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) passed security legislation that permits the country's self-defense forces to aid allies that come under attack. The legislation, to take effect in 2016, ushered in a fundamental reinterpretation of Japan's constitution, which previously had been viewed as permitting the use of force only in cases of self-defense. The measure prompted significant opposition in the parliament and inspired mass protests."
Level of Economic Freedom
, Economic Freedom of the World
2014: 7.42, Rank: 40
10 Things You Never Knew About Orwell's 1984
, by Anna Mathews, 13 Jul 2017
Ten brief items that most people are unlikely to know about Orwell and his novel
"In addition to borrowing a piece of Russian propaganda, Orwell also borrowed some Japanese propaganda for his novel. The 'Thought Police' are based on the Japanese wartime secret police who literally arrested Japanese citizens for having 'unpatriotic thoughts.' Their official name was the Kempeitai, and they officially named their pursuit the 'Thought War.'"
Book Review: Say's Law and the Keynesian Revolution
, by Richard Ebeling
, Future of Freedom
, Feb 1999
Review of Say's Law and the Keynesian Revolution: How Macroeconomic Theory Lost Its Way
by Steven Kates, 1998
"And in contemporary Japan, the inflationary boom of a few years ago resulted in misdirected investments in excess of actual market demands for various products. But rather than allow markets in Japan to adjust through bankruptcies and capital investment write-offs, as well as changes in the patterns of labor employment, the Japanese government has attempted to keep unprofitable businesses afloat and workers employed in particular lines of production where there is clearly not enough demand, given the wages Japanese labor unions insist upon."
How Franklin Roosevelt Lied America Into War
, by William Henry Chamberlin
, Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace
Excerpted from chapter 8, "The Bankruptcy of a Policy", of the Harry Elmer Barnes anthology; describes several actions by Roosevelt and his administration which contradicted his campaign pledges "to keep our country out of war"
"The freezing of Japanese assets in the United States on July 25, 1941. This step ... amounted to a commercial blockade of Japan. ... When the Japanese Prime Minister, Prince Fumimaro Konoye, appealed for a personal meeting with Roosevelt to discuss an amicable settlement in the Pacific, this appeal was rejected, despite the strong favorable recommendations of the American ambassador to Japan, Joseph C. Grew. ... Hull ... dispatched a veritable ultimatum on November 26, which demanded unconditional Japanese withdrawal from China and from Indochina ..."
Interview with Adam Smith [via Edwin West]
, by E. G. West
, The Region
, Jun 1994
Professor Edwin G. West stands in for Adam Smith and answers questions from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis banking and policy issues magazine
"There is one aspect of Japanese policy, however, that conflicts with my principle of natural liberty. Japan has used controls to reduce imports with the apparent aim of reducing workers' living standards in order to devote more national resources to industrial investment. ... Insofar as it has succeeded the result has been what I used to call a derangement, but what you now term a misallocation of resources."
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The Final Secret of Pearl Harbor
, by John T. Flynn
, Oct 1945
Written shortly after the release of the U.S. Army and Navy reports on the Pearl Harbor attack, Flynn claims it was the result of "three incredible blunders" and that President Roosevelt "personally managed the whole crisis"
"Japan's ruthless policy of conquest had brought her into deep water. ... One party – the militarists – was for seizing the Dutch East Indies which would solve the supply problem. But that would mean war with England and – almost certainly – with the United States. The Counselor of the American Embassy in Tokyo had so informed the Japanese Foreign Office. Nevertheless the extremists were for the desperate try. The other party – the moderates, led by the Japanese Premier Konoye – was for making the best terms possible with the United States and getting out of the China affair as best they could."
The War System and Its Intellectual Myths
, by Murray Rothbard
, Harry Elmer Barnes: Learned Crusader
Originally titled "Harry Elmer Barnes as Revisionist of the Cold War"
"... the highly significant MacArthur memorandum to F.D.R. of January 20, 1945 ... explicitly set forth the terms of an authentic Japanese peace offer which were virtually identical with the final surrender terms that we accepted from the Japanese seven months later — at the cost of countless needlessly expended lives, Japanese and American alike."