In his most recent column, Justin Raimondo makes a good point;
Whether or not you agree with his particular evaluations of which countries are free and which aren't, it is true that this is a very subjective measure.
Which is more free, a country where 60% of one's income is paid in taxes, but where there is a right to free speech, or one in which criticizing the government carries fines and jail terms, but where taxes never exceed 15%?
People tend to view political rights as more important than economic ones; and as long as a government is democratically elected, violations of privacy are usually overlooked, it seems to me.
That is all.