Leader of the Free World?

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by Joe Messina

I have heard the term leader of the free world for years, but never stopped to think about what “the free world” really meant.

According to the dictionary:

1) – The Free World is a Cold War–era term for the non-communist countries of the world. The free world included countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Canada, West Germany, Australia, and countries belonging to organizations such as the European Community and NATO. In addition, the “Free World” occasionally includes the Commonwealth realms, Japan, Israel, and India.

2) – the part of the world where democracy and capitalism or moderate socialism rather than totalitarian or Communist political and economic systems prevail

President Obama is referred to as the “Leader of the free world.” To be fair, all American presidents since the Cold War-era have been referred to as the leader of the free world.

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