In Canada, the UK, France, Germany, etc, you can vote for Libertarians, Communists, RacistNaziLikes, etc, and all get equal access to the media and the political system.
The problem is when the entire political class becomes the problem that voters need to consider at election time. In a way some of the countries you mention are actually more vulnerable because the people falsely believe they are in charge.
For example... among ordinary people there is a lot of disagreement on the direction we are headed in... with the world increasingly run by a career political class full of technocrats and bankers. But theres no such debate amongst our political class, so how can voters weigh in on some of these bigger issues.
I understand we can keep going to the polls and voting on the various culture war issues and sub issues that we have been tricked into thinking are important. But what about the big picture stuff... the general direction the world is heading in (both political and economic globalism, the trend towards electronically recording citizens, the consolidation of economic and political power by money printing central banks and unelected technocrats).
Who do I vote for if I want real economic and monetary reform? Who do I vote for if I want to end all these massive unfunded mandates?
THeres nobody. All the viable parties are basically the same on the REAL important issues. They all want to spend money they dont have, they all want to fight wars we cant afford, they all want trade real property later for debt now.
At least people in Saudi Arabia know theyre not free! That knowledge is actually a bit of freedom in itself. Canadians get up and vote based on a bunch of ancillary issues (gay marriage, gun registries, abortion, religion, etc), that have almost no importance what-so-ever while the real issues of our day are not even really discussed, they truly believe this puts them in the drivers seat.
My question again is what can voters do when it is the entire political class itself that becomes the biggest problem facing them? Who do you vote for then?