United States Ranks 23rd on New Human Freedom Index

The United States ranks 23rd in the latest edition of an index that presents the state of human freedom in the world. The Human Freedom Index (HFI) is the most comprehensive measure of freedom ever created for a large number of countries around the globe. “The U.S. performance is worrisome and shows that the United States can no longer claim to be the leading bastion of liberty in the world,” said co-author Ian Vásquez. “In addition to the expansion of the regulatory state and drop in economic freedom, the war on terror, the war on drugs and the erosion of property rights due to greater use of eminent domain all likely have contributed to the U.S. decline.”
  • Human Freedom Index, by Ian Vásquez and Tanja Porčnik. Co-published by the Cato Institute, the Fraser Institute in Canada, and the Liberales Institut at the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in Germany.

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As economists from Adam Smith and Milton Friedman to Paul Samuelson and Larry Summers have stressed, freedom of exchange and market coordination provide the fuel for economic progress. In the 2016 Economic Freedom of the World report, global economic freedom increased slightly. Hong Kong retained the highest rating for economic freedom. The United States, long considered the standard bearer for economic freedom among large industrial nations, has fallen precipitously to 16th in this year’s report.

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