• United States Drops In Overall Freedom Ranking

    A new report on the freedom of countries around the world ranks the United States 20th, putting countries like Chile and the United Kingdom ahead of the U.S.

    Last year, the U.S. was ranked 17th, but a steady decline of economic freedom and “rule of law” has dropped the level of freedom, according to the Cato Institute, Fraser Institute and the Swiss Liberales Institut, which created the study together.

    Co-author of the report Ian Vasquez told The Daily Caller News Foundation that the steady growth of government and increased regulations of business and labor contribute to the U.S. low rating.

    “Since the year 2000, the U.S. has been on a decline in terms of economic freedom,” Vasquez told TheDCNF.

    The other main reason for the United States’ low rank comes from the “rule of law” measure. Vasquez told TheDCNF that increased invasions of privacy through the war on drugs and war on terror have contributed to the decline in freedom.

    Also, the increased use of eminent domain is factored in as a violation of property rights.

    The other indicators used to make the list were security and safety, movement, religion, association, assembly and civil society, expression, relationships, size of government, legal system and property rights, access to sound money, freedom to trade internationally, regulation of credit, labor and business.

    Based on those measures, here are the top 25 countries.

    1. Hong Kong

    2. Switzerland

    3. Finland

    4. Denmark

    5. New Zealand

    6. Canada

    7. Australia

    8. Ireland

    9. United Kingdom

    10. Sweden

    11. Norway

    12. Austria

    12. Germany

    14. Iceland

    14. Netherlands

    16. Malta

    17. Luxembourg

    18. Chile

    19. Mauritius

    And then finally..

    20. United States

    Just after the U.S.,

    21. Czech Republic

    22. Estonia

    22. Belgium

    24. Taiwan

    25. Portugal

    “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,” Vasquez wrote.”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.”

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