How Free Are You?

How Free Are You?


The new Freedom Ranking is out. Every year, researchers at the Fraser and Cato Institutes compare economic freedoms like the freedom to trade, amount of regulations, tax levels, plus personal freedoms like women’s rights and religious freedom. They publish the results in the Human Freedom Index. It compares countries according to how free they are. So, is America the freest country? No. We came in 17th this year, well behind many other countries. The report says the freest countries are now: Switzerland Hong Kong New Zealand Ireland and then Australia. Years ago, America was near the top of the economic freedom list. The United States used to have one of the freest economies in the world. Ian Vasquez helped write the rankings. It used to be 2, 3, or 4 and then government started to grow. It started to spend more. To step in with dramatic government action and regulate more. The strongest consumer financial protections in history and tax more. Those who are more fortunate are going to have to pay a little bit more. Those are reasons we fell on the freedom list. So let’s look at the top of the list. Why does Switzerland rank first in the world? Welcome to the world. Because it has comparatively little regulation, low taxes, a free press, and other freedoms like same-sex marriage that many other countries lack. A good ranking matters, not just because it’s good to be free, but because freedom allows people to prosper. Look what happened in Hong Kong, number 2 on the list. Hong Kong, a thousand worlds in this one small spot. Not long ago, people in Hong Kong were among the poorest in the world, but now they’re among the richest. What do I like about Hong Kong? Every moment there’s something exciting going on. Prosperity happened because Hong Kong’s government put few obstacles in the way of trying new things, like starting a business. Here I am in Hong Kong, years ago, applying for legal permission to open a business. Handing in one form was all I had to do. Thank you, sir. The next morning I opened Stossel Enterprises. Ten dollars. It was a stupid business selling things like American frisbees, but that chance to try new things is what allowed Hong Kong to prosper. By comparison, India ranks much lower because there, to start a business, entrepreneurs may have to wait years while bureaucrats like these debate the merit of your idea. Good ideas die, waiting on these shelves. That’s a reason India stays poor. It could be worse. The most oppressed people in the world are those who live in the countries at the bottom of the freedom ranking: Egypt Yemen Libya Venezuela and least free, Syria. Mostly because of the war. You aren’t free if you worry about being killed. “No alimento” 2nd least free country Venezuela was once the richest country in Latin America. Then Socialists promised they’d spread the wealth. Now Venezuelans fight over bags of flour. Freedom is under attack all around the word. Tanja Porcnik is the rankings other author. I interviewed her by Skype, because she now lives in Austria, although she was born in Slovakia. You moved to Austria to get more freedom? Ah, yes. Freedom just inspired me. Freedom relates to other things that matter. What’s important in life? Those of us who revere freedom often say it’s the dignity of the individual, and a chance to live free from coercion. You can lead your life any way you want as long as you respect the equal rights of others. What job you want to take, what kinds of things you want to do, who you want to marry, what you want to do on your free time, where you want to live. Countries don’t regulate your free time. Oh yes they do, they regulate everything. They regulate vacation time, where you can travel, if you’re a woman in some part of the world, you have to ask permission from men to go out in public. Freedom brings good things to countries that try it. People now want to live in 3rd-ranked New Zealand. The country is politically and economically stable with people all over the world attracted by the benefits and opportunities. Ireland used to be poor, but now it ranks 4th on the Freedom Index. You don’t just arrive in Ireland, you jump in. Ireland, I think about the potato famine. I don’t think about prosperity. They reduced taxes. They reduced spending. They reduced some regulations. They opened up to trade. Crack down on China’s trade abuses. America now may close itself to some trade. If that makes you want to move to another country, the rankings offer places to consider. And places to avoid… Greece is beautiful, but it ranks 60th in freedom. China has gotten richer, but it ranks 130th. You can read the full rankings on the Cato Institute’s and Fraser Institute’s websites. It’s too bad that the US is now only 17th in the rankings, but the good news is that we are 17th partly because in recent years, other countries became more free. Despite what we hear on the news, over several decades, the world has slowly been getting better.

100 Comments on "How Free Are You?"


  1. President Donald Trump is right, we have a big trade deficit with China, they are stealing our intellectual property, not playing by the rules, this is why President Donald Trump is taking hard action. If you haven't just been watching fake news propaganda, you know President Donald Trump is very successful with creating a great strong economy for our country, solved major problems, created the lowest unemployment rate for African-Americans in history, North Korea was threatening us with nuclear weapons and testing weapons over other countries, now we have peace, the list goes on. Some people aren't smart enough to understand what President Donald Trump is thinking and doing, but he has a great track record.

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  2. And the Democrats want to turn us into Venezuela, it's like they never learn from history, their power and money is more important than the well-being of our country.

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  3. Some of those countries at the top, police and prosecute for “wrong” language. That’s not freedom.

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  4. Do we want freedom? Yes we do, and our race is naturally the most freedom-loving of all races on this planet, and we must support that; but the individualistic “freedom” promoted by libertarians and conservatives is a poisonous fake. “Freedom” to get hooked on mind-numbing drugs? “Freedom” to commit the sin of racial mixing? “Freedom” to surgically mutilate your body and call yourself a member of the opposite sex after having sterilized yourself and made yourself actually sexless forever? Such phony “freedom” offers us nothing but misery and death. The first freedom, on which all others depend, is the freedom to live in a society composed of our own people only, governed by our own best men, and governed always in our racial best interest. That first freedom is called self-determination, and, in the new world the National Alliance is going to build, any individual or any group which works against that self-determination will be instantly exiled or imprisoned.

    That means: No Soros NGOs or anti-White charities allowed. No “sanctuary cities.” No control of newspapers or networks or Internet firms by anti-White Jews or aliens of any kind. No refugees unless they’re White refugees. No agitation that pits workers against businessmen, and no business mistreatment of workers — and no replacement of White workers with non-White immigrants — and no “offshoring” of White workers’ jobs. Anyone who promotes class warfare will be treated as an enemy spy or assassin would be treated. Anyone who promotes feminism, who tries to pit White women against White men, or vice versa, will also be treated as an enemy spy or assassin would be treated. Anyone who promotes degrading pornography, or the abuse or sexual commercialization of our sacred White women and children, will be treated as a rabid dog would be treated.

    Only within such a framework, in which destruction of the race is not permitted, and in which our National Alliance-inspired laws absolutely exclude Jewish and other anti-White presence or influence in our nation, is real freedom possible. Anything contrary to the principles of White racial integrity, White racial survival, and White racial progress is treason and must be punished accordingly. Our race’s existence is not up for debate and can never be subject to a vote, and anyone who says differently should not be breathing our air.

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  5. John Stossel for 2020!!! Come on, who is with me? 🙂 USA! USA! USA!

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  6. And its 2019 and peoples freedoms are at risk in Hong Kong – likely for good if mainland send its troops in.

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  7. “China bans Hip Hop”

    Well, if I never have to listen to that rap crap again, I’d live fine.

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  8. I think Happiness index is more important where US intrestingly ranks simmilarly closer to 20!Come on China start improving your 130 position!

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  9. I know the UK will surely be lower now since you need a license to have a TV and to watch porn. Oh, and knives are banned too.

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  10. Interesting stuff but I don't buy that Hong Kong is more free than the US, sorry. Maybe with certain metrics. But theyre under the control of communists. We certainly do have too many regulations and corporate taxes could be lower. Although they were lowered quite a bit recently. But here's the thing. The US has more guns than any country. Which means we have more power to resist tyranny. We are the only country that has true free speech. The UK ranks above us, but they'll throw a guy in jail for teaching his dog the Nazi salute. Canada ranks above us, but they have compelled language laws and they're forcing waxing salons to wax a dude's balls or they'll go out of business. Australia ranks above us, but they confiscated the citizen's guns. They're missing some very important data points in their analysis.

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  11. Whatever freedoms we have are being slowly eroded by the global warming scam and Agenda 21. It's all about political control not the environment.

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  12. This list is mostly a joke. Normally I follow and agree with you. But not on this one. America is still number #1

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  13. The only time your free is when your retired Other then that you a slave to credit cards loans and you have to report some were to work or travel places you don't want to go you are only lose for awile sorry. Not free

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  14. how does Australia rank better than the us when you can't even put your hands on a person without going to jail in Australia and if you offend somebody you can go to jail

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  15. Cato's freedom index is largely bullshit. A 40% tax rate, the Swiss tax rate, is "relatively low"? Seriously? Anyone who thinks Hong Kong is free is stupid. Ever since China took over in 1997, freedom has been seriously truncated and is now under siege.

    Also, Islam is right about women.

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  16. If China is ranked 100 in the freedom index then how is hong Kong number 3? That's straight bill shit Hong Kong is China so it's not number 3 if china is in controle of it.

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  17. This is the only thing I don't agree with that stossle has put out. This is all about how wealthy the people are not actual freedom

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  18. Short Answer: America is becoming less free than ever each day.

    God Bless the former land of Freedom! Pray from Brazil 🇧🇷

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  19. Well, in terms or opportunities we are as free as they come, but in terms of cognitive freedom… let's just say sheep don't see chains

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  20. Is this some kinda satire or slap stick video. The protesters in Hong Kong holding American flags would disagree, And Australians, Irish, and New Zealand ppl are ARRESTED for hiding guns from rigid gun confiscation and even, speech isn't protectrd. Migrants comitt terrorist attacks, etc. Fix your LOST, it's wrong!

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  21. If taxes are so bad, then why is Denmark ranked 8th?

    In Denmark there are two, if not three times higher taxes than in America.

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  22. So, America was and still IS the model for a better country, although Democreeps would be like a too salty soup that nobody wants to try it but a little pinch.

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  23. Depends how define freedom. The wealthier you are, the more mobile you are. Mobility without question is the best freedom.

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  24. No country is free, these lists are just, arguably, the least-authoritarian but still authoritarian counties.

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  25. Just put comments on newest first because I assumed people were talking about how Hong Kong changed. Lol

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  26. The problem with that Index is that it is calculated using a fixed set of criteria. The high tax levels in The Netherlands for example cause a lot of restrictions, without directly prohibiting those things by law. The super high taxes on gas for example, limit the freedom to travel. Taxes of up to 120% on some new cars limits the choice of which car people can drive, while officially you could theoretically still buy them. High labor costs due to regulations and high income taxes limit the amount of people a business can hire, etc. So while issues like gay marriage, women's rights etc. are well-provisioned in those countries, many other restrictions to freedom apply which that Index does not account for.

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  27. You get as much freedom as you can afford. Rich people can get away with sending imperialist armies to the other side of the world to kill poor people.

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  28. 4:53 reducing trade with China may reduce prosperity – but not freedom. I can live with slightly less money if it means we get to hurt that retarded country.

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