USA Drops Further in Freedom Ranking

Under liberal rule, the erstwhile Land of the Free becomes less free every year:

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.

At this point, the American Revolution appears not to have turned out as well in the long run as we once thought.

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. …

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.

Here are the countries considered more free than the USA:

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

Number 1 on the list is controlled by communist China. Supposedly our nuclear arsenal is intended to defend freedom from communists. Too bad this arsenal can’t be used against the real threat to freedom: the people running our media/government and using it to tighten the ratchet of tyranny notch after notch.

At least we are still ahead of Zimbabwe. But that may change along with our demographics; note that there aren’t many Third World countries toward the top of the list.

Imagine how low on the list we would fall if progressives could get the Constitution completely out of their way.

On a tip from Rob E. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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