Freedom is on the decline according to one study.
Global freedom has moderately declined, from 7.05 to 6.93 on a ten-point scale, since 2008 through 2015, according to the third annual Human Freedom Index (HFI), the most comprehensive measure of freedom ever created for a large number of countries, according to a recent report from CATO.
The United States does not rank in the top ten. It comes in at 17th, which is higher than its ranking since 2008, although its index score has remained relatively flat. The US score of 8.27 compares to a 8.38 in 2008.
The top 10 most free countries are Switzerland, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Ireland, Australia, Finland, Norway, Denmark, and, tied at 9th place, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.
Canada ranks 11th, Sweden 13th, Germany 16th, Japan 27th, Mexico 73rd, India 102, Russia 126th, China 30th, and Venezuela 158th.
The report quoted a co-author, Tanja Pornik, saying, “In many parts of the world, freedom is under assault, with nationalism, populism, and hybrid forms of authoritarianism being sold as viable alternatives. As such, the largest deteriorations in freedom have occurred in Syria, Egypt, Venezuela, Belize, and Greece. The good news is that freedom has taken… Read More