Updated Human Freedom Index

Updated Human Freedom Index. By Dan Mitchell, whose website title is “International Liberty: Restraining Government in America and Around the World.”

A new edition of [Cato’s] Human Freedom Index has been released.

I don’t know if this means we should view Switzerland as the world’s most libertarian nation (or perhaps the world’s least statist nation), but it’s obviously good to lead this list. …

The Human Freedom Index (HFI) presents a broad measure of human freedom, understood as the absence of coercive constraint. This seventh annual index uses 82 distinct indicators of personal and economic freedom…

83 percent of the global population lives in jurisdictions that have seen a fall in human freedom since 2008….

Venezuela is normally the worst of the worst, but in this case Syria wins the Booby Prize.

Let’s now give some extra attention to Hong Kong.

The report notes that there’s been a very unfortunate decline in human freedom in Hong Kong, mostly because of an erosion of personal freedom. And Hong Kong’s score is expected to drop even further in future editions.

P.P.S. For what it’s worth, I still think Australia might have the best long-run outlook for human freedom.

Is Australia Still the Best Country for American Refugees? By Bill Mitchell in October 2017.

I picked Australia for several reasons, including its geographic position (no unstable welfare states on the border, which is why I didn’t select Switzerland), its private social security system (unfunded liabilities are small compared to the $44 trillion shortfall in America’s government-run system), and its relatively high level of economic freedom. …

A recent Bloomberg column noted that millionaires are moving Down Under.

Australia  is a relatively honest and well-run country on the periphery of the world. However the size of the state keeps creeping up, even while general competence gradually erodes from high levels. In most trends Australia is between 2 and 20 years behind the US, but has next to zero illegal immigration and no history of slavery.

Btw, the recent theme on US right-wing websites of draconian rights abuses and so on in Australia over covid are basically lies and exaggerations, taking things way out of context with no idea of what is going on. Some of them have a grain of truth, but they are then so twisted as to be unrecognizable. Sad. Tucker Carlson with his repeated lie about Australia going into martial law is right up there, unfortunately.