There has been a nifty little resource that I have been using for a while now. It’s called the index of economic freedom and is produced by the Heritage Foundation. The Heritage Foundation is a conservative think tank based in Washington D.C. thus it assesses freedom from a small government perspective. It is by no means definitive but operates as a good loose guide to the amount of economic, business and fiscal freedom that a country may offer.
Last year the U.K. was hanging in the number 10 slot but it has fallen off of the top ten in 2010, which was expected. What was surprising was the negative 2.7 drop of the Unites States from a “free” country to a “mostly free” country. I knew it would drop but not by so much.
New Zealand, my new country of interest which is holding all my attention at the moment (hence no posts or videos) has risen to number 4 in the list. Leftist/Statist governments make a country and people less free.
Posted on: Thursday, February 04, 2010 9:05 AM