“The Libertarian Cato Institute co-publishes a Human Freedom Index (HFI) and the most recent one (2012) ranked the United States #20 out of 152 countries (down from #17 in 2008). Shouldn’t this concern every liberty loving American? It’s not just theoretical. Citizens in countries in the top quartile (the top #38) of the HFI, earn a little over $30,000 a year, while citizens in just the next (lower) quartile of freedom earn just 1/5th this amount…

…and citizens in the bottom quartile earn less than 1/10th this amount. I think the United States needs to take immediate steps to stem its decline in human freedom and get a lot higher on this index don’t you? By the way, I didn’t see Cuba on this list (my guess is they would be at or near the bottom), but here are some other countries (that are all well-known to be socialistic and fairly totalitarian/anti-democratic) and where they stand: #111 Russia, #132 China, #144 Venezuela, and in dead last #152 Iran!!!! (Really makes you feel good about negotiating a nuclear deal with a country ranked dead last in freedom, which included The Rule of Law!).” Mike Perry

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United States Ranks 20th on New Human Freedom Index

The United States ranks 20th on a new index that presents the state of human freedom in the world. The Human Freedom Index (HFI) is the most comprehensive measure of freedom ever created for a large number of countries around the globe. “The
U.S. performance is worrisome and shows that the United Sta
tes can no long
er claim to be the leading bastion of liberty in the world,” said co-author Ian Vasquez. “In addition to the expansion of the regulatory state and drop in economic freedom, the war on terror, the war on drugs and the erosion of property rights due to greater use of eminent domain all likely have contributed to the U.S. decline.”

Human Freedom Index, by Ian Vásquez and Tanja Porčnik. Co-published by the Cato Institute, the Fraser Institute in Canada, and the Liberales Institut at the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in Germany.

Will the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Live Up to Its Promise?

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations were launched to great fanfare in mid-2013 with the pronouncement that a comprehensive deal would be reached by the end of 2014 on a “single tank of gas.” But after more than two years and 10 rounds of negotiations, an agreement is nowhere in sight and substantive differences remain between the parties. What are the prospects for fulfilling the promise of a comprehensive trade and investment deal between the United States and the European Union?

“Will the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Live Up to Its Promise?,” Upcoming Cato Conference

Why the Federal Government Fails

Most Americans think that the federal government is incompetent and wasteful. What causes all the failures? A new study from Cato scholar Chris Edwards examines views on government failure, and outlines five key sources of federal failure. Edwards concludes that the only way to substantially reduce failure is to downsize the federal government: “Political and bureaucratic incentives and the huge size of the federal government are causing endemic failure. The causes of federal failure are deeply structural, and they will not be solved by appointing more competent officials or putting a different party in charge.”

“Why the Federal Government Fails,” by Chris Edwards


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