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Index Of Economic Freedom World Rankings 2011

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World Rank Country Freedom Score

1 Hong Kong 89.7 0.0

2 Singapore 87.2 +1.1

3 Australia 82.5 -0.1

4 New Zealand 82.3 +0.2

5 Switzerland 81.9 +0.8

6 Canada 80.8 +0.4

7 Ireland 78.7 -2.6

8 Denmark 78.6 +0.7

9 United States 77.8 -0.2

10 Bahrain 77.7 +1.4

11 Chile 77.4 +0.2

12 Mauritius 76.2 -0.1

13 Luxembourg 76.2 +0.8

14 Estonia 75.2 +0.5

15 The Netherlands 74.7 -0.3

16 United Kingdom 74.5 -2.0

17 Finland 74.0 +0.2

18 Cyprus 73.3 +2.4

19 Macau 73.1 +0.6

20 Japan 72.8 -0.1

21 Austria 71.9 +0.3

22 Sweden 71.9 -0.5

23 Germany 71.8 +0.7

24 Lithuania 71.3 +1.0

25 Taiwan 70.8 +0.4

26 Saint Lucia 70.8 +0.3

27 Qatar 70.5 +1.5

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Interesting to see Jermany in at 23, 7 below the UK and France, Spain and Italia no where on the list .... ?

Spain is 31, France 64 and Italy 87, the full list is in the link. Not entirely surprising that Germany is below the UK in such a ranking though, regulations on many things starting from the labour Market to tenancies are much more strict there and there are no plans for relaxing them in the name of economic freedom.

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Spain is 31, France 64 and Italy 87, the full list is in the link. Not entirely surprising that Germany is below the UK in such a ranking though, regulations on many things starting from the labour Market to tenancies are much more strict there and there are no plans for relaxing them in the name of economic freedom.

Yet they outperform many countries above them? What gives, is economic freedom not everything it's cracked up to be? :ph34r:

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The heritage foundation is hardly an unbiased source. It is like asking Hitler if Jews are good.

Indeed. It would be interesting to compare this to some 'quality of life' indexes.

Just for fun.

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The heritage foundation is funded by billionaires- so their notion of 'economic freedom' might differ from that of most people.

Essentially what they mean is the freedom to use money and power without any irritating human rights getting in the way.

Charles and David Koch also have been involved and have provided funding to a number of other think tanks and advocacy organizations: They provided initial funding for the Cato Institute,[19] they are key donors to the Federalist Society,[19] and also support the Mercatus Center, the Institute for Humane Studies, the Institute for Justice, the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution, the Institute for Energy Research, the Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment, Heritage Foundation, the Manhattan Institute, the George C. Marshall Institute, the Reason Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute.

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As I understand it, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Canada, Ireland, Denmark, United States, Luxembourg and The Netherlands, all rated above the UK, have a functioning judicial system and respect for human rights.

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As I understand it, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Canada, Ireland, Denmark, United States, Luxembourg and The Netherlands, all rated above the UK, have a functioning judicial system and respect for human rights.

Unlike the top rated location Hong Kong:

Although the Basic Law, which is the Constitution of Hong Kong, contains provisions guaranteeing freedom of association, the right to organise and the right to strike, no laws have been implemented to secure the effective application of these fundamental rights.

http://ihlo.org/IS/000909a.html

So it appears the 'economic freedom' being assessed herein does not include the freedom to organise against exploitation. Does anyone really take seriously the claim that Hong Kong is more free than Sweden?

Unless, that is, the freedoms you are concerned with are those of big business and the corporations.

I have no problem with rich men advocating policies in their own interest- but to present that self interest as a concern with the liberty of the ordinary individual is bullshite.

The dirty little secret of the freedom promised by the neo liberal right is that it's only available to those with the money to pay for it. In their world it's the Corporations who have human rights, while the human beings they employ are expendable commodities.

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