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‘Human Freedom Index’ Shows Americans Not Free

As Americans we like to think we’re free and in control of our own destiny; we look at the rest of the world with an air of superiority. But as I have said, that ship sailed a long time ago and the people are too uniformed to realize it.

We like to believe we are free; but the question that begs an answer is: free compared to what or better still, free compared to whom?

The Cato Institute is an American Libertarian think tank based in Washington, D.C. It is one of the top think tanks in the world. Ian Vasquez and Tanja Porcnik from Cato released “The Human Freedom Index, a report that presents a broad measure of personal, civil, and economic freedom around the world. It is co-published by the Cato Institute, the Fraser Institute (Canada) and the Liberales (Germany), and is the most comprehensive index on freedom yet created for a globally meaningful set of countries.” (New Human Freedom Index, U.S. Ranks 20th; 8/18/2015; Ian Vasquez)

Vasquez and Porcnik, “look[ed] at 76 indicators in 152 countries to capture the degree to which people are free to engage in voluntary exchange and enjoy major liberties such as freedom of speech, religion, and association.” Their study also included, “measures on freedom of movement, women’s freedom’s, safety and security, and rule of law.”

Now Vasquez and Porcnik have released “The Human Freedom Index for 2016,” and suffice it to say, that for policy wonks such as myself, the 300 plus pages are the things that bedtime reading is all about. The report is fascinating and detailed on every quantifiable level. It is constraints of page space that prevent my in depth examination of the report findings.

Specific to my opening paragraph, this is what you should be alarmed about. When Obama took office in 2009 the United States was ranked 16th on The Human Freedom Index. In 2015 the United States was ranked 20th on same and in the report published 2016 the United States was ranked 22nd in the world in terms of exhaustive studies of The Human Freedom Index.

It is a fact that driving America into the economic abyss wasn’t the only thing Obama did as president; he also deprived Americans of their basic Constitutional personal, civil, and economic freedoms at an accelerated pace.

We are the United States of America; we are the land of the free and home of the brave. The brave being those who are willing to risk all to invent, create, and build what others fear. And yet as of 2016 we, the once greatest country on the face of the earth are now ranked 22nd in the world pursuant to Human Freedoms.

But it gets worse. Appendix J: 2014 Freedom Index Rankings (By Personal Freedom) finds that when the aggregate numbers are compiled the United States ranked 28th in the world pursuant to personal freedom. Denmark was ranked the first in personal freedom, followed by Austria, Norway, Netherlands, Germany, Finland, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Iceland, Sweden, Ireland, United kingdom, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Poland, Czech Republic, Portugal, Malta, Hong Kong, Slovenia, Italy, New Zealand, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, France, all ahead of the U.S.

For the same year ending 2014, The Human Freedom Index found that the United States ranked 16th in economic freedom. (See: Appendix K: 2014 Freedom Index Rankings by Economic Freedom).

Hong Kong led the way followed by Singapore, New Zealand, Switzerland, Ireland, Canada, Mauritius, Georgia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Australia, Qatar, Chile, Jordan, Lithuania, and the U.S.

Americans of today have been lulled into a matrix-like dream state where we are led to believe that as long as we can turn on our 50-inch flat-screen televisions to watch whatever intellectually humiliating tripe is on; that as long as we can buy that new automobile which we cannot afford, and buy that new house we cannot afford and fill it with things we cannot afford, then all is well.

We do these things sacrificing family and health because that’s what we have been led to believe is important. Most Americans are only one to three paychecks away from total personal financial collapse.

We blame politicians, but politicians are the reflection of us. We buy their lies and deceit. Then when they are elected we turn a blind eye to all the evil they perpetrate. We are for all intents and purposes oblivious to their deconstruction of the Constitution. And even more egregious, rather than exercise our rights as voters we chase after white elephants and red herrings such as ending the Electoral College and term limits.

I repeat my oft-stated opinion. I believe we have been extended an opportunity to witness positive change for at least a “season.” But, if America allows this opportunity to be stolen and undermined by evil, self-interested, minions controlled by Muslim money and George Soros money, there remains no more future. And the day will quickly be upon us when being 28th in the world in personal freedom will be longed for as the good old days.

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21 Responses to ‘Human Freedom Index’ Shows Americans Not Free

  1. Ron Speer March 17, 2017 at 11:51 am #

    If you believe Americans are not free; travel to other countries. You will soon find out it’s not so bad here after all.

    • rodlee March 18, 2017 at 8:53 am #

      Hey Ron, you don’t get it! Look at the movie Obama 2016..!!

      • Mychal Massie
        Mychal Massie March 21, 2017 at 11:50 am #

        rodlee: very true…

    • Mychal Massie
      Mychal Massie March 21, 2017 at 11:49 am #

      ron speer: I do travel to other countries and you have completely missed the point…that said the fact that you missed the point explains why we are on the precipice we are…it is also glaringly obvious that you did not bother to read the report even on a cursory level…you just spouted off based on a flawed and errant supposition…

  2. fixr March 15, 2017 at 12:11 am #

    Hello Mychal,
    We are free to source our own information, but…
    My brother told me today, he reads very little news, as there is always a slant.
    And the bad thing is the generation started around my time, always have to have
    a TV on in the background, if not in the forefront. And always an opinion, not just news.

    • Mychal Massie
      Mychal Massie March 21, 2017 at 11:50 am #

      fixr: god point…

  3. Karlos March 14, 2017 at 6:16 pm #

    Mychal, the “intellectually humiliating tripe” oozing out of flat screens is cable news. The ooze is also a social engineering-entertainment complex product that insidiously portrays social structures and behavior outside of a traditional family structure, respect for others, and dignity for one’s self. The dumb driven cattle confuse the pixilated images as freedom of expression because they are bereft of an original thought, so damaged are they from soaking up a lifetime of media drivel. As we further soften, we hasten to our slaughter. Keep up the good work.

    • Mychal Massie
      Mychal Massie March 21, 2017 at 11:51 am #

      karlos: well you have spoken…

  4. Ruth W. March 14, 2017 at 5:58 pm #

    Mychal, your last paragraph says it all–totally agree.

    • Mychal Massie
      Mychal Massie March 21, 2017 at 11:52 am #

      ruth w: thank you…

  5. Deb March 14, 2017 at 2:35 pm #

    I agree 100 percent. The results of the 2016 election were not any “final outcome” but just the first step in reclaiming American culture and personal liberty. Along wth, hopefully, a move toward personal responsibility! Can’t have a strong, free, independent and innovative culture with a bunch of whining weak sisters directing the dialogue and running the show. As always my challenge thanks so much for your words!

    • Deb March 14, 2017 at 2:37 pm #

      Silly auto correct! MYCHAL! NOT my challenge. Ugh

      • Mychal Massie
        Mychal Massie March 21, 2017 at 12:01 pm #

        deb: auto correct is second only to predictive text in annoyance leaving out of course liberals and the uninformed…lol…

    • Mychal Massie
      Mychal Massie March 21, 2017 at 11:54 am #

      deb: I fear the ship on personal responsibility has long since sailed…

  6. Wakinyan March 14, 2017 at 1:44 pm #

    Mychal, maybe great minds are on the same frequency. Just last night I was conversing with a friend and the subject of taxation came up. My comment to my friend was we are living under the illusion that we are still a free people in this nation. I second Star’s wish that more people would take the time and thought to listen to logic and wisdom of people like yourself. Wake up and look around realistically at the destruction of our rights and freedoms we have allowed through our complacency and voting to keep the same criminals in office over and over, in too many cases literally for decades, even though they almost never keep their campaign promises. The few who do try are shut down by the good old boys and girls who want to keep their gravy train rolling along no matter the cost to our once vaunted personal freedoms and national security. You mention obama and soros …. in my humble opinion two of the most despicable beings to ever disgrace the human race since the likes of hitler, stalin, tojo and mao were running rampant over the world. You are correct in your summation that if we do not stand up and avail ourselves of the opportunity we now have to turn things around it will be our last chance. We must support President Trump’s efforts to correct our course. If the congressional “leadership” RINOs and ridiculously infantile democrats keep refusing to get on board for the sake of our country instead of their personal agendas they should be replaced now by their constituents, not next election year or the next but now. obama and his “shadow government” should be arrested and prosecuted for sedition at the very least. soros should be stripped of his bogus U.S. citizenship, his assets seized so far as possible and his sorry *** deported to Russia where they have a standing warrant for his arrest that they would really love to serve on him. He has been a traitor to the human race since WWII and it is beyond me why he has been allowed to live in this country (or anywhere) that he has been using his billions to destroy. Yeah, I know, like those things are going to happen …. dream on.

    • Mychal Massie
      Mychal Massie March 21, 2017 at 12:04 pm #

      wakinyan: it is absolutely true that people are living in a matrix under the illusion that they are free and content when in fact the are being used as the food supply to further the diabolical agenda for evil megalomaniacs…

  7. Owen K. March 14, 2017 at 12:17 pm #

    Hard to accept and yet so true. Thank you Mychal.

    • Mychal Massie
      Mychal Massie March 21, 2017 at 12:04 pm #

      owen k: not hard to believe when one opens their eyes and frees their eyes…

      • mona March 21, 2017 at 7:24 pm #

        it reminds me of the movie, “they live” with roddy piper. (rip, dude) more people need those sunglasses…

  8. Star March 14, 2017 at 10:35 am #

    Thank you, Mychal! You hit the nail on the head, once again! I sincerely wish more people would listen to your logic. You rock! Star

    • Mychal Massie
      Mychal Massie March 21, 2017 at 12:05 pm #

      star: thank you much…

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