It’s no secret that the United States government is bigger than ever before.

But is America still the most free country?

Sadly, the U.S. has fallen from the top ten list according to three major freedom ranking lists: the Legatum Prosperity Index, the Frasier Institute’s Economic Freedom of World Index, and the Heritage Foundation’s 2016 Index of Economic Freedom.

“America’s historically vibrant entrepreneurial growth is significantly hampered by intrusive, expensive, and often ineffective government policies in areas ranging from health care to energy to education,” The Heritage Foundation explains in their rankings system. “Government favoritism toward entrenched interests has hurt innovation and contributed to a lackluster recovery and stagnant income growth.”

The early 2000s for America has caused an ever-expanding federal government, increased regulations, and a big push away from America’s founding principles.

Here’s the Freedom Indexs top 20, including scores on both personal freedom and economic freedom.

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The United States barely reaches the top 20. We rank #12 for economic freedom but only #31 for personal freedom. Overall freedom is statistically correlated with prosperity. And the more freedom a country obtains generally means more wealth.

Unfortunately, the Legatum Prosperity Index only solidifies the Freedom Index‘s findings.

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The Legatum Prosperity Index ranked the U.S. at 11th overall in 2015, behind the Nordic countries of Norway, Sweden and Denmark as well as the U.S.’s northern neighbor, Canada. Conservative Review‘s Chris Pandolfo notes that “the U.S. failed to make the top 10 in the critical categories of Economy (11th), Entrepreneurship & Opportunity (11th), and Governance (11th)” and the country was also ranked at 15 in the “personal freedom” category.

The U.S. again missed the top-10 placement in the Heritage Foundation’s 2016 Index of Economic Freedom, finishing in 11th place. The Heritage Foundation notes: “Americans continue to lose economic freedom. Following declines in seven of the past eight years, the United States this year has equaled its worst score ever in the Index of Economic Freedom.”

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Freedom allows people to do what they want, which results in innovation, prosperity, and a better quality of life. In the wise words of Ronald Reagan:

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.

 

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Stephen is from Montana, "The Treasure State". An ardent coffee addict and political junkie. Wistful for History, Chess, and the Denver Broncos.

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