Photo courtesy Cato Institute Human Freedom Index report.
Washington D.C. – The 4th annual Human Freedom Index report says the United States ranks 17th globally out of the 162 nations for which sufficient data are available.
The study is co-authored by the well-respected libertarian Cato Institute, the Fraser Institute and the Liberales Institut at the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom.
“The Rule of Law continues to be a weak point for the United States, which has relatively low ratings when it comes to such areas as the protection of property rights, the enforcement of contracts, and criminal justice,” said says co-author Ian Vásquez. “The Rule of Law plays a fundamental role in upholding liberty, so anyone who cares about freedom in the United States should be concerned with its evolution.”
Overall, the report says global freedom has fallen slightly since 2008.
The index is led by New Zealand, Switzerland and Hong Kong respectively, with Syria ranking at the very bottom, just ahead of Venezuela and Yemen.
The United States stands tied with Sweden for the 17th spot, just behind Austia and Luxembourg, and just ahead of Malta and Lithuania.