Last week, Heritage released the 2018 Index of Economic Freedom.

This product has become a benchmark of Heritage research and is used by nations around the world to gauge the progress they are making.

For over twenty years the Index has delivered thoughtful analysis in a clear, friendly, and straight-forward format. The Index is poised to help readers track over two decades of the advancement in economic freedom, prosperity, and opportunity and promote these ideas in their homes, schools, and communities.

The Index continues to validate the belief that the amount of economic freedom a country has will directly impact their progress–or lack thereof.

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What were you most surprised to learn in the Index?

Comments (14)

Jane Cox - February 9, 2018

I was surprised to learn we were so far down, #18, and only Mostly Free. Not good.

Ragnar Liljequist - February 9, 2018

I’m thinking perhaps the United States positions reflects the corruption in our legislature, and that will not change as long as we do not have term limits.

Kathy Seifert - February 9, 2018

Yes I definately believe we need term limits.

Kathy Seifert - February 9, 2018

I like the idea of of free choice, free thought, freedom to prosper, limited government & economic authority where people are free to secure & protect their human resources, labor & private property.
Economic resources to other countries to teach them to survive there on their own is good but we have to draw the line on bringing them here to support when so many of our own are too poor to have a roof over their heads.

BOBBY E. RICHARDSON - February 9, 2018

I AM INCLINED TO AGREE WITH RAGNAR LILJEQUIST’S STATEMENT. I BELIEVE THIS INDIVIDUAL IS 100% CORRECT IN EVALUATION OF OUR CONDITION AS A NATION. PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS THE DESIRE TO MAKE THE REQUIRED CHANGES, HOWEVER, HE DOESN’T HAVE THE SUPPORT OF THOSE WE HAVE ELECTED TO TO REPRESENT US.

Michael Ragland - February 10, 2018

How low the US ranks among the nations. Also, how high Hong Kong ranks. Of particular note is the lack of freedom shown for the US in categories where I always thought were near the top.

Sharon Pelletier - February 10, 2018

I was surprised with the high ranking of Hong Kong! Thought that this country was now governed by China. So how does the comparison of judicial effectiveness, government integrity, and government spending pan against the ranking of, say, the United States? I was awed by the statistics…also by the goal … which was to prosper. All of us have a strong desire to prosper and be innovative.

Jerry Rath - February 10, 2018

Not surprised to see the US downward trend during the obama years…what a mistake for our country. Hopefully, we are on the path to reverse that trend and make the US great again!

Jerry Rath - February 10, 2018

I have one disagreement with the rankings. I see where countries with universal health care are often ranked irrespective of this component. When the government controls your healthcare, they control YOU!
I recommend that this issue be factored into future rankings.

Alan Feuerwerker - February 10, 2018

I was most surprised to learn how high the United Kingdom ranks. I will be anxious to see next year’s rankings to learn how much the Untied States can improve under President Trump.

Robert Block - February 12, 2018

I was surprised the U.S. was that high in the list.

Col. J.C. Gonzalez USMC (Ret.) - February 12, 2018

The graphs effectively disclose the levels associated with the subjects used; however, it was significant to me that you have no measure of the spiritual level of this nation…especially as it turns from its foundations in Christianity.

Was there a reason for omitting so important a measure?

Col. J.C. Gonzalez USMC (Ret.) - February 12, 2018

(continued)
Can there be any economic freedom without spiritual freedom. Secularism qualities alone are not what one considers in arriving at a complete reference measurement of quality of life.
Spiritual aspects I have found are linked with every other aspect of life and therefore are part of our economic endeavors.

George Danz - February 28, 2018

Shocking to see how low in Economic Freedom in the USA we have fallen. Doesn’t look good at all.

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