USA continues losing economic freedom

Stacy Summary: So the U.S. is now number 12 on the Heritage Foundation/WSJ list of Economic Freedom. The top three are Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia. Number 9 is Ireland – which is, of course, a vassal state of the Troika! Even their prime minister said they had no ‘ecnonomic freedom,’ so I don’t know how much this list really means. One of the contributing factors to America’s loss of freedom, however, is property rights. But, then it’s not exactly a nation noted for their strong property rights now, is it?

This is when America was Number 1 on economic freedom list . . .

This is when America was Number 1 on economic freedom list . . .

26 comments on “USA continues losing economic freedom
  1. mijj says:

    > “One of the contributing factors to America’s loss of freedom, however, is property”

    a big, but unlikely, step forward for human freedom would be to restrict the right-and-responsibility of property ownership to actual individually named human beings. (Including any kind of intellectual property.)

  2. Snooze says:

    What goes around comes around. The sins of the grandfather will visit the grandchildren. If you don’t acknowledge the past, you won’t have a future. The global elite who encouraged the grand parents to rape and pillage, are now doing the same to your children, if the rednecks can’t understand that they deserve what comes their way.

  3. yawp says:

    Rights are for those with capital and the means to keep it.

  4. Paolo says:

    Well property is astronomically expensive in Hong Kong and the flats are tiny. Thats where “economic freedom” leads. We rather need freedom from “investors”, those rapacious speculating thieves buying up the world to hold it to ransom. Didn’t they used to make films about this kind of thing back in the 60s? “The Men From Uncle” springs to mind, there was one story called “How to Steal the World”.

  5. slothrop says:

    Great job Stacie.

  6. poopysnot says:

    Property Rights …They’re so pre-1926.

    Everyone knows that in civilized societies, it’s up to the underlying base to justify their rights first. Then its up to the regulatory state to decide whether to permit those rights on an individual case by case basis.

  7. microhousehold says:

    Water is like the blood of this planet.

  8. Petunia says:

    They can take your property in America if a developer has a “better” use for it. What property rights?

  9. jischinger says:

    America and European culture is a culture of endless theft.

    I’m still waiting for a Libertarian to explain their property rights on land they say they own, but was stolen from the Natives.

    and if your argument is – well they lost it in the wars “we” won and they should have fought harder when “we” didn’t own up to our end of the treaties

    – I say then expect the same to happen to you.

    Cept you don’t want any form of collectivism so I guess you’ll be standing your ground ruby ridge style against the corporate owned US forces on your own.

  10. Mini US says:

    No one really ‘owns’ anything.
    Its just stuff at the end of the day.

  11. Mini US says:

    Although the indigenous peoples of the world had a connection with the land and the elements. We have just learned to plunder and pillage without much respect 🙁

  12. Bruce says:

    Stick to the real news, people. Like this, yo:
    Michelle Obama won’t rule out plastic surgery, Botox – CBS News

    I wonder if bombing victims can use the same doctor she might be using, yo.

  13. Paolo says:

    True, the great thing about right wing libertarians is that when the final battle they all seem to envisage finally comes each and every one of them will be on their own because anything else would be socialism. Karma.

  14. Jasha Blanka says:

    Gr8! We have less freedom for people to hate us for :-7

  15. vimy15 says:

    Please Read and pass along … do we really want socialism ? I’m from Canada … and I see the welfare state strangling the life from the productive … and frakking companies don’t count as productive …

  16. Canadianna says:

    This fellow from Winnipeg, makes these bunny hugs (hoodies) and t-shirts. Seems printing the truth on a garment, and wearing same garment in public is causing a stir!

  17. Jags says:

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    This is our most popular entree. Your choice of 5 foods ALREADY served to other patrons during the time of your visit. Just look around and note what other patrons ordered. (This entree changes every 30 minutes)

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    You can try TWO entrees, and select the ONE you think is best. (Note, the other item may or may not be “The Google”)

    “The Twitter”

    Follow what other patrons ordered in the past, and we will serve it to you. (Seasonal)

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    We make an entree selection based off your communication and habits. (No refunds available)

  18. @Mini US @jischinger – and, of course, Native Americans had no concept of ‘owning’ land; the Earth and all it gives us was not something that could be owned in the way a string of beads can be owned; therefore, the White Man’s contracts were illegitimate because you can’t have someone sign a contract under duress and/or in which the terms are not understood

  19. Andy Perry says:

    @Stacy Herbert
    Exactly so!
    And if you think that was bad, wait until the consequences of dividing up the commonwealth of money become apparent. Society as we have known it has rested on the idea of money being an indivisible common good, in the same way that Native American society rested on the idea of the land being an indivisible common good. If parcelling out the land to private ownership had a less than beneficial effect on the prospects of the Native Americans, wait until you see what the same ‘democratisation’ process applied to the issuance of money does to the indigenous Crackers of Kapitalism!
    Money aborigines are discussed in Crackernomics:

  20. Curious says:

    Interesting. So, when different groups of Native Americans warred with each other, what was it exactly that they were warring over if not to take what the other had?

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