Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Couldn't have said it better myself...

OH YES, GOP IS THE RED PARTY: The Heritage Foundation and Wall Street Journal just released their 2005 Index of Economic Freedom. It includes one big surprise for all who consider Sweden semi-socialist and USA laissez-faire: Sweden and USA gets almost the same economic freedom score (1.85 vs 1.89). This is partly because Sweden is a bit better than its rumour. But most of all this is because America's economic freedom is being constrained on president Bush's guard: Out-of-control government spending, massive farm subsidies, expansion of Medicare, a heavier regulatory burden and new anti-dumping tariffs.

Do we need any more proof that the Republicans are simply not a valid electoral alternative for libertarians?

Thanks Johan. Your style may be stuck in the 80s, but your mind is truly cutting edge.

I just purchased his book "In Defense of Global Capitalism" which is chock full of the intellectual ammo you need to argue with any luddites/anti-globalists. I'm almost glad (actual name deleted) refused to lend it to me because it's a real keeper. Everyone should own it.

UPDATE: My bad


marco said...

Did you post this when Clara was on vacation on purpose?

marco said...

You are going to be glad you own a copy when you are done with it.

Dan said...

Thank Johan for the timing of this post. He blogged it yesterday.

Clara said...

Actually, if you look at the US's raw score for each of the past 10 years listed, we've become increasingly "free" -- except for a sharp improvement (in 2001-02) that leveled out afterward.