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Australia’s ahead of Canada, in getting its first explicitly libertarian parliamentarian — Senator David Leyonhjelm.

It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, given Australia’s high Economic Freedom Index rating for several years in a row by the Heritage Foundation, with its 2014 rating of third place compared to Canada in sixth place and the United States as low as 11th place.

It sure helped that Australia now has an elected senate, as there’s no way an open libertarian would be appointed to any legislative body in a parliamentary system.

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Korelin Economics ReportI made a brief appearance on the Korelin Economics Report on January 14, 2014 to discuss the Heritage Foundation’s 2014 Index of Economic Freedom, with Canada holding its 6th place finish out of 178, and the U.S. slipping to 12th place.

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Canada has held its sixth place ranking out of 178 ranked countries in the conservative Heritage Foundation’s 2014 Index of Economic Freedom, with an overall score of 80.2 in the free category, with the U.S. dropping to 12th place, with an overall score of 75.5 in the mostly free category.

Canada exceeds the United States in 8 out of 10 components of economic freedom, being surpassed only in government spending and labor freedom:

Canada vs. the United States
Property Rights 90.0 vs. 80.0
Freedom From Corruption 87.7 vs. 72.0
Government Spending 47.3 vs. 48.1
Fiscal Freedom 79.7 vs. 65.8
Business Freedom 89.3 vs. 89.2
Labor Freedom 83.1 vs. 97.2
Monetary Freedom 76.3 vs. 75.4
Trade Freedom 88.3 vs. 86.8
Investment Freedom 80.0 vs. 70.0
Financial Freedom 80.0 vs. 70.0

For more on these rankings, see my past articles:

1) Will the United States fall off the top 10 list of most economically free countries, according to the Heritage Foundation?

2) Canada more economically free than the United States for fourth year in a row: Heritage Foundation

3) Once founded as a limited government whose powers are “few and defined”, the United States federal government is more centralized and expansive than Canada’s

4) Still think Canada is more socialist than the United States? — The joke’s on you?

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United StatesFor four consecutive years since 2010, Canada has been ranked more economically free than the United States.

As of 2013, Canada was ranked as the 6th most economically free country in the world, with a freedom index of 79.4, with the U.S. ranking in 10th place, with a freedom index of 76.0.

Embarrassingly for the U.S., “socialist” Denmark and “third world” Chile outranked it.

I thought that the U.S. might have slipped off the Top 10 list in 2013, thanks to the upholding of Obamacare, but the big drop in Ireland’s freedom let the U.S. stay there another year. With 11th place finisher, Ireland, just 0.3 points below the U.S., and its increasing government regulation, it would be difficult for it to supplant the U.S., unless the increasing government intrusion into the private sector has fully seen its effects in the U.S. economy.

On two occasions now, I have appeared as a guest on Radio Liberty with Dr. Stan Monteith, making the case for Canada’s relatively freer economy being due to its increasing adherence to the founding principles of American government, and its increasing deviation away from the founding principles of Canadian government.

In mid-January 2014, we will see their latest rankings.

In the meantime, there are still “alternative” voices making unsupported claims, like Canada being more “socialist” than the United States, as guest Brad Thor did on “America’s most listened-to late night talk show”, Coast to Coast AM, which I have documented is a gatekeeping operation.

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I was interviewed on May 7, 2013 by Dr. Stan Monteith on, how, for the first time in nearly 150 years, Canada is more free than the United States.

For some of the issues raised in my discussion, see my articles:

1) Once founded as a limited government whose powers are “few and defined”, the United States federal government is more centralized and expansive than Canada’s

2) Two major factors that keep Canada’s federal government on a tighter leash than that of the United States

3) Canada more economically free than the United States for the fourth year in a row: Heritage Foundation

4) Still think Canada is more socialist than the United States? The joke’s on you

5) Championed Canadian political success stories on Radio Liberty with Dr. Stan Monteith

6) Canada the best place for business in 2011: Forbes

7) Vaccinations are not mandatory for students in Canada

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Canadian flag outside the Maritime Museum of t...

From Canada’s national broadcaster, the CBC, here’s another reason why Canada continues to surpass the United States in economic freedom for four straight years, according to the conservative Heritage Foundation, and overall freedom, in better adhering to the principles of the U.S. Constitution than the United States itself, as I had noted in my recent interview with Doug Newberry:

Internal Defence Department reports show total spending on foreign deployments could to drop to just $5 million in the 2014-15 fiscal year from the current anticipated level of $476 million.

The figures are contained in a June 1, 2012 financial report by the Department’s assistant deputy minister of finance. The report was obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act.

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English: Map of the Arabic Peninsula, displayi...Despite the rhetoric of anti-Islam bashers, including those regularly featured by the Zionist controllers of Coast to Coast AM, five Muslim countries are ranked more economically free than Israel in the conservative Heritage Foundation’s 2013 Index of Economic Freedom.

They are (with an index out of 100):

12th Bahrain (75.5)
27th Qatar (71.3)
28th United Arab Emirates (71.1)
33rd Jordan (70.4)
45th Oman (68.1)

Israel is ranked in 51st place with a 66.9/100 index, embarrassingly only slightly ahead of Jamaica, with an index of 66.8.

The excuse may be that they are rich Gulf oil states, but Saudi Arabia is in 82nd place, and Jordan is a notable exception, showing that lots of oil doesn’t equal a high economic freedom rating, nor is it a necessity.

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