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ReasonTV - 2018-01-30

Are you living in the freest country in the world? Not if you live in the United States. ---------------- Subscribe to our YouTube channel: youtube.com/reasontv Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/Reason.Magazine/ Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/reason Subscribe to our podcast at iTunes: goo.gl/az3a7a Reason is the planet's leading source of news, politics, and culture from a libertarian perspective. Go to reason.com for a point of view you won't get from legacy media and old left-right opinion magazines. ---------------- Are you living in the freest country? Not if you live in the United States. The new 'Human Freedom Index' by the Fraser and Cato Institutes ranks countries by both economic freedom-like freedom to trade, amount of regulations, and tax levels-and personal freedom-such as women's rights and religious freedom. America rose seven spots in the latest report, to number 17. But it's still far from where it once was. Report co-author Ian Vasquez tells John Stossel that America 'used to be a two, three, or four. And then government started to grow. It started to spend more.' President Bush signed the Wall Street bailouts and increased regulations. Obama continued increasing regulations and upped America's top tax rate. Stossel says a good ranking matters, not just because it's good to be free, but because freedom allows people to prosper. The countries near the top of the rankings, like Switzerland and Hong Kong, tend to have less government. Stossel says places with less government are better places to live. The top of the list: Switzerland Hong Kong New Zealand The bottom: Libya Venezuela Syria You can see the entire ranking here: cato.org/human-freedom-index