This is important, because the charge of “socialism” is the most brain-damaged thing leveled by the right.
The U.S. ranked ninth out of 179 nations on the list, with a score that placed it near the top of the “mostly free” category. The only nations to be considered more “free” than the U.S. were, in descending order, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Canada, Ireland, and Denmark.
If the results of this study — which, we’ll remind readers, was produced by a staunchly conservative think tank — suggest that the U.S. is on the verge of socialism, then Lenin must be partying in his mauseoleum. For the U.S. to fall into the “mostly unfree” category, which is only the third-lowest category in the study, it would have to drop a whopping 83 slots, to a perch below such nations as Albania, Rwanda and Kazakhstan.