It is my opinion that the maximum freedom economically, politically, and socially, given to all people, regardless of who they are, helps the maximum number of people, out of every system I’ve ever researched, and has the most scientific evidence to back it up.
Quality of life is not higher in countries with more social and economic controls on its people. In fact, the opposite is true.
The Human Development Index is the best quality of life measurement we have. It takes into account life expectancy, education, and income standard of living, among many other factors.
Here are the top 5 highest quality of life countries in the world:
- Norway 2. Australia 3. Switzerland 4. Denmark 5. Netherlands
(The U.S. is #8, in case you were curious)
Here are the bottom 5 lowest quality of life countries in the world:
- Niger 2. Central African Republic 3. Eritrea 4. Chad 5. Burundi
Then there’s an index of countries based on political and civil freedom such as, freedom of speech, religious, individual economic choice, association, assembly, freedom from violence and crimes, movement, LGBT rights, women’s rights, as well as, human trafficking, sexual violence, female genital mutilation, homicide, freedom of movement, and adoption by homosexuals. (Source)
By lowest 5 on the above quality of life scale, on a scale of 1-7, 1 being best, 7 being worst:
1. Niger: freedom rating: 3.5 civil liberties: 4 political rights: 3
2. Central African Republic: freedom rating: 7 civil liberties: 7 political rights: 7
3. Eritrea: freedom rating: 7 civil liberties: 7 political rights: 7
4. Chad: freedom rating: 6.5 civil liberties: 6 political rights: 7
5. Burundi: freedom rating: 5.5 civil liberties: 5 political rights: 6
Now let’s look at our top quality of life countries and compare their freedom ratings from the same index we just used.
- Norway: freedom rating: 1 civil liberties: 1 political rights: 1
- Australia: freedom rating: 1 civil liberties: 1 political rights: 1
- Switzerland: freedom rating: 1 civil liberties: 1 political rights: 1
- Denmark: freedom rating: 1 civil liberties: 1 political rights: 1
- Netherlands: freedom rating: 1 civil liberties: 1 political rights: 1
And here’s the U.S. in comparison:
United States: freedom rating: 1 civil liberties: 1 political rights: 1
The more freedom people have, the higher the quality of life.
What about economic freedom? Do people with more economic freedom have a higher quality of life?
Let’s do this thing again with an economic freedom index.
Here is the index’s definition of economic freedom: Freedom to: “work, produce, consume, invest in any way they please. Government allows: labor, capital, and good to move freely, refrains from coercion or constraint of liberty beyond the extent necessary to protect and maintain liberty itself.” (Source)
Let’s start with the highest quality of life countries (scale is from 1-100, 1 being the least free, 100 being the most free economically):
- Norway: 70.8
- Australia: 80.3 (5th highest in the world)
- Switzerland: 81.0 (4th highest in the world)
- Denmark: 75.3
- Netherlands: 74.6
And here’s the U.S. for fun:
United States: 75.4 (#11 on most economically free)
Now let’s see the countries with the lowest quality of life:
- Niger: 54.6 (#129 out of 178 countries)
- Central African Republic: 45.2 (#168)
- Eritrea: 42.7 (#173)
- Chad: 46.3 (#164)
- Burundi: 53.9 (#133)
The most economically free country was Hong Kong, the least economically free was North Korea.
So there we have it. The most socially, politically, and economically free countries have the highest quality of life, and the least socially, politically, and economically free countries have the lowest quality of life. That is a big reason I believe allowing the maximum amount of freedom, given to the people, increases quality of life.