Jonathan —

You hit the nail on the head when you write that countries “with capitalism combined with socialism are at the top of any such quality-of-life hierarchy.” You are equally right that capitalism does not equal freedom.

You (and other readers) might be interested to see some detailed statistical studies that support those claims. Here is a short summary of the studies, with links to more detailed versions: “Does the Government that Governs Least Really Govern Best?”

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Economist, Senior Fellow at Niskanen Center, Yale Ph.D. Interests include environment, health care policy, social safety net, economic freedom.

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