Measures of Freedom
Human Freedom Index
[PDF], The Human Freedom Index 2016
2014: 6.85, Rank: 77, Personal Freedom: 6.82, Economic Freedom: 6.88, Democracy Index: 6.52
Level of Economic Freedom
, Economic Freedom of the World
2014: 6.88, Rank: 88
Mexico | Freedom House
, Freedom in the World 2016
2016: Status: Partly Free, Aggregate Score: 65, Political Rights: 3, Civil Liberties: 3
"President Enrique Peña Nieto reached the halfway point of his six-year term in 2015 facing increasing questions about governmental commitment to good governance and human rights issues. The Peña Nieto administration began its term with a promising set of reforms accompanied by slowing homicide rates, generating optimism about Mexico's economic and social direction. However, starting in 2014 the government's narrative of progress was undermined by corruption scandals and rights abuses."
Problemas Economicos de Mexico
, by Richard Ebeling
, Future of Freedom
, Jan 1999
Review of Problemas Economicos de Mexico
(1998), translation of a 1943 English monograph by Ludwig von Mises
"The Mexico visited by Mises was dominated by a socialist ideology that had resulted in the nationalization of industry and land, with heavy-handed regulation of private enterprise and high protectionist trade barriers. ... Equally disastrous for Mexican development was any attempt to raise Mexican wages to comparable U.S. levels through either government legislation or trade union pressure. ... Mises argued that full land privatization in Mexico should be supported for the poor peasantry through government assistance in forming farm-producer cooperatives and even limited, but temporary, state subsidies ..."
Killing in the Name of Democracy
, by James Bovard
, Future of Freedom
, Jun 2006
Revised text of the "Messianic Democracy" chapter of Attention Deficit Democracy
with additional parallels to George W. Bush
"Woodrow Wilson ... began saber-rattling against the Mexican government, outraged that the Mexican president, Victoriano Huerta, had come to power by military force (during the Mexican civil war that broke out in 1910). ... U.S. soldiers killed hundreds of Mexicans (while suffering 19 dead) and briefly rallied the Mexican opposition around the Mexican leader."
Mexico's Advanced Auction on Stolen Goods
, by Christopher Westley, Mises Daily
, 10 Jul 2006
"Andrés Manuel López Obrador is Mexico's Alberto Gore ... former Secretary of Energy Felipe Calderón, playing the part of Mexico's Jorge Bush, collected more legal votes ... Otto von Habsburg, whose family once ruled Mexico under a model that, whatever its faults, endeavored to decentralize power and respect the rights of the individual."
Mexico's Bold Drug Decriminalization Move
, by James W. Harris, The Liberator Online
, 11 May 2006
Discusses a bill approved by the Mexican Congress, but not signed by President Fox, that would have decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana, cocaine, heroin and similar drugs, with commentary from Ted Galen Carpenter of the Cato Institute
"In a dramatic move that shows crumbling support for the U.S.-driven worldwide War on Drugs, Mexico came very close this past week to passing perhaps the boldest drug reform bill in the world. Passed by the Mexican Congress, the bill would have decriminalized the personal possession of small amounts of numerous currently-illegal drugs. ... The sale of drugs, and possession of larger amounts, would remain serious crimes."