Territory in southern Africa, ruled since 1980 by the Republic of Zimbabwe


Zimbabwe - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Zimbabwe (officially the Republic of Zimbabwe) is a landlocked country of southern Africa. It shares a 200-kilometre border on the south with the Republic of South Africa and is bounded on the southwest and west by Botswana, on the north by Zambia, and on the northeast and east by Mozambique. The capital is Harare (formerly called Salisbury). Zimbabwe achieved majority rule and internationally recognised independence in April 1980 following a long period of colonial rule and a 15-year period of white-dominated minority rule, instituted after the minority regime's so-called Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI) in 1965. ..."

Measures of Freedom

Human Freedom Index [PDF], The Human Freedom Index 2016
2014: 5.24, Rank: 148, Personal Freedom: 5.20, Economic Freedom: 5.28, Democracy Index: 2.67
Level of Economic Freedom, Economic Freedom of the World
2014: 5.28, Rank: 149
Zimbabwe | Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2016
2016: Status: Partly Free, Aggregate Score: 32, Political Rights: 5, Civil Liberties: 5
"Zimbabwe in 2015 continued to suffer from factionalization of the two major parties and a deepening economic malaise. Over the course of more than 20 by-elections, held mostly as a result of lawmakers being expelled from both major parties, the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union–Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) greatly increased its share of seats in the National Assembly during the year."


Making Money Disappear, by Richard W. Rahn, The Washington Times, 22 Nov 2011
Defines money, discusses inflation and the gold standard and suggests that the problems will only go away if governments relinquish their monopolies on money issuance
"... history demonstrates that fiat currencies eventually are debased through overprinting as the value is inflated away. Three years ago, the debasement of the currency in Zimbabwe reached a point where the government was printing 100-trillion-dollar — yes, trillion — bank notes, which were almost valueless. The citizens of Zimbabwe then converted their money as rapidly as possible into U.S. or other 'hard' currencies, and the financial system in Zimbabwe collapsed."
Related Topics: Gold Standard, Inflation, Money