Another day, another ranking that has NZ at the top of the world on personal freedom. Today's edition: a DC think tank puts NZ first on a "Social Progress" index. See the New York Times, or the Christchurch Press. Here's the press release.
Here's the new rankings on the things most generally considered important civil liberties for libertarians. I've not looked at their methods at all. But that rather a few places come to similar conclusions about personal freedom in New Zealand suggests that there may be something to it.
We rank poorly on contraception as accessing abortion remains de jure difficult even if de facto easy in most parts of the country. I'm surprised they ranked NZ lower than the US on "tolerance for homosexuals": we went pretty quickly from Civil Union legislation under Helen Clark to marriage equality under John Key (albeit via private member's bill). Some US states are there, but most aren't. On the other hand, I think that the table overstates the tolerance for immigrants here.
Private property rights, civil liberties: for most plausible bundles of preferred rights, we beat the US. We do far worse than some U.S. states on drug rights.
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