I just ran across another post implying the U.S. is the freest nation and the rest of the world doesn't qualify to hold our jock when it comes to liberty. I've long thought the claim to be a form of nationalistic myopia, and have been looking to expose it for what it is, a social myth, unfounded by fact and reality. As evidence, I present the rankings from Freedom House, an organization that has tracked and measured freedom since the 1970's. Their rankings are based on these categories: A. ELECTORAL PROCESS (012 points) B. POLITICAL PLURALISM AND PARTICIPATION (016 points) C. FUNCTIONING OF GOVERNMENT (012 points) D. FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AND BELIEF (0-16 points) E. ASSOCIATIONAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL RIGHTS (012 points) F. RULE OF LAW (016 points) G. PERSONAL AUTONOMY AND INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS (016 points) Details on those categories can be found here: https://www.freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-world-2014/methodology#.VGd1bYuFF4N Below are the 2014 rankings of the top 25 nations (the set of numbers below each country corresponds to the categories listed above, that make up the total score). Not #1 ... but #21. Feel free to discuss.