What do people think of these think tank rankings? Apparently Cato thinks we're 10th in the world in freedom.
Looking at the color-coded map they have on the cover, obviously there's nothing truly strange about their rankings. The "right" countries seem to be in the highest, middle, and lower quartile. But moves from 6th (our ranking last year) to 10th (our ranking this year) seem to me to say a lot more about the Cato Institute than they say about freedom in the United States. Think tanks take to the bully pulpit in echo-chambers all the time in Washington, but this is a 234 page document that's produced every year. That's quite an investment for a ranking that nobody but people who already agree with Cato are going to buy into all that much.