Measuring Freedom

Posted On Feb 23, 2022 By Addison Wiggin

On one side of the scale, we have armed conflict, i.e. Russia invading Ukraine, the ultimate form of political coercion. Ghengis Khan perfected the technique in A.D. 1223 when he overran both Russia and the Ukraine. On the other side of the scale, you have a free market and voluntary association of ideas, companies and new products. We mostly associate free markets with Adam Smith and the publishing of the Wealth of Nations in 1776… or, even better, his Theory of Moral Sentiments published in 1759.
Let’s look at the scale again. Armed domination, death and destruction? Or a free market in trade, ideas and capital? Which one would you prefer? Which one suits your life better? Perth Tolle is a Chinese-born American who founded Life + Liberty Indexes and is the creator of the Freedom 100 EM Index (ticker symbol: FRDM). We know which side of the scale she puts her thumb on…


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