Like many other things in this world, the amount of freedom that people have ebbs and flows with time.
In general, it can be argued that political and economic freedoms have been increasing steadily since The Enlightenment – but of course, there are always shorter corrections along the way where freedom seems to spiral downwards in the interim.
Right now, we’re in one of those ruts, and global freedom has consecutively declined for a 12 year period.
DEMOCRACY IN CRISIS
Freedom in the World, a report published every year since 1973, attempts to measure civil liberties and political rights around the world. It’s put together by Freedom House, a non-governmental organization based in the United States.
According to their index, here is the share of “free” countries globally between 1973-2018….