Monday, June 07, 2010

Economic Freedom = 20 Years of Life Expectancy

Life expectancy is almost 20 years longer (79.12 year) in countries with the most economic freedom (Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, Chile, Switzerland, U.S.) than the life expectancy (59.4 years) in those countries with the least economic freedom (Zimbabwe, Myanmar, Angola, Chad, Congo), according to the Economic Freedom of the World 2009 Report from Cato.

16 Comments:

At 6/07/2010 4:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh yeah, sure......So how do you explain that Cuba has a life expectancy of 78.3 and the US number is 78.2 ???

Kinda shoots that theory all to hell, don't it?

This is just more of the same around here lately...namely: starting out with an opinion and rummaging around for statistics that SEEM to support it...

Nice try though.

 
At 6/07/2010 5:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"... don't it"?

 
At 6/07/2010 5:40 PM, Anonymous Extrano said...

Cuba does not have a mean life expectancy of 78.3 AƱos. Nor even 68.3.

The REAL median age at death of Cubans living in Cuba is just under 59 for men and 63 for women.

Like most totalitarian regimes, the Castro regime drastically inflates numbers that would detract from the glory of the maximum leader - and deflates numbers that would do the same.

As the man said of the horse he was selling, "If the glanders is good for a horse, it has the glanders in plenty, and if glanders is bad for a horse, it has not the glanders at all.

Extrano

 
At 6/07/2010 6:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe Cuba's data is real, despite the totalitarian government. Perhaps they've traded off economic development, consumer goods, and free speech for improved health care.

The point is that, on average, countries with more economic freedom have higher life expectancies. And the free ones don't need a totalitarian government. Double bonus.

 
At 6/07/2010 9:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is everyone questioning Anon 4:59's unreferenced statistics? Clearly, an individual or oligarchy can steer an entire economy by weighing the needs of each individual. Wants are superfluous, so needs are all that matter. Arranging to meet these needs would be quite simple for a man of Raul, Hugo, or Anon 4:59's intellect since the number of variables in this decision matrix would only approach infinity. Clearly, the above comment verifies that the spontaneous order that springs from the free market system has been rendered obsolete and ineffective. Bastiat was crazy; self determination is crazy!

Doug

 
At 6/07/2010 10:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Extrano!....even the CIA says Cuban life expectancy is 76.7

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/cu.html

You know better than the CIA??? LOL

NUTS

 
At 6/07/2010 11:23 PM, Blogger Ron H. said...

"Oh yeah, sure......So how do you explain that Cuba has a life expectancy of 78.3 and the US number is 78.2 ???

Kinda shoots that theory all to hell, don't it?"


Well, actually no. If you read the post carefully, it suggests a correlation, but doesn't actually promise an exact equivalence in every case. It would be surprising if every country fit a pattern exactly.

Where did you get your number of 78.3 for Cuban life expectancy?

A later comment quoted a CIA number of 76.7, but the CIA link provided lists 77.64.

When anyone holds up Cuba as a good example of something, I always have to wonder if the Cuban people would agree. Many of them seem willing to risk getting eaten alive by a shark rather than stay one more day on that island.

 
At 6/08/2010 12:59 AM, Anonymous Doug Thorburn said...

Cuba also claims to have one of the lowest death rates at birth anywhere. They do this by insuring that risky pregnancies are aborted before they come to full term and by failing to count deaths occuring within the first day or two (or month?) of birth. Oh, and if you have a cold? Take this pill. If you have cancer? Take that pill. Both pills are asprins.

Anonymous is a moron.

 
At 6/08/2010 7:09 AM, Blogger juandos said...

"Perhaps they've traded off economic development, consumer goods, and free speech for improved health care"...

Ahhh, gotta love those libtard dreams...

Funny about quoting the CIA though, the masters of evil in the minds of liberals...

What's next? Che Guevara was a humanitarian?

 
At 6/08/2010 10:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is SO predictable...I post links, the other side calls me a "moron" or a "libtard". What's next? Gonna start postin in caps only??? LOL

The point is the world is NOT all black and white. ALL of us can learn from experiences in other countries...as in take the best and leave the rest.

The "all or nothing" mentality that is so prevalent around here regarding EVERYTHING (healthcare and economics being just two) is not productive. What is that? A religion or something???

Too many here are so busy shouting U-S-A, U-S-A, that they can't hear or don't want to hear anything. What's the threat? Why so defensive?

http://richardbrenneman.wordpress.com/2010/01/05/cuban-health-care-as-an-exemplar/



http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2010/04/cuban-health-lessons/

Regards

 
At 6/08/2010 11:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Extrano!....even the CIA says Cuban life expectancy is 76.7

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/cu.html

You know better than the CIA??? LOL

NUTS


Maybe you should look to see where they get their numbers from before making yourself look like an idiot. The CIA numbers only report what the Cuban government tells them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6ZH1ps20WA

 
At 6/08/2010 12:54 PM, Blogger Ron H. said...

Anon @ 10:13

First of all, if you plan to make multiple comments on this blog, you will find that you will get more respect if you chose a name before you hit "publish" instead of Anonymous. It's just as easy. You may notice 7 anonymous comments out of 12 at this time. It's really hard to tell who is who.

Secondly, reread your initial comment and notice the snarky, insulting tone. How would you react? Other readers are likely to laugh and move on.

If you are really interested in a discussion here, try a better approach.

 
At 6/08/2010 1:35 PM, Anonymous Moron said...

Since I've been called a libtard, moron and now idiot....I thought I'd pick one. Happy now???

Thanks by the way, I didn't know I could pick a name without going through the google account thing.

Anyway, if I got this right the CIA just prints what people tell 'em (when they're not trying to kill people)...the WHO don't know nuttin' (even though they have an office in Cuba)......and UTube videos are credible sources. LOL What's next a Glenn Beck segment????

http://www.who.int/countries/cub/en/

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19444072/

Adios amigos

 
At 6/08/2010 3:11 PM, Blogger Ron H. said...

Moron said...

"Since I've been called a libtard, moron and now idiot....I thought I'd pick one. Happy now???"

Yes, that's great, Moron, however the name you picked may cause you to get comments intended for others. Sort of like picking a personalized license plate of "NONE".



"Anyway, if I got this right the CIA just prints what people tell 'em (when they're not trying to kill people)..."

I'm sure that's true, as I doubt the CIA has access to any such information in other countries. However, when they ARE trying to kill people, those people tell them whatever they want to hear.

Perhaps the Cuban fellow they asked about life expectancy in his country felt threatened in some way. You know what brutes those CIA types can be at times.

 
At 6/08/2010 5:50 PM, Anonymous Ian Random said...

Why not look at real pix of Cuba?

http://www.therealcuba.com/Page10.htm

 
At 6/09/2010 12:45 AM, Blogger Ron H. said...

Moron, If you are still following this thread, you should really check out the link Ian Random provided. It's truly horrifying. If you doubt it's autenticity, please advise what you think the pictures actually represent?

 

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