Among the perennial traditions of American politics are post-results, generally hot-air threats to flee the country if the “wrong” side wins — usually to Canada.Politico has a round-upof tweets by disappointed Republicans threatening to do just that. Leave aside, for now, that Canada doesn’t necessarily leave out the welcome mat for Americans upset over election outcomes. Politico writer Patrick Gavin thinks the whole thing — *chuckle*, *chuckle*, *snicker*— “doesn’t really make sense given Canada’s many socialized elements.” Except … it actually makes more sense than Gavin allows, if you’ve kept sufficiently up with the times to know that Canada now ranks as more free-market than the United States.
Assuming that the disappointed righties are of the sort that care more about economic freedom than banning abortions, Canada actually looks like a pretty promising destination. There are two big international indices of the relative economic freedom of nations, and Canada ranks rather higher than the United States in both of them.
On the Index of Economic Freedom, created by the Heritage Foundation and theWall Street Journal, Canada is in sixth place, while the United States has fallen to tenth.