It would take a better statistician than I am to parse this from Ritchie. But purely by eyeballing it looks like the variance is so huge that I\’m not sure there\’s any statistical significance to the trend.
BTW, if there\’s an economics student out there, someone who can do the graph stuff with Excel etc, I\’ve a little project that might amuse. Perhaps a day\’s worth of work (at very most….but it would take me a week I\’m sure).
Take the position on the economic freedom index, strip out the two of the ten factors that are related purely to size of government (ie, we\’re now measuring how \”neo-liberal\” a place is, Denmark being number 1 I think, not how socially democratic a place is) and then plot that against GDP per capita. Scott Sumner has I thnk done something like this but I\’ve not been able to find that paper/blog post.
The Tea Party is a threat to just about everything of real value. Even democracy itself.
A democratic party in a democratic election, putting out its wares for the populace to make their democratic decision, is a threat to democracy.