In this issue of The Independent Review, Ryan H. Murphy finds interesting and important parallels between China, Hungary, and Israel, three countries ranking low on economic freedom and comparatively high on the State Economic Modernity Index. Unfortunately, his decision to label them as cases of “actually existing socialism” is questionable.

Michael C. Munger is Senior Fellow and former co-editor of The Independent Review at the Independent Institute, and Professor of Political Science, Economics and Public Policy and Director of the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Program at Duke University.
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