I recently read an article at the following URL: http://www.freetheworld.com/press070803.html
I was very curious as to how much correlation there was between economic freedom, GDP and human development. In this article it reads: "The more economically free a country, the greater the level of human development enjoyed by its citizens." It also quotes Laureate Milton Friedman who said, "Freeing people economically unleashes individual drive and initiative and puts a nation on the road to economic growth."
It does seem only natural to me, that allowing people to pursure their dreams through creative thinking and entrepreneurship could only increase economic growth. So, the question is, why don't all countries pursure this idea? Would their desire for control and power override a countries well-being? or is it just ignorance?
Also, as I thought about this article, I wondered if you could look in history and correlate any improvements in the economy with the invention of economists, because these people, especially at first, would seem to be very influential. Just a thought.