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Old 11-13-2011, 07:10 PM
 
Location: In Denial
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According to the Mercatus Center at George Mason University MAryland ranks 43. New York 50.

1 is the best- New Hampshire and South Dakota tie for first.

How about your state?

Freedom in the 50 States | Mercatus


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Old 11-13-2011, 07:26 PM
 
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"We explicitly ground our conception of freedom on an individual-rights framework. In our view, individuals should be allowed to dispose of their lives, liberties, and properties as they see fit, as long as they do not infringe on the rights of others"...

Apparently that wasn't factored into the anti-trans fat or gun rights topics as the rights of others are clearly not included within them. It should read without the last section of the sentence and be based on purely an individuals right to do as they please without fear of retribution. Libertarianism at it's best...
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Old 11-13-2011, 07:56 PM
 
Location: West Tennessee
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#5 (Missouri). I kind of find that hard to believe but with that being said Missouri does have some very lax Alcohol & tobacco laws as well as taxes.
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Old 11-13-2011, 08:09 PM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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Oregon looks to be the "freest" of generally-Democratic states. I mention that as these indices usually benefit economically Right-leaning states. Alaska is, somewhat surprising perhaps, about the lowest of GOP states and in the bottom ten.
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Old 11-13-2011, 08:53 PM
 
Location: IN
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NH, #1 in freedom!
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Old 11-13-2011, 10:48 PM
 
Location: Silverthorne, Colorado
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#7! Even if Colorado was #50, I would still say we are very free here. Nothing installs a larger feeling of freedom than standing on the summit of a mountain and seeing for miles upon miles in any given direction.
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Old 11-13-2011, 10:50 PM
 
Location: Near L.A.
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Kentucky #32
California #48

Yet, I believe, or at least feel as if, I am more free in California.
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Old 11-14-2011, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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Former state of Virginia; #9
Current state of Kentucky; #32

KY has dry/wet county restrictions on alcohol and a crazy number of taxes.
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Old 11-14-2011, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Boston
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According to the Mercatus Center at George Mason University MAryland ranks 43. New York 50.

1 is the best- New Hampshire and South Dakota tie for first.

How about your state?

Freedom in the 50 States | Mercatus


From reading the executive summary, it's clear enough what they are doing. They've defined free as planks in the Republican party platform, then rated states on how well they adhere to that platform. This is foolish at best, and possibly propaganda. Massachusetts is ranked downward because it decided to do something about ensuring a healthier population. That's right, we get no plus for being more free from disease, birth defects, and substance abuse. They didn't even try to hide what they were doing here.
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Old 11-14-2011, 02:23 PM
 
Location: West Tennessee
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From reading the executive summary, it's clear enough what they are doing. They've defined free as planks in the Republican party platform, then rated states on how well they adhere to that platform. This is foolish at best, and possibly propaganda. Massachusetts is ranked downward because it decided to do something about ensuring a healthier population. That's right, we get no plus for being more free from disease, birth defects, and substance abuse. They didn't even try to hide what they were doing here.
Marijuana Legalization is the Republican Platform? Repealing immigration laws is the Republican Platform? lmao right.....
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