Freedom in the 50 States: An Index of Personal and Economic Freedom | Mercatus

So, how do you define freedom and how does the state that you live in compare to the others?  It’s a word that is used freely, but often without much thought.  Some groups that profess “freedom of choice” are the same people that vote to deny you the freedom to choose a gun to defend your family, what school to choose, or whether or not to have health insurance.  Those of us who have been around for more than a few decades have already seen the unfortunate loss of some freedoms.

The linked article ranks the states according to their freedom.  Of interesting note (though not surprising) is that states having the most regulations in the different categories tend to be ranked the lowest in “freedom”.  The National Rifle Association even pointed out the correlation between the high grades given to some states by anti-gun groups (Brady, etc.) and these same state’s rock-bottom ranking for freedom.  Coincidence?  Anyway, it’s an interesting read:

“This paper presents the first-ever comprehensive ranking of the American states on their public policies affecting individual freedoms in the economic, social, and personal spheres. We develop and justify our ratings and aggregation procedure on explicitly normative criteria, defining individual freedom as the ability to dispose of one’s own life, liberty, and justly acquired property however one sees fit, so long as one does not coercively infringe on another individual’s ability to do the same.”

via Freedom in the 50 States: An Index of Personal and Economic Freedom | Mercatus.

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