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Freedom in the 50 States - A Study from George Mason University (How free is your state?)


Mercatus Center -George Mason University

 Feb 2009 | Ruger & Sorens

From the Executive Summary: "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. (snip) ...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."

Freedom in the 50 States (a 64 page pdf file)

(Excerpt) Read more at http://www.freerepublic.com/%5Ehttp://www.statepolicyindex.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/freedom-in-the-50-states-an-index-of-personal-and-economic-freedom-by-ruger-and-sorens.pdf


Top 5 are:

1. New Hampshire ("However, as with all of the states, even New Hampshire has room for improvement, and post-2006 political changes in that state may mean that its ranking in this study will fall the next time we update the data and rankings."),

2. Colorado,

3. South Dakota,

4. Idaho

5. Texas.



The bottom one-fifth are all Democrat havens. Figures.

41. Connecticut
42. Illinois
43. Massachusetts
44. Washington
45. Hawaii
46. Maryland
47. California
48. Rhode Island
49. New Jersey
50. New York

Josie06 Josie06
56-60, F
3 Responses Mar 4, 2009

bottom third wants the whole country to be with them.

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