Are we really as Free as we like to think? I wonder how many people have confused our quasi-free country with true Individualist Freedom? Judging from the conditions under which most Americans seem willing to live, I’d say far too many people no longer even understand what the concept of what a truly Free country would really be like.
From Reason TV –
Which state is most free when it comes to personal, social, and economic issues?
“Freedom in the 50 States: An Index of Personal and Economic Freedom” ( http://mercatus.org/freedom-50-states-2011 ) provides one answer to just that question. Political scientists Jason Sorens (University at Buffalo) and William P Ruger (Texas State) looked at everything from drug policy to civil union statutes to business regulations and tax rates to rank each state across multiple dimensions.
Published by the Mercatus Center ( http://mercatus.org/ ) at George Mason University appraise each state in the union on their economic, social and personal liberty to come up with their final ranking. Maybe Jean-Paul Sartre was right about hell being other people: At the top of the list are a lot of states where almost nobody lives and at the bottom are states where just about everybody lives.
Reason Magazine senior editor Katherine Mangu-Ward sat down with Sorens and Ruger, to talk about their results, their methodology and why New York City may not be as free as New Yorkers believe.