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Study: Most Liberal States Are Least Free

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posted on May, 8 2009 @ 10:37 PM

According to a new study released by the Mercatus Center of George Mason University, some of the most liberal U.S. states rank lowest when it comes to personal freedom.

I'm not particularly surprised by this finding. Liberalism has it's roots in socialism and in order for socialism to work (to the extent that it does work), freedoms must be sacrificed. The article puts it this way:

“The problem is that the cultural values of liberal governments seem on balance to require more regulation of individual behavior than do the cultural values of conservative governments,” say the study’s authors. “While liberal states are freer than conservative states on marijuana and same-sex partnership policies, when it comes to gun owners, home schoolers, motorists, or smokers, liberal states are nanny states, while conservative states are more tolerant.”

I agree.

I didn't start this thread to debate. I just found it an interesting read and thought i would share it. If you feel the need to flame me, have fun, i'm not going to respond.


posted on May, 8 2009 @ 10:49 PM
reply to post by TheAssociate

No flame from me. I can't run the risk. Simply a request for links. I'd love to research this.


posted on May, 8 2009 @ 10:57 PM
*TheAssociate smacks himself on the forehead*

Here is the article.

Sorry 'bout that.


Edit to add: Thanks for suppressing the urge to flame, i like to keep my threads civil, star for you

[edit on 8-5-2009 by TheAssociate]

posted on May, 8 2009 @ 11:10 PM
Nah, freedoms are not created equal. It all depends on the individual. What you call freedom is not necessarily freedom to others, especially if that freedom intrudes to other people's right.

posted on May, 8 2009 @ 11:33 PM
Thanks for link.

The freest states in the country are New Hampshire, Colorado, and South Dakota, which together achieve a virtual tie for first place. All three states feature low taxes and government spending -- and middling levels of regulation and paternalism.

I am in initial stage of review, but the first interesting item worthy of note is that 2 of the 3 states listed as being "most free" ( Colorado, New Hampshire) currently have Democratic Governors. Will need to dig deeper into demographics, voting trends etc.


[edit on 8-5-2009 by kinda kurious]

posted on Jun, 23 2009 @ 04:25 PM
Rights come into play when there is more than one person.

Say Im hitting on a chick. Shes hot..smoking..grr..

And my mind leads me to impress myself. Well lets pretend im drunk and go a tad too far. She becomes upset but im all pushy and get in her way and try to stop her because Im drunk and lonely..

Well because of this insistence she decides, "fine ill go back home with you" or something..

And we get married because i was impeding on her right to leave. So basicly this mentality would create a nexus of events that wouldn't normaly happen because its our human nature to insist. As the law makers itself examples so often.

posted on Jun, 23 2009 @ 04:40 PM
When are people going to get it? As long as they pit us against each other, none of us will ever be free.
Republicans and Democrats both equally suck. Time to start a third party based on freedom.

posted on Jun, 23 2009 @ 05:02 PM
MAN Im glad I just happen to live in one of the top 3 states!


[edit on 23-6-2009 by bismarcksea]

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