Freedom in the 50 States

Freedom in the 50 States

Guest
Jason Sorens
Show Date
July 31, 2022
Categories
DecentralizationFederalismFreedom
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William Ruger and Jason Sorens are the authors of the “Freedom in the 50 States” report, a Cato Institute project which gives an annual assessment of which states are increasing and decreasing in the rankings of a broad index of liberties. The Cato Institute has been publishing this detailed compendium, using hundreds of various weighted variables.

https://www.freedominthe50states.org/

They both joined my show for the first time to discuss how the index weighs different broad categories of freedom – from regulatory, to financial to personal – as well as specific freedoms that vary in importance for different people. Of course, there are many people who would be happy to live in a state that restricts other people’s liberty, while their own cherished freedoms are left untouched. But which states guarantee liberty for all?

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Cato’s Annual Freedom in the 50 States report
  • New Hampshire - The Free State Project
  • How is freedom defined and measured, given moral disagreements over issues like abortion?
  • Robert Nozick’s Anarchy, State, and Utopia, and the concept of Distributive Justice. Is wealth really ever “distributed”?
  • What makes people devalue freedom?
  • The Urban vs. Rural divide. Why are free states more rural?
  • How high do taxes have to go before citizens start to leave a state?
  • How do less free states compensate their residents for the lack of freedom?

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