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June 04, 2011, 03:19:59 AM
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Which states have the most libertarian laws and culture.  Specifically, those states where government is limited to things which the free market could not provide, like tragedy-of-the-commons issues; and the culture is libertarian-leaning.

Which states would best qualify?

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June 04, 2011, 03:25:03 AM
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New Hampshire is at the top.

Defacto open carry, optimal taxes and the most libertarian culture overall.

Google 'The Free State Project'.
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June 04, 2011, 03:45:06 AM
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New Hampshire is at the top.

Defacto open carry, optimal taxes and the most libertarian culture overall.

Google 'The Free State Project'.

Hah, I thought the Free State Project was about Vermont, which is why I was so confused by Vermon's new single-payer health care system. Tongue It's been a couple years since I last read about it...

Thanks for the tip.

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June 04, 2011, 03:48:22 AM
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New Hampshire is at the top.

Defacto open carry, optimal taxes and the most libertarian culture overall.

Google 'The Free State Project'.

Hah, I thought the Free State Project was about Vermont, which is why I was so confused by Vermon's new single-payer health care system. Tongue It's been a couple years since I last read about it...

Thanks for the tip.
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June 04, 2011, 06:11:28 AM
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Hah, I thought the Free State Project was about Vermont, which is why I was so confused by Vermon's new single-payer health care system. Tongue It's been a couple years since I last read about it...

Thanks for the tip.

There are some in Vermont that want to secede, but it's because they don't like the feds telling them how to regulate, not that they mind the regulation.  

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June 04, 2011, 05:10:38 PM
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New Hampshire hands down.  which is one of reasons I live in NH.

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June 04, 2011, 07:38:12 PM
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Montana has to be close.
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June 04, 2011, 08:20:56 PM
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Oregon
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June 05, 2011, 12:43:06 AM
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Many US states are libertarian in different ways.  The Free State Project's research is a good starting point.  Just remember that one of their criteria was that they were looking for a small state that could be influenced by an influx of people.  Texas, for instance, is libertarian in a lot of ways.  Michael Badnarik and Ron Paul, Libertarian Party presidential candidates, are from Texas.  But Texas would never be considered ripe for libertarian take-over.

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June 05, 2011, 12:56:44 AM
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Many US states are libertarian in different ways.  The Free State Project's research is a good starting point.  Just remember that one of their criteria was that they were looking for a small state that could be influenced by an influx of people.  Texas, for instance, is libertarian in a lot of ways.  Michael Badnarik and Ron Paul, Libertarian Party presidential candidates, are from Texas.  But Texas would never be considered ripe for libertarian take-over.

Texas is so libertarian, that when some old lady's husband died the state decided she couldn't take care of herself anymore, sold her house for her, threw her in an assisted living home and forced her to pay for it with the proceeds from her house sale.  Yep that has libertarian written all over it.  Texas is very independent, not free, people often seem to confuse the two.

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June 05, 2011, 03:37:22 AM
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Alaska obviously. Open carry, legal marijuana, and very few laws which infringe on civil rights are a few factors that make Alaska the most libertarian state.

NH is slowly growing because of the FSP and other movements. The state house is definitely the most libertarian legal body in the country.

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June 05, 2011, 03:58:53 AM
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Alaska obviously. Open carry, legal marijuana, and very few laws which infringe on civil rights are a few factors that make Alaska the most libertarian state.

NH is slowly growing because of the FSP and other movements. The state house is definitely the most libertarian legal body in the country.

Alaska allows the most person freedom I think, but it loses out in the other areas: http://mercatus.org/sites/default/files/publication/Freedom_in_the_50_States.pdf

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June 05, 2011, 06:14:25 AM
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Might I suggest seasteading?

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June 05, 2011, 09:40:16 AM
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The US Federal government has the political will and the financial motivation to turn in on its own citizens. I'm not sure there will be a save physical location in the country when that happens.

Biggest total prison population, biggest per capita prison population, most for non-violent crimes... land of the free?

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June 05, 2011, 06:21:43 PM
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Many US states are libertarian in different ways.  The Free State Project's research is a good starting point.  Just remember that one of their criteria was that they were looking for a small state that could be influenced by an influx of people.  Texas, for instance, is libertarian in a lot of ways.  Michael Badnarik and Ron Paul, Libertarian Party presidential candidates, are from Texas.  But Texas would never be considered ripe for libertarian take-over.

Texas is so libertarian, that when some old lady's husband died the state decided she couldn't take care of herself anymore, sold her house for her, threw her in an assisted living home and forced her to pay for it with the proceeds from her house sale.  Yep that has libertarian written all over it.  Texas is very independent, not free, people often seem to confuse the two.

Texan has a lot of libertarians in it, that's for sure.  But the overall population is far from it.  But that's true almost anywhere.  But you seem some pretty big pockets here.
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June 06, 2011, 08:17:11 AM
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Might I suggest seasteading?

I was waiting for this suggestion. 

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June 06, 2011, 09:42:41 AM
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Might I suggest seasteading?

I was waiting for this suggestion. 

How is seasteading going, is there any actual progress on that front? The group has been around for years, but (please correct me if I'm wrong) it seems to me like things are stagnating.

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June 06, 2011, 01:32:11 PM
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I doubt seasteading will work, considering how the last two attempts resulted into governments attacking (Minerva, conquered by Toga, and Rosa, demolished by Italy)

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June 12, 2011, 07:44:02 PM
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Alaska obviously. Open carry, legal marijuana, and very few laws which infringe on civil rights are a few factors that make Alaska the most libertarian state.

NH is slowly growing because of the FSP and other movements. The state house is definitely the most libertarian legal body in the country.

Marijuana isn't exactly legal, only for medical use and less than 1 oz for personal use.

http://www.criminaldefenselawyer.com/marijuana-laws-and-penalties/alaska.htm

We're a weird state because there are a lot of "independent" minded people ande a fair amount of personal freedoms but the State is heavily dependent on the Federal Governement and that shows up in other ways.
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June 12, 2011, 09:55:16 PM
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What are the most libertarian countries?

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