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We’re 26!

Philadelphia is 26 on a list of top 35 freest cities.  Las Vegas is the freest city in the ranking.  But hey, at least Philadelphia beat New York in something that doesn’t involve negative social indicators.

Hat tip to Dr. Helen

5 Responses to “We’re 26!”

  1. Xrlq says:

    I don’t trust those figures as far as I can throw them. Note that while the Texas cities are tied on gun rights (as they should be due to preemption), the California cities are not. Odder still, all are ranked below NYC, despite the fact that California doesn’t require a license to own a gun, while NYC requires a permit that’s harder to get than a license to carry in most states (including NC – note that Charlotte and NYC are virtually tied). Meanwhile, Chicago bans handguns outright, and even post-Heller, DC comes damned close to doing the same.

  2. Dustin says:

    Not bad, but Phoenix was ranked 14th place. Neener Neener Neener ;)

  3. Ahab says:

    Indianapolis is 24!

  4. Prudie says:

    It’s an interesting list. But I’m not completely happy with what they consider freedom. I mean, they considered the “cool” libertarian issues of freedom, things like pot, guns, gambling and prostitution. Taxation wasn’t a consideration in the ranking. (Not that guns aren’t important, they are. I’d just like to see them consider taxation and fiscal regulations in the ranking.)

    This kind of thing ticks me off mildly because it plays into the often heard criticism that libetarians are only interested in pot and prostitution. It’s one way of dismissing libertarian ideals as nothing more than the ideals of frat boys looking for a place to get high legally.

    And by “libertarian” I mean “fiscal conservative/social liberal” not “Libertarian Party member.”

    Atlanta is #9, mostly because of the sex trade industry where we’re #2. But don’t think to come to Atlanta for the prostitution; they’re only around when the the Georgia Legislature is in session. :)

  5. Sebastian says:

    I agree with that Purdie.

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