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July 23, 2008

The Thirty Five Biggest Cities in America, Ranked from Least Free to Most Free

This is a Reason article, so the typical libertarian impulses inform the list.

Still, it's good reading.

Most paternalistic/socialist/fascist-dogooder city culture in America?

Chicago.

Wonderful.

Oh, Snap! "Cerebral Paul Z." writes:

If Reason still had the typical libertarian impulses, it would have been a better article. See if you can guess which category they left out.

Well-played, sir. Indeed, their criteria for freedom do not include anything at all about taxes, property rights, or freedom to practice a trade or run a business.

Which is a pretty deadly point about a magazine supposedly dedicated to "freedom." They're into the hot aspects of freedom, yes. The shit that fourteen-year-old boys think about. And that's about it.

I'm surprised they didn't include how young you can be before you get your learner's permit as a key consideration.

El Ricko puts it more directly:

Ah, Las Vegas. Of course the "Pot and sex! Gee, am I cool yet?" folks at Reason put Vegas, baby, Vegas at the top of the list.

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