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Voting for Freedom with Your Feet

A map of overall state freedom

Overall State Freedom (Courtesy Mercatus.org) – Click map to open interactive page

Recently Dan Mitchell blogged about the Mercatus Center’s latest state freedom map. He closed with the comment, “I grew up in New York, which is #50 in the rankings of freedom in the states, and then in Connecticut, which ranks only #40. But I went to college in Georgia, which is #9 in the rankings, and I now live in the Virginia, which is #8. But I somehow doubt that I’ll ever wind up in North Dakota.”

Dan’s comment intrigued me. Do Americans value freedom enough to actually pursue it, by moving from less free to more free states? Well, it’s easy enough to find out, especially if you just happen to be a Geographic Information System (GIS) geek like me. Without too much effort, I mined the most recent U.S. Census bureau data to create my own intriguing map.

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Wussification – Passing Fad, or Permanent Trend?

Photos of Sydney Lea and Jack London

Authors Sydney Lea and Jack London (left to right)

They say the first step to recovery is to admit you have a problem. OK, here goes. I read. A lot. People occasionally inquire as to my favorite book or author. That’s hardly a fair question. It’s like asking an alcoholic to name their favorite beverage. There’s only one answer: Who cares, as long as it contains alcohol? Or, in my case, some reasonable facsimile of literary content.

My beloved is a delightfully complicated creature of multitudinous interests, but I suppose if you forced her to choose a label, she’d call herself a poet. Her literary tastes are (how to put it?) somewhat more refined than mine. Occasionally she runs across something she thinks might strike my fancy, and tosses it my way. Most of her bycatch is excellent, and drops down my voracious maw with nary a hiccup. But every now and then she’ll pass me something I just can’t digest. Case in point: Sydney Lea’s A North Country Life: Tales of Woodsmen, Waters, and Wildlife. Read more…

The Infantilization of America

Chris Rock claims the president is “our boss.” Mr. Rock seems blissfully unaware that the United States is a representative republic in which, by definition, the president is nothing more than a public servant. Let me reiterate for Mr. Rock, who seems so woefully unfamiliar with the concept: President Obama is not our boss; he is our servant.

Mr. Rock submits that president is Obama is, like, the “dad of the country.” No, Mr. Rock, president Obama is not your daddy. Nor is he mine. Only two forms of government revere the head of government as a father: totalitarian fascism, and totalitarian communism. Mr. Rock, if you let president Obama be your daddy, it will only be a matter of time before he makes himself your führer.

Here’s what happens when the head of government is your daddy:

Image of a Hitler Youth poster

Youth serve the Führer

Observe closely – the cute little Aryan girl’s eyes shine almost as brightly for Hitler as Mr. Rock’s eyes shine for Obama. She is just ever so happy that Hitler is her “boss” and her “dad.” Gentle reader, do you suppose we should all be as eager to have Obama as our “boss” and “dad”? Read more…

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