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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Liberal Cities Study

It has been widely written that New Orleans contained a disproportionate percentage of poor citizens than other cities. It has been assumed, based on its history of minority mayors and general voting for Democratic candidates for state and national elections, that it is a "liberal" town. Our intuition is correct.

Clifford Thies does the numbers crunching in asking Can Government Build Cities? in the always provocative Mises Institute website. Thies looks to see whether "liberal" cities, as defined by The Bay Area Center for Voting Research, prove the liberal approach to governance is successful or not. Thies explains that

The Center for Voting Research means the contemporary, American political definition of the word [liberal], which involves a willingness to use the taxing, spending, and regulatory powers of government to redistribute wealth and to control behavior.

These collectivist-philosophy dominated cities, as compared with "conservative" cities, have decidedly higher unemployment rates (fluctuating at about 7.5%), higher murder and non-negligent manslaughter rates and lowest population growth rates (though NYC bucks the trend and may have attracted more people due to Giuliani's improvements).

Where does New Orleans fit? It is the 26th Most Liberal city but jumps up to #2 "with a bullet" for highest murder rate.

And in this post-Katrina environment Mayor Nagin is removing the guns from the legal bearers?

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