The Libertarian States of America

July 2, 2013

We've written quite a bit about the growing libertarian strain -- particularly among young people -- in the country and its politics.

The growing public acceptance of same-sex marriage and the legalization of marijuana are signs of that the idea of the government minding its own business -- in most things -- is gaining credence with the public.

Given that same-sex marriage and pot are the leading edge of this libertarian strain, we were intrigued by this map -- which we found on the awesome Maps on the Web Tumblr -- that look at which states condone some form of legalization of both.

Now, to be clear, this isn't a map of every state where same sex marriage and pot are legal. Some are states where civil unions for gays and lesbians are recognized, some are states where pot has been decriminalized. But, the map does track the fact that states moving toward legalization --on both marriage and marijuana -- still tend to be clumped on the coasts.

Map courtesy of Maps On The Web Tumblr
Map courtesy of Maps On The Web Tumblr
Chris Cillizza writes “The Fix,” a politics blog for the Washington Post. He also covers the White House.
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