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Arizona (Navajo: Hoozdo Hahoodzo; O'odham: Alĭ ṣonak) is a U.S. state in the southwestern region of the United States. It is also part of the Western and the Mountain states. It is the sixth largest and the 14th most populous of the 50 states. Its capital and largest city is Phoenix. Arizona, one of the Four Corners states, is bordered by New Mexico to the east, Utah to the north, Nevada and California to the west and Mexico to the south, as well as the southwestern corner of Colorado. Arizona's border with Mexico is 626 km long, on the northern border of the Mexican states of Sonora and Baja California.

Geographical type: Territory

Latitude: 34° N — Longitude: 112° W

Area: 295,234 km²

ISO 3166-2 code: US-AZ

Birthplace of

Barry Goldwater, Barry Morris Goldwater, in Phoenix, on 2 Jan 1909

Deathplace of

Barry Goldwater, in Paradise Valley, on 29 May 1998
Robert LeFevre, in Flagstaff, on 13 May 1986
David Nolan, in Tucson, on 21 Nov 2010

Measures of Freedom

Freedom in the 50 States 2015-2016 | Arizona | Cato Institute
2014: Overall rank: 14, fiscal policy rank: 16, regulatory policy rank: 20, personal freedom rank: 14, economic freedom rank: 23
LP State-by-State Membership Numbers [PDF], Libertarian Party News, Apr 2006
31 Dec 2005: Number of Members: 359


Arizona GOP candidate switches to LP, Libertarian Party News, May 1998
A Republican candidate for governor in Arizona has publicly resigned from that party and re-registered as a Libertarian -- after accusing the GOP of no longer standing 'for personal freedom.' ... Tom Rawles, a former Maricopa County supervisor, said he was ending his campaign for the GOP nomination for governor ...
Arizona Makes It Tougher for Police to Seize People's Money and Stuff for Themselves, by Scott Shackford, 13 Apr 2017
Discusses a civil asset forfeiture reform law signed by Arizona's governor Doug Ducey
Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has ... made the correct choice to help protect the property rights of its citizens. Ducey has just signed into law a bill that should seriously restrict the ability of law enforcement officers in Arizona to abuse the process of civil asset forfeiture as a way of generating revenue rather than fighting crime ... Activism has led to recent legal reform of the rules in many states. Arizona just joined the list ... Only one lawmaker voted against civil asset forfeiture reform in Arizona, but the governor still had to deal with resistance from police and prosecutors.
Borderlands: What’s Happening to America?, by Sheldon Richman, 30 Jul 2014
Discusses the extension of border patrol activities in the United States well beyond (100 miles) the traditional country and coastline limits
The harassment has prompted people around Arivaca, Arizona, 25 miles from the Mexican border, to demand that a local checkpoint be removed. According to Miller, people
were fed up with the obligatory stop between their small town and the dentist or the nearest bookstore. They were tired of Homeland Security agents scrutinizing their children on their way to school ... In late 2013, they demanded that the federal government remove the checkpoint ... At the beginning of 2014, small groups from People Helping People in the Border Zone — the name of their organization — started monitoring the checkpoint several days a week.
David and His Goliaths, by Karen De Coster, Mises Daily, 2 Dec 2002
David is a remarkably diligent businessman from Mesa, Arizona, and his Goliaths are the many arms of the State. David made an enemy of the State because he dared to legally push the boundaries of the police state. He did so during a crusade aimed at the prevention of further regime encroachment into the lives of others.
Drug War Dementia, by James Bovard, Freedom Daily, Nov 1996
Details various police, military and school actions and legislation in the government's war on users of certain banned substances, and the generally unrecognized side effects of these policies
In 1986, ... state and federal narcotics agents swept into Jerome, Arizona, a small ... town with 460 residents. The New York Times noted: "To law-enforcement officials, Jerome had become a 'hippie' redoubt ... where ... outcasts from ... the 1960s had taken over the local government, established their own rules and officially tolerated the production of marijuana in the nearby hills." One resident complained: "To bring 100 policemen into a small town at 5 o'clock in the morning, dragging women and children out of bed, scaring them half to death, to get 9 or 10 pounds of marijuana, is asinine."
Educating Arizona, by Michael W. Lynch, Reason, Jul 1997
The education establishment has long championed policies to lower teacher-to-student ratios. But when the Arizona legislature came up with a plan that may accomplish just that, the Arizona Education Association, the state's largest teachers' union, didn't applaud--it threatened to sue.
Fighting Discrimination without the Government, by Sheldon Richman, Future of Freedom, Jun 2014
Comments on an amendment to Arizona's Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), about discrimination by non-government individuals or groups; revised version of "We Can Oppose Bigotry without the Politicians" (28 Feb 2014)
Earlier this year, the Arizona legislature passed—and the governor vetoed—a bill that would have amended the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which holds that even a seemingly religiously neutral law may not "substantially burden" the exercise of religion in the absence of a "compelling government interest" and a less-restrictive method of advancing that interest ... The Arizona bill would have extended the RFRA to any "individual, association, partnership, corporation, church, religious assembly or institution, estate, trust, foundation or other legal entity."
Libertarian Voters and the Libertarian Party, by David Boaz, 23 May 2008
Discusses the 2008 Libertarian Party presidential candidate nominees, the views of libertarian-leaning voters and the prospects for the LP
I always wondered if most votes for Libertarian candidates were really just "none of the above" votes ... My "[NOTA] hypothesis" seemed to be disproved by results from an over-sample in Arizona. There, 15 percent of our Internet sample gave libertarian answers ... And of those, 7 percent said they had voted for the Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate, and 23 percent had voted for the Libertarian candidate for governor. Of the total sample, 57 percent of the votes for the Libertarian Senate candidate came from libertarian voters, and 68 percent of the votes for the Libertarian candidate for governor came from libertarians.
A Philosophy Lesson [PDF], by A. Barton Hinkle, Regulation, 2011
Argues, with various examples, that many current problems stem from the lack of proper (philosophical) reasoning, such as category errors (e.g., being unable to distinguish between stick drawings or plastic molds of guns and actual weapons)
[A] bill recently signed ... by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer ... prevents private homeowners' associations from forbidding residents to fly the Gadsden flag. The flag, with its coiled snake and its "Don't tread on me" legend, protests government oppression and so has become a standard among Tea Party types, some of whom apparently think (or at least feel) they should not be held to the deals they signed. So they have appealed to heavy-handed government to protect their flags protesting governmental heavy-handedness. A primer on the social contract—or elementary logic—could have avoided that mess.

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Arizona" as of 11 Sep 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.