We are much less free than in 1975

September 3, 2013 - By John Seiler

Economic Policy Journal lists 10 things you could do in 1975 you can’t do today because America is much less free:

1. You could buy an airline ticket and fly without ever showing an ID.

2. You could buy cough syrup without showing an ID.

3. You could buy and sell gold coins without showing an ID

4. You could buy a gun without showing an ID

5. You could pull as much cash out of your bank account without the bank filing a report with the government.

6. You could get a job without having to prove you were an American.

7. You could buy cigarettes without showing an ID

8. You could have a phone conversation without the government knowing who you called and who called you.

9. You could open a stock brokerage account without having to explain where the money came from.

10. You could open a Swiss bank account with ease. All Swiss banks were willing and happy to open accounts for Americans.

There are thousands of other examples.The monitoring is in place all that is required from here is the clampdown.

The differences, between now and 1975 in the business sector are even more prevalent. In recent years, in industry after industry regulations and prohibitions have been poured on top of free markets. It doesn’t look like things will get any better in years to come. Eventually, the economy will suffocate and collapse, if this continues.

I would add some more to the list:

11. In California, you could smoke in a bar.

12. In Michigan, where I lived then, you could buy alcohol at age 18.

13. You could buy a “gas guzzler” car, like the classic 1976 Buick 225.

Buick 225 1976

14. If you were a child, you could play soldier, or cops and robbers, or cowboys and Indians with real looking plastic guns — instead of the ugly, bright-colored ones mandated today.

15. You could be politically incorrect.

16. You could attend a public school that didn’t look like, and operate like, a prison.

17. You could go to a pro baseball game and get an actual bat on “Bat Day.”

18. You could be an energetic boy without getting pumped full of Ritalin.

19. You could blast off an Estes model rocket in any vacant lot, especially a school’s.

Add your own below.

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  1. jimmydeeoc says:

    This page has been blocked by FireHost Website Protection.

  2. jimmydeeoc says:

    It’s getting annoying

  3. us citizen says:

    I miss the good ol’ days

  4. Let It Collapse says:

    When you examine the effects of the Patriot Act, the ease with which the American government decides to go to war and kill hundreds of thousands, the manner in which “equality under the law” has been all but dismantled, the news media’s unholy alliance with government, government’s choice of whether to consider Al-Queda friend or foe (depending upon which way the wind blows on a particular day), the growth of the underclass, the current police state in which cops go door to door without search warrants (Boston Marathon bombing), the corporate-gov connection were telephone companies give up your phone records without your knowledge, consent and w/o a search warrant to the Feds, anyone who still believes we live in a free society must be sucking on the whacky tobaccie.

  5. jimmydeeoc says:

    might it be message length?

  6. jimmydeeoc says:

    one-liners seem to post ok……

    but write a couple paragraphs and u get blocked

  7. Rex the Wonderdog! says:

    I agree with most of the 1975 rules

    • John Seiler says:

      Rex: Do you mean you agree with the rules on the list that have been imposed SINCE 1975?

      • Rex the Wonderdog! says:

        No, I liked MOST of the rules that were in place in 1975, not the ones after…like the 21 for alcohol, the helmet laws, the seatbelt laws……the “tough on crimes” laws where the theft of a pizza slice gets you 25-life…..

  8. SkippingDog says:

    In 1975, a bad dog like Rex would have already been euthanized.

  9. Ted Steele, CEO says:

    Wow John—- You have listed a child like list of trivial junk……..almost nothing important or of substance on your list……seems like you’re getting crankier……remember– In Somalia you will have NONE of those problems!

  10. SkippingDog says:

    Somalia is the closest thing on this Earth to a libertarian paradise, John. No evil government to get in the way, all services privatized, etc.

  11. Ted Steele, CEO says:

    John– it’s still pretty fun…..I am pursuing happiness in it’s manifold forms. In fact, I am smoking right now. Mmmmm

    • John Seiler says:

      But not smoking in the best place to smoke: a bar.

      • The Ted Steele Conceptual Abstraction Unit says:

        We all must bear up with the little inconveniences John.

        • John Seiler says:

          No we don’t have to. And as compared to 1976, today there are nothing but government-imposed inconveniences. Another word for it is despotism.

    • Rex the Wonderdog! says:

      Ted Steals, Fry Cook says:
      September 5, 2013 at 6:47 am

      John– it’s still pretty fun…..I am pursuing happiness in it’s manifold forms. In fact, I am smoking right now. Mmmmm
      Now Teddy, If I told you once I have told you a 1,000 times, put the crack pipe down lil buddy ;)

  12. Ted Steele, CEO says:

    omg john—-and the ice cream man does not come down my street anymore——grow up.

    • John Seiler says:

      Ted: That’s just the problem: The regulations won’t let me “grow up.” Just like a child, I can’t smoke in a bar or buy an Electra 225. The government won’t let me.

      And, actually, the ice cream man does come down my street. He would come more often if the government’s anti-natalist policies hadn’t plunged the birth rate below replacement levels.

  13. Katy Grimes says:

    In 1975 girls could climb trees and fight without teachers declaring them lesbians or transgender-in-waiting.

    In 1975, we could buy Sudafed without begging a Pharmacist for it, or signing a government form and showing ID.

    In 1975 schools taught the three R’s, history, geography, languages (including Latin), music, art… and that’s it.

    In 1975 “Gay” meant happy, and rainbows were worn by little girls.

    There is so much more…


  14. skippingdog says:

    In 1975, you would have only been hired as a secretary, Katy. Perhaps those days were better in some ways.

  15. The Ted Steele Conceptual Abstraction Unit says:

    In 1975….the tea party was a fun fact we learned about in junior high…

    in 1975….even Republicans supported the laws of the land vis the voting rights act…

    in 1975…Ron Paul had not yet gone off the deep end…

    in 1975…we had still not had the 785 mass shootings that we would have in the next decade alone…

    in 1975 if a frog had wings he would still bump his ass…

  16. The Ted Steele Conceptual Abstraction Unit says:

    …what must it be like to be the Poodle and NEVER have any clever come backs?

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