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(Econ Policy Journal)   10 things you could do in 1975 that you can't do now. Anything else?   ( economicpolicyjournal.com) divider line
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2013-12-31 04:37:40 PM  
Interesting list.
 
2013-12-31 04:40:06 PM  
You could also f*ck Karen Carpenter.

Although, technically, I guess you could still do that now...
 
2013-12-31 04:40:27 PM  
Wow, it's almost like things change in 38 years....
 
2013-12-31 04:41:18 PM  
FTA:

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 think someone has a very poopy diaper.
 
jbc [TotalFark]
2013-12-31 04:43:36 PM  
I could laugh at Gerald Ford.
 
2013-12-31 04:47:54 PM  
It was MUCH easier for the government to tap your phone in 1975. Our house had a party line as proof...

You could buy a brand new, gas guzzling, no power death trap car back in '75 from any of the car manufacturers.

You could get AIDS and have no hope of living more than a year.

Duck Dynasty supporters were MUCH more comfortable being racists and homophobes out in the open.

It was a GLORIOUS TIME!

/51
//fark the "good old days"
 
2013-12-31 04:48:07 PM  
I could buy a brand new Super Beetle.
 
2013-12-31 04:48:09 PM  
I could do a skin-the-cat on the uneven bars in 1975.
 
2013-12-31 04:51:09 PM  
Smoke in a movie theater.
 
2013-12-31 04:52:46 PM  

optikeye: Smoke in a movie theater.


Couldn't you also smoke on an airplane?
 
2013-12-31 04:53:35 PM  

scottydoesntknow: optikeye: Smoke in a movie theater.

Couldn't you also smoke on an airplane?


I think by then they were dividing airplanes into smoking/non-smoking sections.
 
2013-12-31 04:54:04 PM  
You could buy beer at 18. And if you lived in Loisiana, you could buy booze at the local 7-11.

And you could get a DWIGHT without fear of losing your job or car.
 
2013-12-31 04:59:13 PM  
 

Rev.K: FTA:

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 think someone has a very poopy diaper.


That was the year I graduated Highschool.
There were a lot of freedoms we had.
There was a first amendment, and a fourth amendment, too.
Ah the good old days before the fascists took over and turned us into pussies.

 You didn't stop and frisk brown people for nothing at all back then. Yeah, shoot them and drop a piece, but you could only play that so many times a day. You'd run out of guns. You could buy condoms at any age and non one said boo. Many states had 18 year old drinking ages. You could drive relatively hammered and if you didn't kill anyone, you generally got away with it. You could drive over the border north and south with nothing more than a DL. Of course, talking your girl into trimming the bushes was not popular. Maybe once a year for bikini season, just a trim around the edges. But that was it.
 
2013-12-31 05:00:52 PM  

vudukungfu: You didn't stop and frisk brown people for nothing at all back then.


lolololololololol
 
2013-12-31 05:05:57 PM  
Sh*t my pants.

(I was an infant in 1975).
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-12-31 05:06:12 PM  
It was MUCH easier for the government to tap your phone in 1975. Our house had a party line as proof...

For the government to tap your phone in 1975 they had to put a person in the vicinity of you and the switch equipment and do a little manual labor to hook up analog equipment. The government can tap your phone in 2013.999 from anywhere on earth with no more effort than typing on a keyboard. The ratio of eavesdropping to effort is thousands to millions of times higher.

Bulk data and voice collection with keyword scanning in 1975 was probably limited to international lines, which were little used due to cost and bandwidth limits. Bulk collection with keyword scanning now is believed to be universal on all unencrypted and some encrypted long distance net traffic.
 
2013-12-31 05:10:26 PM  
You could beat your wife and use the word n*gger with impunity.

You know- the good old days.
 
2013-12-31 05:14:34 PM  

Shostie: scottydoesntknow: optikeye: Smoke in a movie theater.

Couldn't you also smoke on an airplane?

I think by then they were dividing airplanes into smoking/non-smoking sections.


You could also smoke in Doctor's offices, Hospital rooms, and waiting rooms. Heck, they even had ladies that sold magazines, candies, and cartons of cigarettes that would come to your hospital room.
 
2013-12-31 05:16:33 PM  
take in oxygen through the old umbilical cord. whatever happened to that?
 
2013-12-31 05:23:29 PM  
Oddly enough, I didn't see the author state that life was better back then. I guess it was implied, but I think he'd have a damned hard time making that case. Inflation was crazy high (14% or so), the violent crime rate was high, the air and water were much dirtier than today, top marginal tax rates were close to (if not over) 90%.

He can go back to 1975 if he wants. I'll stay here and enjoy what progress we've made and work on making things that much better by 2051.
 
2013-12-31 05:29:14 PM  

skinnycatullus: top marginal tax rates were close to (if not over) 90%.


Oops, 70%.
 
2013-12-31 05:30:46 PM  
Mom used to send us to the grocery store with 40 cents wrapped in a note, for a pack of Pall-Malls, and we'd bring them home for her. We were about 8 and 6 years old at the time. This was about 1965.
 
2013-12-31 05:32:04 PM  
It seems our government's penchant for War is the problem.

1.You could buy an airline ticket and fly without ever showing an ID.
War on Terror
2.You could buy cough syrup without showing an ID.
War on Drugs
3.You could buy and sell gold coins without showing an ID
War on Drugs
4.You could buy a gun without showing an ID
War on War
5.You could pull as much cash out of your bank account without the bank filing a report with the government.
War on Drugs
6.You could get a job without having to prove you were an American.
War on Illegal immigration (not that it matters)
7.You could buy cigarettes without showing an ID
War on Smoking (though this one does make sense)
8.You could have a phone conversation without the government knowing who you called and who called you.
War on Terror
9. You could open a stock brokerage account without having to explain where the money came from.
War on Drugs
10. You could open a Swiss bank account with ease. All Swiss banks were willing and happy to open accounts for Americans.
War on Drugs, War on Terror, everyone hates the US!
 
2013-12-31 05:32:19 PM  

kimwim: Mom used to send us to the grocery store with 40 cents wrapped in a note, for a pack of Pall-Malls, and we'd bring them home for her. We were about 8 and 6 years old at the time. This was about 1965.


Pffft, my dad would send me to the grocery store with a nickel and I could get a loaf of bread, milk, and a dozen eggs.

Nowadays I can't do that. Too many farkin security cameras.
 
2013-12-31 05:35:12 PM  

skinnycatullus: skinnycatullus: top marginal tax rates were close to (if not over) 90%.

Oops, 70%.


That would be worth bringing back.
 
2013-12-31 05:35:51 PM  
All I know is that in 1975, the government wasn't reading my emails.

Thanks, Obama.
 
2013-12-31 05:41:08 PM  
I could consider voting for a Republican without fearing Hell

(Well, I couldn't vote in 1975, being an infant and all, but still)
 
2013-12-31 05:42:38 PM  

jbc: I could laugh at Gerald Ford.




You shut your whore mouth!
 
2013-12-31 05:43:27 PM  
Talk to my mom
 
2013-12-31 05:44:38 PM  
I bet you could fingerbang a secretary or flight attendant without any fear of retribution.*

*white males only
 
2013-12-31 05:45:45 PM  
2.You could buy cough syrup without showing an ID.

7.You could buy cigarettes without showing an ID


I've never had to show ID for either of those things.
 
2013-12-31 05:46:39 PM  

mediablitz: You could get AIDS and have no hope of living more than a year.


In 1975? You sure about that?
 
2013-12-31 05:47:58 PM  
Reading the comments (at the article), what a bunch of annoying pricks.
 
2013-12-31 05:48:55 PM  
You could see boobs in a PG-rated movie, based on the fact that 1975 was before "Airplane!"
 
2013-12-31 05:54:01 PM  
Rock out with an afro & tight polyester slacks with nary a hint of irony?
 
2013-12-31 06:05:34 PM  
An article from July 22nd that complains about items almost exclusively related to the war on drugs/terror. Interedasting
 
2013-12-31 06:21:18 PM  
Touch my toes?
 
2013-12-31 06:35:36 PM  
No, I couldn't, because I was only 13 then.
 
2013-12-31 06:47:24 PM  
You could biatch and moan on Fark about the loss of freedoms without the NSA monitoring you.

Wait....maybe not.
 
2013-12-31 06:51:59 PM  
- Pour used motor oil down the storm drains without fear of fines
- Grab the waitresses ass at the local Diner without fear of anything more than a dirty look from the waitress
- enjoy the wonder of the American freeway system, but only at 55mph
- Still refer to a product in a derogatory manner if it was made in Japan
- Call SE Asians, orientals.
- Let your pubic hair grow as long and untamed as you wanted
- Drive drunk without worry about losing your license or spending time in jail
 
2013-12-31 06:59:20 PM  
so basically in 1975 it was awesome to be a terrorist or corporate criminal!
 
2013-12-31 07:09:38 PM  

scottydoesntknow: optikeye: Smoke in a movie theater.

Couldn't you also smoke on an airplane?


You could smoke in a hospital.

/our family doctor smoked while examining me in his office.
 
2013-12-31 07:16:11 PM  

Krymson Tyde: scottydoesntknow: optikeye: Smoke in a movie theater.

Couldn't you also smoke on an airplane?

You could smoke in a hospital.

/our family doctor smoked while examining me in his office.


When I was in Amsterdam I went to get a haircut and the ladies in the salon were all smoking while they were styling hair. Hairspray + Lit cigarette struck me as an unwise combination.
 
2013-12-31 07:21:38 PM  

FlashHarry: so basically in 1975 it was awesome to be a terrorist or corporate criminal!


You know, the good old days!
 
2013-12-31 07:26:29 PM  

skinnycatullus: skinnycatullus: top marginal tax rates were close to (if not over) 90%.

Oops, 70%.


Most of fark would like us to go back to a 70% top tax rate.
 
2013-12-31 08:07:23 PM  

mikemoto: Most of fark would like us to go back to a 70% top tax rate.


As would I. Not all at once, since that would be a major shock to the system. And probably not at the same (in real dollars) income level it was then. I'd like to see a few more brackets above our top one, with the highest being in the 70% range (for incomes over, say, 100 million... or whatever the data says would be most beneficial to the economy).

But, then, I'm a dirty commie socialist.
 
2013-12-31 08:14:28 PM  

DrBenway: mediablitz: You could get AIDS and have no hope of living more than a year.

In 1975? You sure about that?


Yes, I'm pretty sure the NSA/CIA/Military industrial complex/Reptilians didn't geneticly engineer AIDS/HIV and release it into the wild in Africa until the 80's or so.
 
2013-12-31 08:22:13 PM  

FlashHarry: so basically in 1975 it was awesome to be a terrorist or corporate criminal!


Yeah... pretty much.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1972_Summer_Olympics

http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/big/0905.html

And from 84...


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2013-12-31 08:26:13 PM  
- Play lawn darts
- Molest altar boys with impunity (if you were a priest)
- Drive a car with leaded
-Smack your wife around when she got lippy.
-Litter everywhere
 
2013-12-31 08:42:40 PM  
In 1975 you could drive to the library, search the card catalog, traipse through aisle after aisle and find a book or two that might help you research something for a paper.

I'll keep the internet, thanks.
 
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