HOW FREE DO WE WANT TO BE? Just think of the fun we could have if we did not have to follow any rules and regulations. You could go into a shop, fill your basket with all types of fancy goods and leave without paying for them. If you drive, then there would be no need to worry about getting stopped for speeding or dangerous driving. If you are at school you could forget all about learning and play games all day long.

It does sound like a good life but would such a system work in reality? If you spend any time thinking about it then you must come to the conclusion that life would be more difficult without rules rather than easier. For example, imagine there were no rules regulating what side of the road you drive on, you decide for yourself when you wake up in the morning. Would you take a chance driving down a motorway in such a society when someone could be coming straight at you at 70 mph? How long would shops stay open if we were not obliged to pay for our goods? People have always complained about rules and regulations and probably always will but it is almost unimaginable to live life without them. There is no such thing as a country without rules but there is little agreement about what is the right amount of regulation.

Some countries are very liberal such as Holland which for example allows some degree of drug taking. Other countries try to control as much as possible the lives of it's citizens. These countries are often totalitarian states and will have influence over what clothes its people wear, where they can go and what they can read or watch on TV.