I've been on this earth for 56 years. I don't feel one iota less free than I felt when I was younger, except for the intrusiveness of cellphones. It's difficult to truly get away these days. When I was younger, if I took a long road trip, no one could reach me, and if I traveled overseas, the cost and inconvenience of calling was prohibitive. But, other than that, if anything I am more free. Thanks to the internet, I have far greater access to all sorts of information, and I've visited a number of politically nutty sites (right and left) with no consequences. Whether under Reagan, Bush, or a Democrat, I spoke my mind forcefully with no consequences. Apparently, I can still buy any kind of gun, and even bomb-making materials, with no consequences (unless I am up to something bad). I go wherever I want, and am sometimes stopped by security at places like airports for reasons that make me feel safer. As it was 40 years ago, there are many ways to avoid government intrusion. If you're worried about the internet, then don't do anything especially private; if you don't trust the IRS, then keep your money as precious metals in a safety deposit box or personal safe; if you fear the government spying on you from its satellites, then wear a hat. Certainly, freedom for women, minorities, gays, and the disabled has increased over the years. What freedoms have we lost? We've lost some of our innocence, but that's part of a change that has been going on for centuries. And knowledge and its burdens is not a deprivation of freedom. When righties say we are less free, what are they talking about? Let's have some specifics, because otherwise it sounds to me like nothing more than a right-wing talking point.