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How free was the United States in the GIlded age?

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Eugene posted on Tue, Nov 27 2012 2:33 PM

There were some taxes obviously, but quite little (even including the relatively high tariffs). Blacks and women probably didn't have full rights (though I am not sure about that since much of it involves the use of public property anyway).

There were some anti free speech laws. I think you couldn't sue polluters. Strikes were sometimes forbidden. There were some labor laws. 

What other stuff?

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According to this chart, government spending is 42% of the GDP (as of 2009).

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