I hear this all the time from people who come over here from Europe. I've been to Europe, and Australia (Mexico) and though on some details I can see how it would appear to have more freedom. For example, the speed limits in the United States as opposed to the speed limits in Europe. In France, there are virtually no speed limits and pedestrians do not have the right-of-way. You can drive as fast as you want, but then again you better not J-walk in France. The drinking laws in Europe are far more open than in most of the States in the USA. I saw so many drunk people walking around when I was Cambridge; Europe tends to tolerate it much more. I did notice, however, that Americans appear to have more self-confidence and it comes off as being arrogant to Europeans. Children seem to misbehave far more in America, as they appear to be more expressive or are allowed to be more expressive. This is just my observation. I'm just curious to read what the other JCer's think.