Instead of in an allegedly free country, I’d rather live in a real free market.
Take this quote by C.S. Lewis:
“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”
In a free market, if I prefer to not buy an item, then the vendor will not force me to. He may try to deceive me into buying it anyway, that is true, and advertising is capable of luring many people in. But it takes a government for businesses to lean on, to force me to spend my money on the product. In fact, because government can not exist without theft and coercion, they may go the most certain route instead and simply steal our money (levy taxes) and pay the vendor that way.
In a free country, I have the right to move within certain strictly defined bounds of acceptable behaviour, some of those bounds are patently ridiculous, such as the penalties for victimless crimes. A ban on drugs? Come on, Al Capone, anyone?
Anyway, this proves that free countries are not free at all.
Of course, in any society there should be limits on behaviour, but those limits should be reasonable, and limited to protecting the direct interests of other people, not to politicians’ desires to shape the world according to their liking. (likeness?)