Counterproductive social restrictions Over-regulation of public life Unwarranted social prohibitions Compulsory social obligations Gratuitous restrictions Overcomplicated implementation of citizen rights and responsibilities
Guidelines and laws relating to individual freedom and commercial practices which are unnecessarily restrictive. In many instances these restrictions or warnings are patronizing or over-protective, and their establishment and monitoring consumes public funds which are wrung from underserviced areas.
A city restaurant in the USA was unable to use its private lawn for outdoor dining because the state law forbade the serving of alcohol if there was not "a high wall or fence" between the drink and the passerby. On the nearby corner any teenager could buy street drugs.
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