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What things did people have in the 70’s that we don’t have now? I can think of a few. A debt-free education for one... university study here in the Netherlands was fully government funded. Affordable homes to buy for another... a good sized house was 3x an average year’s salary.

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My mother's house was purchased for roughly 28k in 1971. 3bed/2.5bath. Full attic, full basement, 1 car garage attached to the basemen, 2 car detached garage. 1/2 acre property. Essex County, New Jersey.
That same property today is worth approximately $550k (amended for accuracy).
The 70s were the last decade that I can recall real prosperity. Things started tanking in the 80s, and have gotten exponentially worse. The 80s were the advent of artificial prosperity -- namely "Reaganomics", the "moral majority", christian evangelism, and a host of other unpleasant concepts.

KKGator Level 9 July 20, 2018

Also, a factor in prosperity was that unions still had power. That was before "Right to Work" laws.

@dahermit Yep.

Got to agree there. Same as UK with the Thatcher dismantling machine. End of unions and birth of digital age and societal isolation.


Job security and pensions sufficient to live well after you retire.


Decent Social Security benefits and Medicare. Decent education. My public school education was superior to what I see kids getting now. New math my ass. No STD epidemic, I was young and foolish and never caught a disease that kept on giving. Our food was better. We were not so reliant on chemical fertilizers and we ate more fresh food less out of a box. Less chemical crap in the air and water. Better TV programs and not continual TV. We talked to each other more.


For as great as the 70s and 80s were, child abuse was more rampant. No one ever talked about it or got arrested for it. My dad beat us with belts, switches, or his hands, he was a rough, ignorant man. He told me "there is no such thing as rape because a woman can run faster with her skirts up than a man can with his pants down." And "if you ever get pregnant without being married I will kick you out of the house." When I left his house I never looked back. I also never let my kids visit my dad and step witch without me being there. They say abuse runs in families. I stopped it in my family, it did not get passed on. Yes, I have some baggage from childhood. If a man near me raises his hand in anger I shrink and close down. One threat and I am gone. I will never again have that in my life.

Sounds like the upbringing that I had but it was from my mother and not my father.


Affordable housing whether renting or buying, cars were more affordable along with auto insurance. Affordable education. Cheaper drugs and more casual sex. ☺

Sticks48 Level 9 July 20, 2018

TV antennas. lol.


more affordable housing than we do now

kiramea Level 7 July 20, 2018

We had less powerful churches back than


No worry about Global Warming
A belief in a better future for future generations

My father was a Chemistry teacher, so I was kept up to date on things like global warming, starvation, overpopulation, etc. However I do understand that the majority of the people never heard of it.

@kiramea I was a kid....on a farm in the middle of nowhere....turned 13 in, yeah, wasn't on the news and wasn't taught in school.


No HIV/AIDS epidemic.
No T party.
No Russia. It was the USSR boys.
George Mc Govern

Mooolah Level 8 July 20, 2018

The one thing I had in the 70s that I don't have today....youth !!!!!!!

IamNobody Level 8 July 20, 2018

Rotary phones, payphones/phone booths, seven TV channels total at the most, answering machines, record players, 8-track tapes, affordable housing, encyclopedias, typewriters, disco, Watergate (really sad that compared to today's commander-in-chief that Nixon is considered an "elder statesman" ), Vietnam, leisure suits...

bleurowz Level 8 July 20, 2018

Double features at big ass theaters. Cheaper health care /dental care/abortions, cheap rent, cheap college, cheap food, cheap drugs. Discos. All-nighters. Hours-long talks on the telephone. One night stands. Drive-ins.

erthnyc Level 3 July 20, 2018

8-track, Pontiac Trans Am, stainless steel slides at the playground


Ne fear of STD's as a death sentence, AIDS, or a permanent condition, herpes, to name just 2.

Mitch07102 Level 7 July 20, 2018

Lower gas prices.????

Sheannutt Level 9 July 20, 2018

I’d love to live on a house that is worth three years of salary.

indirect76 Level 7 July 20, 2018

Cassette recorders, black and white TVs, reel to reel tape recorders, proper board games, strip shopping with proper shops, nutritious food, diseases which were incurable, Concorde, more respect for each other, religious tolerance, school teachers that still wore capes and mortar boards...

Geoffrey51 Level 8 July 20, 2018

Pet rocks. Now extinct. smile003.gif

Marketing genius. Sell people a rock.

I have a pet rock. I won it from a radio station (KRGI) when I was in High School. I still have that pet rock. It's gone just about every place with me. That's a lotta miles.

@HippieChick58 that is so cool! Wish I would have saved mine and kept my mood ring too.. :/


A sense of indestructability and an insane urge to demonstrate it! ?


Good automotive techs


Best Weed could buy and without damaging additives. Popular music was worth listening to. Porn was kept on theaters... 8mm films were hidden... errr maybe I should remove the Porn thing. Popular music was worth listening to! And never met a woman with baggage back then.

I was 12 in 1970 and I already had baggage smile003.gif

A full oz of truly righteous smoke was available for $40. I don't recall ever being without.
Now? Not so much.
Haven't indulged since Christmas when my niece was here from NC.

@HippieChick58 You, you... Okay. My grandma warned me about girls like you!

@HippieChick58, @KKGator And in P.R. to be $40.00 had to be really good. Smoke once this century, with my daughter. I was not impressed. I will smoke again next century. Shit now days can't measure up. Even Heroin is a Major Killer now days. Back in my days was Dangerous and Stupid (keeping me out of it) but didn't killed you like today it does.


George McGovern

Mooolah Level 8 Aug 6, 2018

Good Manners.

Hitchens Level 8 July 21, 2018

Dial phones

weeman Level 7 July 20, 2018
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