Today, 02:46 AM
This is all very true, but with a couple caveats:
50 years ago there was not the volume of laws, rules, mandates, fatwas, orders, regulations, codes and ordinances that there are now, nor was the technology available to watch everybody, all the time, every time, to find out when they running afoul of one of these millions of unknowable and impossible to comply with laws.
50 years ago cops were not in every corner of society, all militarized, all itching to get their beating on, all armed with the laws above and the surveillance to nail you. There are so many cops now, I can't keep track of them of them all: local cops, county cops, state cops, national cops, homeland security cops, transit cops, housing cops, railroad cops, clam cops, environmental cops, trash cops, internet cops, aviation cops, marine cops, banking cops, park cops, border cops, tax cops, immigration cops, hospital cops, school cops...the list goes on and on...there are over 17,000 various branches of cops in the US today.
50 years ago you could, with just a reasonable amount of caution, do a great deal more every day than what you can possibly hope to get away with now, thereby rendering the cop issue fairly moot.
And I can speak fairly confidently about this as I've watched it all happen in my lifetime and have been "awake" and politically active the whole time.