In England, everything is permitted except what is forbidden. In Germany, everything is forbidden except what is permitted. In France, everything is allowed, even what is prohibited. In the USSR, everything is prohibited, even what is permitted.
… and in the United States no one really knows what is truly forbidden or permitted and the arguments go on endlessly …
As to a place where ‘no one really knows what is truly forbidden or permitted, and the arguments go on endlessly, does not that better describe Rome than the U.S.?
not better, but perhaps as well.
There’s a saying in Dutch (the history of which I have not yet managed to trace) to the effect that ‘Almost everything is forbidden, and anything that isn’t forbidden is required.’