Old editions have the same information. In fact based classes where there's only one right answer and no possibility of a viewpoint, other textbooks on the same subject have the same information. I never bought a new textbook after first year, and you don't ever have to.
First of all, your scenario is a bunch of nonsense. Have you forgotten about libraries? The internet? There are plenty of free and legal ways to get all the information you need. Say what you want about public schools, but nearly all of them are sufficient to get you out of the trailer park (or mom's basement) if you decide that's what you want.
Second, is this thread seriously comparing copyright with slavery? Really? I love free tunes as much as the next guy, but if those of you making this argument honestly believe it, you need to take a serious look at your lives.
1 and 2. I have had bad experiences everywhere. It happens. There are dumb people in every province and city, and living on every block. Nothing you can do about it, but using it as the basis for generalization doesn't do anybody any good.
3 and 4. That's the government, not the people there. The government has its own culture that seems to have pervaded all parties.
5. The language laws are annoying, but they are very rarely a restriction of rights.
"The medium is the massage." -- Crazy Nigel