Experiencing Singapore (16): Social Engineering

Singapore does Social Engineering right. In the West, we promote homosexuality and prime kids for tolerating advances by pedophiles — some German states have a curriculum for sex education in kindergarten where kids are encouraged to explore their own sexuality, with members of their own as well as the opposite sex, and all 2,500 other genders, presumably. On the other hand, in Singapore the government promotes healthy living and sustainable social mores.

In the West, you will find large cities in which the most common household size is one. I think in Stockholm in cucked Sweden, around 60% of households only have one person, and presumably half of them have at least one cat. In Singapore, this wouldn’t fly. First, the vast majority of housing is provided by the government. Around 85% of people live in subsidizes housing, which is leased for 99 years. To get one of those places, you have to have a job and at least one co-applicant. The co-applicant could be adult children, or maybe the grandmother you take care of. Most commonly, it’s your spouse. Thus, this policy promotes marriage. On the other hand, if you’d rather stay single and have your own place, you either have to be a baller, able to pay for very expensive private housing or you wait until you are at least 35, as you are then eligible for a particular housing scheme for singles.

While there has been some change of morals among younger people, promiscuity is generally frowned upon. This applies to both men and women, but of course much more to women. Due to the way the housing supply is regulated, young people also get encouraged to find a partner quickly, as opposed to “finding themselves”, which, in the West, means that Stacy has taken it in the ass by 50 guys by the time she’s turned 30 and then frantically stalks all the Benjamins with decent careers she happily turned down when Chad and Tyrone used her as a cumdumpster. Parents also have a great influence on their kids. They are brought up to respect their parents and customs. In the West, on the other hand, we excuse teenage stupidity as “puberty” and encourage boys and girls to behave in irresponsible ways.

Housing and finding a partner are of course big issues. There are also many smaller issues on which the government influences behavior. One is that you don’t find many trashcans in public. Also, recall that there is a heavy fine on littering. Consequently, you take your trash back home or don’t produce any while you are out and about. On the other hand, in your typical Western shithole country there is no shortage of trash cans, yet people don’t even use them and just throw their trash anywhere, which could mean dropping an old TV from your balcony in the third floor in Berlin’s Kreuzberg district and not caring about the chance of accidentally killing someone who just happens to walk past.

There are also quite interesting concepts with regards to making people consume healthier food. My girlfriend recently told me that the cafeterias at the local universities sell drinks prepared on site without added sugar as the default option, whereas the old default was to have “low sugar” as the default. Thus, nowadays you have to make an effort to ask for more sugar, while previously you had to ask not to get any sugar. Since humans prefer the path of least resistance, this means that changing the default is a smart way of reducing sugar consumption.

In a biography of Singapore’s legendary founder Lee Kuan Yew, I read that in the early years of the country, some heavy measures were put in place to clean up the island. One was to get rid of Marxists and Socialists during operation “Cold Store”, another was to get rid of beggars in order to improve the public image. We didn’t have beggars in the West for the longest time. In fact, I recall reading a history of the German welfare state, in which I found a letter stating the surprise of a member of the British government that there were no beggars in Weimar Germany. Those days are long gone. Instead, we now import beggars from all corners of the world. It’s still officially outlawed, I think, but laws are only enforced against the indigenous population, so it does not matter. The point of this is that with heavy-handed measures you can clean up a country. It’s a matter of political will in the end.

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