Is Singapore a Model for the West?

Sure, but only if citizens are willing to give up some of their freedoms in exchange for low crime, no drug problem and spotless streets

SINGAPORE IS ASIA'S DREAM COUNTRY. Almost anywhere else, Goh Pang Meng, the son of a poor immigrant street vendor from China, would still be struggling to survive in a thatched hut like the one in which he grew up with 11 brothers and sisters. But at 44, Goh owns a comfortable five-room apartment and lives, like 87% of his countrymen, in a government housing project. He has three children, the minimum politically correct number preferred for the well- educated by a eugenics-inspired government: he received a $12,500 tax credit for the third birth, and his wife, who helps out in his...

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