Singapore Changes Its Tune: “Stop at Two” Now Raps “Make a Baby Tonight”

Poster from Singapore's Anti-Child Ad Campaign. Bad Government Policy is Hard to Reverse.

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Today is the anniversary of Singapore’s independence, and they’re celebrating by urging citizens to make a baby. With headlines like “Thursday’s the Day to Go All the Way for Civic Duty in Singapore,” and a new commercial rap video produced by Mentos to “Get Your National Night On,” Singapore is fighting a battle with one of the lowest birth rates in the world.

What a difference 40 years make.

In the 1960s and ’70s, Singapore’s government was in the forefront of Malthusian fears (flavored with eugenics), with a population control campaign for residents—especially low-income and less-educated—to Stop at Two and then get sterilized (at right).

China just might want to take notice.

Oh, and we might want to take notice, too: is the Obamacare contraception mandate, rolled out August 1, a bit of the same?

Maybe we ought to take a lesson from Singapore and reconsider: Big Brother doesn’t know best, and such decisions are best left to families.

What a rad concept.

Here’s the video, now going viral:

Mary L. G. Theroux is Chairman and Chief Executive of the Independent Institute.
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