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Norway collects 44% of its GDP in taxes and spends a large share of it on welfare policies. Singapore collects 14% of its GDP in taxes and spends almost none of it on welfare policies. In Norway there were 572 personal computers per 1000 people (2004 data). In Singapore there were 621 personal computers per 1000 people (2002 data).

The idea that you need high taxes and massive redistribution of wealth to enable mass consumption of technology seems to contradict empirical evidence.

The main point of my post was that the tax level isn't the central variable.
Singapore does a lot of good things. It pays government burocrats competetive wages with the private sector to forward looking people in government.

I spoke about car as luxury goods being a waste of capital in society.
It has a tax system that means that a BMW 335i costs five times as much as the same car costs in the US.

It prevents ghetto's being created where everybody is poor by preventing on ethic group from taking the majority in a specific neighborhood.

Singapore can spend less on wellfare policies because it has laws that force it's citizen's to provide welfare to family members without a job. You couldn't have the same laws in the US which highly values individual freedom.

If an US politican would campaign on a quota for racial diversity in every local neighborhood I doubt that politician would get elected.
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