Between 1974 and 1979, the city of Dauphin, Manitoba, Canada, took part in an experimental guaranteed income program (“Mincome”). For those four years—until the project was cancelled and its findings packed away—the town’s poorest residents were given monthly checks that supplemented what modest earnings they had and rewarded them for working more. And for that time, the effects of poverty began to melt away. Doctor and hospital visits declined, mental health appeared to improve, and more teenagers completed high school.
The indigenous Ju’Hoansi people of southern Africa live in a more liberal society than most modern nations. Divorce is not stigmatized, homosexuality is not demonized, and sex is seen as natural and beautiful, not shameful or dirty. In addition, rape and other forms of sexual violence are practically unheard of due to complete gender equality.
In late-1600s Puritan society, a child over 16 convicted of cursing at a parent was sentenced to death. Being a stubborn or rebellious child also earned you a death sentence.