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Social engineering is the design and implementation of systems and incentives in a human group, institution, or community to accomplish explicit objectives in its allocations of well-being. Examples of such systems and incentives include socially responsible investing and subsidies, taxes and other confiscations of private property, regulations, and socialism.

Social engineering is intended to bring about a moral and fair society. It focuses attention on an intended just distribution throughout society of basic human rights (e.g., housing, health care, food, etc.) and negative freedoms (e.g., freedom from want). One example of social engineering is the affirmative action programs in the United States. These are government orders and regulations intended to bring about ethnic and racial diversity in the important U.S. institutions of commerce, education, and housing. ...

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