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Sometimes when I'm feeling misanthropic I wonder if this is just supply and demand in action. That if Britain had a billion people, we'd ignore all the safety rules too. That a lot of the things we take as coming from our good nature or different culture have always had amoral pragmatic justification as well.
Like how public health became a big issue in 1900s Britain because about half the volunteers for the Boer war were turned away on medical grounds. Not out of charity and shock at the state of the poor, but out of fear for how we'd run an empire with hardly anyone fit to be a soldier. But Britain isn't that big of a country, China is. It's not such a big deal to reject 50% of soldiers if that still leaves you with 750,000,000+ candidates, so of course you'd leave the cuddly public health interventions until later...