03 Aug '15, 6pm

Why Singapore is special

Singapore is dominated by the Peoples Action Party (PAP) and does not have an electoral democracy as we think of it in the West and its citizens have limited basic rights (speech and assembly are highly regulated). Singapore’s success is attributable to Lee Kuan Yew (the “wise man of the east”), who led the country from its independence from Great Britain in 1959 until his death earlier this year (he was de facto leader until his death even though he officially left government in 2011). He was the quintessential benevolent leader in the image of the early Greek philosophers. For those suspicious of liberal democracy, Singapore is a natural attraction. Some have even suggested that it is a natural laboratory for Straussians. There is a respect for order and discipline in Singapore that won’t be found in the West. Western obsession with individual liberty would clash with th...

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