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PAP S’pore is truly unique

In Uncategorized on 17/03/2018 at 10:39 am

An Economist blogger talks about the difference between “open” and “closed”society and the difficulties entailed in such distinctions. A “problem is that different forms of openness do not automatically go together”:

An international example of the way that open and closed can go together in complicated ways is provided by Singapore. The island state is one of the most open economies in the world when it comes to commerce: the regional headquarters of global companies overlook one of the busiest harbours in the world. But it is much more qualified when it comes to other parts of the “cosmopolitan” formula. A highly meritocratic elite plans the economy by deliberately moving it up the value chain. Democracy is “managed”. The state clamps down on poor habits such as littering.

https://www.economist.com/blogs/bagehot/2018/03/globalisation

  1. certainly, sg can be improved, and so does every country in the world.

  2. open/closed is just one party rule with capitalism, which received the approval of Deng Xiaoping, when he visited in 1978 and found the model suited to china; he order it adopted in china and renamed it socialism with chinese characteristics

  3. Economist found it surprising because it is marxist: marx says politics and economics go together, so capitalism goes with liberalism; optimistically expressed it another way: as china becomes more prosperous, people would demand more democracy and equality; but history says otherwise

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