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Is S’pore “authoritarian”?

In Political governance on 09/02/2019 at 11:27 am

I’ve often described S’pore as an as authoritarian state: example in Keeping power in a one-party state.

But what does “authoritarian” mean?

The answer is: the absence of democracy. Democracy, in turn, means a system in which free and fair elections determine who holds power. Thus the state must allow free expression of opinion, a free media, impartial execution of election law, a universal adult franchise and the right of political competitors to obtain the resources they need. Today, elections confer legitimacy. For this reason, many authoritarians offer “pseudo-democracy”, but not the reality. Elections in such countries are a form of theatre. Everybody knows the leader will not let himself be defeated. Such a regime is not just a bit different from a democracy: it is an entirely different animal.

Martin Wolf of the FT

For thinking S’poreans (not cybernuts who have since the dawn of the internet age — circa 1998 —  been shouting that PAP rule will end at the next GE):

S’pore: An illiberal democracy?

Repression? What repression?/ Alt media cannot be trusted

Repression? What repression? (Cont’d)

  1. As in almost all things in life, it’s not binary, yes or no, but various shades of grey. For the longest time S’pore had been described as “flawed democracy”. There’s also minute, minor, moderate, massive, or humongously flawed …. all very grey.

    PAPies hegemony won’t be seriously threatened until 2030.

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