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Make America Singapore (nytimes.com)
17 points by dr_ 218 days ago | hide | past | web | 5 comments | favorite

I'm fearing more and more that philosophers Sloterdijk and Zizek were right in predicting the ideas of Lee Kuan Yew, the founding father of Singapore, will shape the next century.

>"Could we in fact be seeing the conditions for the further radicalization of capitalism? German philosopher Peter Sloterdijk once told me that, if there is a person alive to whom they will build monuments 100 years from now, it is Lee Kuan Yew, the Singaporean leader who did more than anyone else to promote and implement the marriage of capitalism and authoritarianism -- an arrangement he euphemistically referred to as "Asian values." The virus of this authoritarian capitalism is slowly but surely spreading around the globe, nowhere more so than China."

Well, Singapore is a bit different than the US:

It is very small, literally a city state, making any sort of administrative effort far easier.

It is ruled very severely because Lee Kuan Yew felt multiculturalism and personal freedom were at odds.

They have an average IQ almost a standard deviation higher than the US.

It seems silly to think that we could replicate what they have in any meaningful way. Something like a slightly worse British or Canadian system is probably the best we could hope for.

>They have an average IQ almost a standard deviation higher than the US.

Wow. Is this because people get forced out that don't perform well? Or what is the reason for this?

The American health care system is a cash cow with absurd barriers to entry, the last thing they want are free markets, transparency, or competition.

Free market and competition in health care, really?

Delivering the same level of care and services for everyone is at odds with the notion of a free market. How exactly are providers to compete, over the long-term, when everyone demands the same level of care at the same cost or better?

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