August 31, 2011

THE END WON'T SKIP ASIA ANY MORE THAN THE MIDDLE EAST:

Singapore Rising (Hal G.P. Colebatch, 8.31.11, American Spectator)

Unnoticed by the rest of the world, something significant happened in Singapore on Saturday: former Deputy Prime Minister Tony Tan has, not surprisingly, won victory in a field of five candidates to become the country's seventh president. But it was a narrow victory, with Mr. Tan getting about 35 percent of the 2.1 million votes cast.

This somewhat untidy result, in contrast to the 99.8 percent victories typically recorded by third-world dictatorships, is further evidence of the fact that, if still in many ways harshly authoritarian, Singapore has quietly moved a long way toward genuine democracy. It is, by Asian standards, an open society.

In a world apparently dominated by gloom and disaster and apparently run by people enthralled to irrational ideas, it is refreshing to see Singapore gradually moving from one-party authoritarianism to a genuine multi-party state, and continuing to give its people a good standard of living while doing so.


It does have the advantage of an Anglospheric heritage.
China's historic tragedy will ultimately be seen to be that the Brits never colonized it completely.


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