Singapore and Freedom (was: violence...)

Dan Fabulich (
Thu, 23 Sep 1999 16:16:08 -0400 (EDT)

'What is your name?' 'J. R. Molloy.' 'IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT YOUR NAME IS!!!':

> >While on the
> >economic side of things they are fairly relaxed and open
> >I think things are much more regulated in terms of personal
> >freedoms (driving a car, littering, drugs, pornography, etc.).
> Right, they have freedom where it really counts: economics.

Uhm. Say what you will about Singapore and freedom generally, but the Singaporean government controls large portions of its local economic sector through, surprise, monopolies by fiat. Think like the Post Office only more so. Singaporeans can trade freely outside of Singapore, but actually doing business on the island puts one under extreme restrictions.

Ask a Singaporean what they think about this, and they'll tell you that it's not so bad to have the government running important sectors of their economy, because for some reason (national character?) these government monopolies are regarded as highly efficient at what they do.


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