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June 20, 2005


jj mollo

Singapore could be considered a counter-example. The government is honest, fair, effective and authoritarian. Power was concentrated for many years in the hands of one person and appears to have been passed on to his eldest son.

Frank Warner

Of course, Singapore is one of those small city-states that enjoys the protection of a democracy, that is, Britain.

Its local rulers know they have to behave within some boundaries in order to keep a thriving economy, which is tied to democratic systems.

It also is tiny enough to watch for corruption and hold accountable.

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