Is Singapore ‘authoritarian’?

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)

 

 


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Cynical Investor blogs at Thoughts of a Cynical Investor

 

 

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13 Responses to “Is Singapore ‘authoritarian’?”

  • rukidding:

    Wow ?….Cynical going into “intellect” discussion on the term “authoritarian” ?

    Whats the purpose ?…whats the point ?

    The fact is people are already “fed up” !!!

    No point trying to “reason out” or “argue” on the terms “authoritarian”

    And YES,…Cyber warriors just want Pappy “OUT” !

    …as in ” F. O. ” !

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    “THINKING” Singaporeans you are DEFINITELY NOT…you are what is CALL an Idiot passing off as a PUNDIT with some education but lack of INTELLIGENCE to call others NAMES when you look into the mirror every morning and see an IDIOT facing you!!!

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  • rukidding:

    Lim Chin Siong, ( the original co-founder of PAP ) will “come back” to “straighten and tidy” the current “Messy” 4G Leedership soon !

    For those who do not know who Lim Chin Siong was,…please wikipedia to find out more !

    Like many more before or after him,…they were all “played out” in the end !

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  • rukidding:

    What????…”authoritarian” ???

    A better word to use could be …..Demoncratic Socialist !!

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  • RDB:

    HA HA! WOW WEE!

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  • Police HUM KA CHAN:

    Doesn’t it all sound way too familiar?

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  • Asdd:

    Cyclic investor.. you dont post la… 3/4 of the time dont know what you writing…

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  • LIONS:

    Sg is now a authoLEE-HOW-LIAN!

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  • Homeless Cat:

    rukidding:
    Wow ?….Cynical going into “intellect” discussion on the term “authoritarian” ?

    Whats the purpose ?…whats the point ?

    The fact is people are already “fed up” !!!

    No point trying to “reason out” or “argue” on the terms “authoritarian”

    And YES,…Cyber warriors just want Pappy “OUT” !

    …as in ” F. O. ” !

    Seconded. Though the icing on the cake would be to make them collect cardboard and work like hell in their twilight years. Taking away all their billions to repay the debt they made us pay for over the years will be the cherry atop the icing…

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  • HarderTruths:

    NO no no – the correct term is despotism.

    “Despotism (Greek: Δεσποτισμός, despotismós) is a form of government in which a single entity rules with absolute power. Normally, that entity is an individual, the despot, as in an autocracy, but societies which limit respect and power to specific groups have also been called despotic.

    Colloquially, the word despot applies pejoratively to those who abuse their power and authority to oppress their populace, subjects, or subordinates. More specifically, the term often applies to a head of state or government. In this sense, it is similar to the pejorative connotations that are associated with the terms tyrant and dictator”

    - Wiki

    There – I’ve fixed it for you.

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  • Zhenzidan:

    Asdd:
    Cyclic investor.. you dont post la… 3/4 of the time dont know what you writing…

    But the mod thinks that his idiotic articles got substance you know?

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  • Mr Xi:

    Singapore Is internationally regarded as a authoritarian state.
    But I don’t think it means a non-democracy nor a dictatorship.

    The reason is simple. English is not a precise instrument. It’s an art which means it can be fuzzy most of the time.

    It’s this nature that allows lawyers to play with words and earn lots of money.

    Eg. Instead of saying you HIDE info from some people, you can say you DID NOT HIDE IT BECAUSE YOU ONLY DID NOT LET THE PEOPLE KNOW out of family interest.
    Something like this.
    English to me is lile masturbation. You can masturbate in many ways and feel good about it. Masturbate can mean the literal sense of the word or it can mean metaphorical sense of the word.
    See, it’s slimy like sperm.

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  • Bapak:

    Zhenzidan: But the mod thinks that his idiotic articles got substance you know?

    Bapak:
    Where are the gems?

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