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Governmental Exceptionalism: Is There A Moral High Ground?

It’s true that 35% or 40% of the population will always fall for authoritarians, patriarchs and tribalism, but the majority of people reject authoritarianism and all the historical wretchedness that comes with it. Intimidation through intrusion is more typically how authoritarian governments control people. What I see in the past few weeks and some of the incidents has a tone of resignation or defeat that itself has real political consequences. [LINK]

By implying that the Covid 19 measures is an acceptable outcome, this is motivating people to fight to retain their rights at a time when we actually hover on the cusp of tyranny. The consequences of allowing irrational authoritarianism to replace representative government–violations committed against vulnerable population groups. It has been proven to be the only viable alternative to a society living in permanent (fear of) oppression, perpetrated by both a class of disagreeing ruling elites who control access to power and most of the weapons’ stock of that society, and by a lowest social class, who only have violence at their disposal as a means of survival (also called “criminals” …). [LINK]

True contempt should be reserved for stupidity, ignorance, self-righteousness and intolerance. I think many people endure similar struggles but never openly articulate them; instead, suffering in silence. The only thing we truly own is our integrity. But authoritarianism is nothing more than medieval, a quasi-religious state of affairs subject to capricious madness of the emperor-du-jour that dispels with the rule of law. Otherwise we end up with an unscrupulous minority who centralize power and money in the way we see to day, the majority prefer to sleep, and they only awaken when some extreme event or series of events is so cacophonous that only the truly deaf – or the dead – would remain in their slumbers.

I agree that it is important to understand the ‘higher educated’ are not ‘elite’ anymore, they are average. We cannot pretend that we can go back to 1970. Now, I am taught to differentiate between patriotism and nationalism. You can be deeply patriotic, love your country AND find many faults and problems. Or, you can pretend we have done everything right, pound your chest, put a finger in the air and shout “Stand Up For Singapore”. I’d rather face up to reality and try to make this country that I love a better place.

“The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.” – Plato

Or we could get through the day by laughing at Plato, openly and often, while fondly hoping that the people who put them in office will suffer the consequences of their lack of discernment, and get it in the teeth, soon, and with gusto.

 

Sjorne Shen

 

 

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20 Responses to “Governmental Exceptionalism: Is There A Moral High Ground?”

  • zoro:

    Quote: What I see in the past few weeks and some of the incidents has a tone of resignation or defeat that itself has real political consequences. Unquote.

    Too humble.
    Ability to enter without warrant, make the whole legal system a mockery. The legal system is really just a piece of paper if the highest office decided it should be. This is just the beginning, beginning of a civil end.

    What is the difference when the authority enters our home liberally whether you kept drugs, weapons or broke lockdown rules?

    Most people always think that it’s other’s problem, until become a victim.

    “… a mandatory curfew will be put into effect for your protection…”
    “… our troops are here to liberate you…”
    “… your cooperation is needed for your safety…”
    “… cctv are at every corner to, protect you…”

    Really? In any case, it will not affect me. So be it.

    You will never know what you had missed since you never had from the start.

    Once the law is broken, it will be broken.
    Just like in China. Law are used, when convenient.

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  • Soccerbetting2l:

    Reported on TOC :Quote-”Elderly woman dies 8 hours after first COVID-19 vaccine jab; family is looking for answers
    The family is waiting on the coroners report to shed light on what happened and are questioning the adequacy of screening at vaccine centres
    by kathleen 03/08/2021Reading Time: 2 mins read
    China pledges 300,000 vaccine doses for UN peacekeepers
    As COVID-19 vaccinations continue to roll out across Singapore, one woman is searching hard for a straight answer from authorities about her mother’s death just roughly eight hours after the 64-year-old received her first Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty jab.

    On Saturday (31 July), Charlene Yong took to Facebook to detail how six days earlier at 10.05am, her mother had received her first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty. Tragically, about eight hours after the jab, Ms Yong’s mother collapsed at home while cleaning the floor.

    This is reminiscent of a similar incident earlier in June shared by Andrew Tan, co-founder and CEO of Singapore’s first home-grown diaper brand Pee-Ka-Poo, who claimed that his mother passed away “suddenly” just 29 hours after taking her first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

    In her post, Ms Yong noted that her mother had led an “active lifestyle and is mostly healthy except for controlled hypertension and mild diabetes”…

    “What could have happened during the course of the vaccination that robber her of her life?” she asked.

    “Or was it just pure coincidence that she has to return to Jesus on the day where she received her first dose of vaccination?”

    Stating that she “used to be” an advocate for the COVID-19 vaccination and that she was “largely convinced” by the authorities’ claim over its safety, Ms Yong explained that she used to speak positively about the benefits of vaccination and had even “debunked” speculations about it being unsafe.

    Looking for closure, she went on to say: “And hopefully with the coroner’s report, we can better understand the true cause of death than just ‘hypertensive and coronary artery disease’.”

    Besides that, Ms Yong also touched on the difficulty of getting hold of the coroner’s report in the first place.

    “Why is it that we have to plough so hard with the authorities to have the coroner report to be released to us?” she questioned.

    Ms Yong explained that if her mother’s death was really related to the COVID-19 vaccination, the family would like to help increase awareness to the public on the “cross interactions of the vaccinations with [her] mother’s medication for hypertension”…

    Finally, if her mother’s death really was linked to the vaccine, Ms Yong questioned the adequacy of screening done at vaccination centres for elderly folks with medical conditions similar to her late mother before approving them for vaccination.”Unquote.

    Response : Again,after vaccination,died 8 hours later ! The report will obviously be twisted as no relation to vaccination ,no doubt ! Pui!

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  • PAP: 0 Covid-19: 100:

    Straits Times: 8 new Covid-19 clusters, including Changi General Hospital; total of 100 active clusters

    Covid-19 is still winning. It is a “massacre”. The number of unlinked cases is still in double digits which means the number of clusters will most likely continue to go up.

    Isn’t time for the Multi-agency Task Force to admit defeat and apologise? Then its 3 members – Lawrence Wong, Gan Kim Yong and Ong Ye Kung can commit hara-kiri. They should also donate their organs and not waste 3 pairs of eyes, kidneys, lungs and 3 livers.

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  • PAP failed Singaporeans:

    Straits times: Police raid 154 establishments, including unlicensed KTV-style outlets, in a week

    This should have been done early last year at the start of the pandemic. But as usual PAP is “reactive” instead of “proactive”. Taxpayers’ money is wasted paying PAP Ministers and Ministers of State millions each year.

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  • Grace Ho talking cock:

    Straits times: S’pore police force with strong public trust takes stock as it marks bicentennial – Grace Ho, Senior Political Correspondent

    How does Grace know there is strong public trust for the Singapore police force. Did she have any good data to back up her claim? There is a big difference between “trust” and “fear”.

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    The price to pay for an Illusion created by a bastard who sluaghteted a million+++unborn in the name of elitism…is Stupid Indifference to Reality until it strike a HOME run n wake to the Real World

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  • "Fake news" from ST. Again:

    Straits Times: Elderly and immunocompromised will be first in line for Covid-19 booster shots in S’pore if needed

    “First in line” for elderly and immunocompromised is bullshit. PAP office holders are always the “first in line”. They always look after themselves first.

    Tech: There you go, as expected, booster shots for life! Now those vaccinated with mRNA vaccines would have to play Russian Roulette (SAE) 2 or 3 times a year, notwithstanding medical charges which may be implemented in the future.

    I read somewhere that these mRNA vaccines actually weaken one’s body’s own natural immune system so much so that some other infections would probably cause serious injuries or death, other than the C19. Scarry right?

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  • Myth:

    Like Chan of education, he wakes up every minting feeling average……….so

    Tell us who is exceptional?

    Is exceptionalism a self-created myth………….like what oldcock did by creating

    A school in NUS……………and get so-called exceptionally planted officials to come out and talk about

    MINIMUM WAGE! C’mon man!

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  • @PAP: 0 Covid-19: 100

    Disregard the massaged stats by MOH and taking the stats for other countries as benchmark, Sinkies are staring at an eventual massive outbreak directly. Mark my words, the clusters will only grow.

    50, 100 or 1000 clusters for Sinkieland no longer matters because the little red dot is too small to make a difference with no where to hide. If just 9 infected cleaners can cause infections in multiple cities in several provinces in China, what do you think 100 infected can do in tiny Sinkieland, 1/13000 the size of China?

    Better to just ignore the massaged stats by MOH and practise safe distancing, stay clear of crowded places and mask on all the times whenever you leave home.

    Do not depend on vaccines to protect you, because it has been proven to be ineffective against transmission and infection.

    The MOH can continue to massaged the stats all they want and dilly dally on the pandemic’s measures, eventually it would blow up in those idiot’s faces, which was what happened in some counties during the initial pandemic in China.

    Although the city I am based in has gone ZERO for a year now, it has implemented safe distancing measures, mask on and health code for all residents, in view of the recent NanJing outbreak.

    Remember that you have only yourself to blame if you do not take care of yourself. Its your health and your life, to those idiots you are a mere stat if anything happens to you.

    There is a saying among uncles and aunties at coffee shops that goes: If you believe the PAPies, you die faster!

    @Soccerbetting2l:

    No need to wait for some BS of an autopsy report. There is only one standard template that’s pre-signed at MOH, it says: Death not related to or caused by the vaccine.

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  • PAP still in denial:

    TRE Techie:
    @PAP: 0 Covid-19: 100

    Disregard the massaged stats by MOH and taking the stats for other countries as benchmark, Sinkies are staring at an eventual massive outbreak directly. Mark my words, the clusters will only grow.

    50, 100 or 1000 clusters for Sinkieland no longer matters because the little red dot is too small to make a difference with no where to hide. If just 9 infected cleaners can cause infections in multiple cities in several provinces in China, what do you think 100 infected can do in tiny Sinkieland, 1/13000 the size of China?

    Better to just ignore the massaged stats by MOH and practice safe distancing, stay clear of crowded places and mask on all the times whenever you leave home.

    Do not depend on vaccines to protect you, because it has been proven to be ineffective against transmission and infection.

    It is clear COVID-19 is no longer a pandemic but endemic but PAP does not want to admit it and lose face. The Multi-agency Task Force is no longer doing regular press briefings. Its “4-ring fix” has clearly failed and what is left is a “3-ring circus” (a disorganized or frenetic scene or spectacle).

    The NDP postponed to August 21 should be cancelled. But doing it also means more loss of face. What will PM say in his National Day Rally speech postponed to August 29? Will PAP admit defeat, accept responsibility and apologise? Who in PAP will be accept responsibility, resign and COMMIT HARA-KIRI?

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  • @PAP still in denial

    Ah… yes, the 3 court jesters. lol

    I am sure the NDP will proceed as planned, remember that what the LEEders want, the LEEders get, the rest all secondary.

    But then it may be a good thing. The NDP (dare say very likely) would cause a massive huge outbreak, the scale of which the 3 court jesters cannot contain.

    Then and maybe only then the dafts would wake up.

    Those at MOH that are complicit in massaging the daily stats thinking that the C19 won’t bite them will be in for a huge and maybe deadly surprise. Not forgetting those in the NDP Exco too.

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  • left behind:

    The Chinese story,Romance of the Three Kingdoms, tell us that great man like Zhuge Liang is hard to invite to politics. To invite Zhuge Liang, Liu Bei visited Zhuge Liang hut three times which is a difficult act involving face. Yet LHL claim himself to be Zhuge Liang and anyone who want to join politics have to join the grassroot. It is impossible that any Zhuge Liang who is proud join PAP. This mark the end of PAP. Nobody who is clever want to join PAP because the leader himself claim he is clever. If he is clever and not humble, what is the need of clever people to assist him. We can see scholar are in PAP and their capability is low. These scholar are not clever and they are making many mistakes. These mistakes will bring Singapore down one day. If you listen to what LHL said in speech and what he do during his PM term, you know he is not Zhuge Liang. Singapore has no Zhuge Liang and talents to save Singapore in politics.

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  • Che:

    Covid vs evil in Olympic 2020

    Gold will certainly goes to covid.

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  • Che:

    Covid already carry ez.link using MRT and

    Buses…unlinking commuters!

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  • AristoCATs - W o w !:

    Wow – just Wow !
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    There is no justification for what transpired !

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  • ah chik:

    Plato was right and still right.
    Evil people are mostly self-centred and greedy.
    They cannot stand goodness like sincere constructive criticisms.
    They crave for praises and adulation.

    How on earth could anyone responsible for the safety of a nation suka suka insists on treating an ongoing and larstill EVOLVING PANDEMIC as ENDEMIC when 99 pct of the world is still battling COVID and its morecinfectious VARIANT?

    DELTA mutant must be rejoicing at such folly?

    Scholars here are really dumb.

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  • Opportuni$tic Emperor Dowager:

    “Opportunistic relationships can hardly be kept faithful. However, the acquaintance of Honorable People, even at a distance, though it does not increase the flower$ in times of warmth yet it does not shed its leaves in times of cold: it persists unfading through the four seasons, while becoming increasingly stable as it passes through ease and danger.”

    - Zhuge Liang

    His desire$ for the longest runway and his be$t team will do us all no good – neither in the short term nor in the long run…..

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  • sad and dangerous situation:

    The 100 clusters is a reminder that the Delta variant is winning the war.
    Better be safe than sorry..Take extra precaution.

    MRT and buses could be the Virus speeding place..no safe distancing.

    Suggest install Virus Killer in our Buses and MRT cabin like those in UK.

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  • People just care making:

    I spoke to many about issues with dictatorial bullying.
    Cornered, singkees say, who cares are these politics, i just care about making money!

    Democracy cannot work because the majority has to be wise and by virtue of darwinism, the wise are Always a minority.

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  • To care or not to care ?:

    Democracy does not work for people only when the majority are wise. You wouldn’t have a single workable democratic country if that were to be the case.

    And if the people do not realise that their financial interests and activities must be regulated by fair and just laws and enforcement then they are uneducated and narrow minded, then it’s not the fault of “democratic institutions”; it’s the weakness of their educational systems!

    Every community of people – high and low inclusive – have to find a mechanism whereby their welfare and common aspirations are being represented in the ranks of their government as best as possible.

    Darwinism is a biological theory of the survival of the fittest in the natural world. But human beings exist also in the realm of morals and ethical virtue…. We are part animal, but certainly marked by characteristics that are above the animalistic instincts. And among us all are the rare saints and sages of creation…. Men above self-interest and greedy for profit… Democratic institutions are meant primarily for us more ordinary human beings – whether or not some of us just don’t care at all…..

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