According to DickHeadley who looks as if he is about to disappear into the Gulf of Mexico on a lone-yatchsman thingie, E@L has

"a carefully cultivated aura of ironic self-detachment."

Fancy words: I looked them up. They mean 'standard Aussie smart-arse.'

Of course, it does make one feel all warm and fuzzy to be mentioned in a post along with Henry Miller, Harold Pinter, J.D Salinger, Joyce (?Grenfell), Syd Barrett, Phil Spector, John Peel, Michel Houellebeqc, Amis (senior), Amis (junior), Charles Bukowski, Pamela Anderson and Barry Manilow.

I've got some cream for the fuzziness. The warmth only makes it worse...

How's that as an example of IS-D?

[And there's nothing careful about my cultivation!]


According to Xenoboy E@L is one of the

"more enlightened expatriates".

Fancy words: I looked them up. They mean 'silly ang moh who thinks he can get away with criticism of the Singaporean government using infantile sarcasm as a shield.'

My reaction to his (typically) excellent post (not counting the link to me) is one of total agreement, as I mention in my comment.

The West, weaned on Milton (The Monster) Friedman and feed a diet of unreasoned right-wing Globalisation-friendly crap in the media ever since, consider

Democracy = Capitalism = Free Markets= Free Speech.

The terms have become totally synonymous in The West. If you're from the USA, you can throw in "= The American Way" as well. The shock is that Singapore is a country where

Capitalism = Free Markets ≠ Anything LIKE Democracy or Free Speech.

This is too great a logical discrepancy for many foreign observers to comprehend. It is as classic an example of cognitive dissonance as you'll get.

"But Singapore looks so nice, and has such clean streets, surely it must be a Democracy and everyone must be happy to live here?"

Why would people as smart as the élites intellectuals people who run the World Bank fall for this as well?

"[O]ur élite is primarily and increasingly managerial. A managerial élite manages. A crisis, unfortunately, requires thought. Thought is not a management function." -- John Ralston Saul: The Unconsious Civilisation

And because for them, Friedman is God's Economic Advisor. According to Friedman, democracy will blossom when markets are allowed to run free...

Hopefully I'm not the only one who disagrees, who sees Singapore as concrete evidence to the contrary.

Third last quote:

"Saul directly challenges the notion that capitalism makes democracy — and, hence, individualism — possible by critiquing the four pillars of the corporatist ideology: the marketplace, technology, globalization, and the money markets — all of which are based in economic theory. Our unconsciousness arises, Saul argues, from the fact that we consider these unshakable realities rather than ideas or practices which may be subject to debate. In its evolution as a "science," economic theory has come to be considered economic law." -- John McCrory book review of The Unconcious Civilisation

Second last quote:

"Fascism should more appropriately be called corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power." -- Benito Mussolini, Italian Duce

Final quote:

"Capitalism was reasonably content under Hitler, happy under Mussolini, very happy under Franco and delirious under General Pinochet." -- John Ralston Saul: The Doubter's Companion

And under the LKY dynasty? 4 million smiles.



Posted by: expat@large on Sep 11, 06 | 3:22 pm | Profile


Some great points. Personally, I think George Bush wishes he had the freedom to crush (e.g. sue the pants off;lock up in Changi prison;) his political opposition. Thankfully there are still those who will call him on it. However it give it time. Just like in Sing, the captives will forge their own chains. For the national good of course........

Don't you ever worry about the thought police coming and shutting you down?

Posted by: Skippy-san on Sep 11, 06 | 10:06 pm

wishes he had the freedom to be like Lee Kwan Yue

Posted by: Skippy-san on Sep 11, 06 | 10:09 pm


But I am just quoting a Canadian, hubby of their former Governor General, what harm can come of that? OK I quote Mussolini too...

Bush with LKY's powers??? There's an America not many people would want to live in.

You know, I NEVER wanted to live in America. But you probably did know that.

Then again I never wanted to live in Asia either. My dream job was one that went in Siemens about 6 years ago: European clinical representative, based in Milan. Drool...

Posted by: expat@large on Sep 11, 06 | 10:53 pm

Bush's rather transparent desire for power and the apparent willlingness of some to grant him anything he wants terrifies me more than Saddam orthe whole world of radical Islamists and Arabs. To me thye are bothersome annoyuances who will ulimately fail in their radical desires because the basis is flawed. The neo-con agenda is, I fear, the complete restructureing of American society to reflect their flawed ideological view of the world based upon radical right wing religious ideology. The would destroy us to "save" us.

The quote from Karen Horney( I think) describes thr political climate in the US today: "By nature man yearns for freedom; by nature man craves chains."

BTW thanx for mentoring me also.

Posted by: Foggy on Sep 13, 06 | 7:44 am


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