Capitalist para-democracy with Chinese characteristics? Non-socialist social corporatism? Illiberal-democratic liberalism? The characteristics that make Singapore improbable are themselves an improbable combination of characteristics.
Two things are true: Trump’s defenders are disingenuous when they talk about criminality when arguing against impeachment. And our society’s sense of what is properly criminal has been severely degraded in recent times.
Published: Nov 08, 2019
(Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)
Singapore does not contain the same multitudes as does Walt Whitman’s America; it contains multitudes of its own, and they are remarkably capacious for such a small place whose modern history does not antedate America.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s Commission on Unalienable Rights isn’t about rolling back abortion and same-sex marriage, as some critics contend. It’s about resisting the modern trend of conflating civil rights with human rights in the service of parochial political claims.
Published: Sep 09, 2019
Victor Gillam, “The Immigrant” (1903) via Wikimedia Commons