Singapore the Improbable VII
Stereotypes In Stereo

Business, money, food, and anxiety: all areas where there is similarity, if not identity, between diasporic Jews and Chinese.

Overdetermined
COVID-19 and the Regime-Type Fallacy

If competence varies widely within the same type of regime, then regime type alone cannot possibly be determinative of outcomes.

Power Concentrations
The Net Effect

Thanks to innovations in information technology, we are facing unprecedented concentrations of power—which are making society not only less transparent, but more brittle as well.

In Lieu of Opening Day
The Poetry of Baseball

An appreciation of the national pastime—and the 2019 Washington Nationals.

Singapore The Improbable Part VI
The Sino-Semitic Connection

Comparing diasporic Jewish and overseas Chinese history sheds light on Singapore’s diplomatic situation.

Coronavirus in Perspective
Here Comes Trouble

To see trouble coming from a greater distance, you need to step back and get perspective from history.

Singapore the Improbable Part V
Challenges and Pitfalls of the Technocratic Art

Having succeeded beyond its expectations, Singapore doesn’t seem to know what to do next—except to keep on driving ahead, pedal to the metal.

Impeachment's Aftermath
Sifting Through the Wreckage

While there is blame to go around, Trump and his Congressional enablers are overwhelmingly responsible for weakening the foundations of the republic. And the effects of America’s democratic decay are already being felt beyond its own borders.

Singapore the Improbable Part IV
Overdoing It, with Chinese Characteristics

Singapore’s elite-driven, technocratic, and thoroughly paternalistic democracy has complex roots. Understanding the challenges it faces can help us better understand how the best-meaning leaders can run into trouble.

Christopher Short
Asking the Right Questions
5G and the Fallacies of Techno-Optimism

The new wireless technology is indeed a big deal for economics and geopolitics—but the social consequences may be the most momentous.

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