HuffPo NRx?

After this (linked in the last Chaos Patch), comes another pointed lesson from the same Tech-Comm island bastion, with a title that doesn’t even try to distance itself from hardcore Dark Enlightenment through use of a strategic question mark: “Singapore Challenges the Idea That Democracy Is the Best Form of Governance.”

It’s written by a Westerner this time, Graham Allison, who — to complete the extremity of infiltration — is “Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School” (XS emphasis). So he can say anything he wants, and he says this.

For a provocative analogy, think of countries as if they were hotels and citizens as guests. … Rarely do guests offer views about the ownership of the hotel or how it is governed. [That last sentence is about as close to pure Moldbug as you can get without actually quoting the guy monster.] … “Liberty” … includes both “freedom from” and “freedom to.” … Singapore stands at the top of the international competition on “freedoms from:” It ranks first internationally in the World Bank’s measure of “regulatory quality” and second on The Heritage Foundation’s scale of economic freedom [First, of course, is Hong Kong], while the U.S. comes in 13th. Gallup’s 2014 World Poll found that eight in 10 Americans see “widespread corruption” in the U.S. government, compared with seven in the Philippines, six in Zimbabwe and one in Singapore. On the World Bank’s “rule of law” index, Singapore scores in the 95th percentile of nations, the U.S. scores in the 91st, the Philippines in the 42nd and Zimbabwe in the 2nd. With a population of almost six million, Singapore’s incidents of robbery were only a seventh of Boston’s, which has a population of only 650,000. … When we turn to “freedom to” metrics, however, one-party Singapore scores well below the U.S. on three of our core freedoms: “freedom of expression and belief,” “associational and organizational rights” and “political pluralism and participation.” … When one asks “hotel customers” for feedback, the results are even more troubling for Americans. As the table below shows, four out of five Singaporeans are satisfied customers. They have confidence in their elections, their judicial system, their local police and their national leadership. In contrast, only one in three Americans has confidence in our national government and the country’s leadership; fewer than half regard elections as honest; and three-quarters of the population sees widespread corruption in government.

Look at SingGov as a business corporation (“hotel”) and it’s delivering an efficient, attractive service. WashCorp, not so much.

Next up from HuffPo — Is decomposition of the United States into Patchwork micro-states an idea who’s time has come? (Unlike Allison’s editors, I’ve thrown in the question mark there out of fidelity to liberal traditions.)

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  • tg moderator Says:

    That link is the most encouraging thing I have seen in a while. Re: the patchwork–which patch gets stuck with Detroit?

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    michael Reply:

    ill take it for a dollar

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  • michael Says:

    Yeah I would think secession to the extent we maintained a common military and currency etc but that the states were almost entirely autonomous without taxes being run through the fed might be sell able to Americans right and left, if the left thought somehow it was their idea and they were getting the best bits. I think its the fear of the unknown that is the biggest objection the loose confederation of united states is a familiar,But the marxist mandarins would probably realize what would happen and stop it as racist

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    michael Reply:

    off topic but reading about that giving pledge i notice its only westerners giving away their billion of course they probably would have anyway but i wonder what effet that has on economic power retention world wide

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  • chris b Says:

    This is all wonderfully confused. You laud liberty in the form of the frontier for example, or monarchy, yet Singapore is very much not in that category. The centralisation and imposition through education and governmental programs squish liberty. As such, companies have no real liberty, familes are undermined via gov policies and education and any other sub-central power centre is undermined. The frontier had minimal governance, and monarchy had minimal reach and was kept at bay by the aristocracy. This is something MM points at with repitition when refering to Wu Wei and the eastern tradition. Singapore is not in the eastern tradition. Singapore is progressive and destroying its human capitol.

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    admin Reply:

    Unless you think Exit is being impeded, no question about liberty is of the slightest importance, since there’s no objective metric to judge it by beyond selection (revealed preferences). Exit pressure in Singapore is huge, which is why the place works so hard to sell itself to its residents, and manifestly succeeds. It’s bizarre to me that you’d find this tiny little island, which is so attached to economic liberty that it reliably nips at Hong Kong’s ankles for top slot in the Heritage ratings, to be a plausible target for feverish criticism on grounds of encroachment upon liberty. It’s more the kind of thing I’d expect from public graffiti artists. Aren’t there quite clearly something over 200 states significantly further up the disparagement list?

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    Chris B Reply:

    The other states are not being swooned over as exemplary icons of neo-reaction currents. How you cannot consider a state which has strict ethnic integration policies (https://www.academia.edu/9210843/Migration_and_the_Politics_of_Multiculturalism_in_Singapore ), military conscription and universal education as anything other than a liberty destroying lunatic asylum is beyond me. Singapore is actively involved in mass social engineering to create a new nation. Just because some bullshit rating agency and Havard say A, B and C counts for less then zero in my books.

    I’m not impressed with Singapore, and I’m not going at it from a brainless Natsoc/identitarian position or a left wing position – I’m holding it up to supposed neoreactionary measures, and it comes of about as badly as possible.

    (also, from the link above – LKY – “no one is higher than the other. Every one is equal” (cited in Rodringuez, 2003:131). This notion of egalitarianism was constitutionalized in Article 12(2): “there shall be no discrimination against citizens of Singapore on the ground only of religion, race, descent or place of birth”.) Pretty damning.

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    Lucian of Samosata Reply:

    A lot of LKY’s comments in that book of interviews he did emphasise egalitarianism, and also the empowerment of minorities. However, I’m holding out hope that he said these things for mostly PR instrumental reasons and was secretly a Han supremacist interest more in keeping the Javanese borg at bay than anything else. Maybe they’ll publish his secret diary one day and we’ll know for sure.

    Dark Psy-Ops Reply:

    LKY is also on the books as stressing the unequal nature of the human species, so he has demonstrated the ability to express contradictory views. As for universal education and women in the workforce, are these such black and white issues to be condemned? How else will you produce a respectful, literate service class? I can see the drawbacks, but its not clear by any stretch that a modern state can survive in the global market without a (universally) educated workforce. The fertility problem is not so big once you take into consideration that the highest achieving population of Singapore are Han Chinese, of which there are many millions more in China. The way of the patchwork (for mine) is to have ethno-centric human farm nations with the best possible eugenic policies (i.e no welfare) which in turn breed a top-layer of elites who can then be selected for by the discriminating cream-skimmer of capital. Yes the machine shreds the top-layer that manages to work its way into the tech-comm neo-cam frontier but if you look at the statistics it’s more copious and efficient to breed and select high-IQ elites from a very large sub-population of non-elites than it is to rely on the elites to replace themselves. What else are huge prole populations for but to be worked to death and birth freak outliers? Also there is the question of broad-reach economic actors of the modern, automatizing “datome” making it possible for small, efficient groups (eg. of programmers) to control a majority percentage of market-state value production. We could be witnessing a fertility transition toward less numerous populations that mirrors the post-industrial fertility transition (with an expected increase in average standard of living). Being customer-friendly is a necessity for any business and, right now at least, being customer-friendly unfortunately requires mimicry, at least at face-value, of the lunatic asylum of the west. It’s neoreactions job to change the landscape of the political imagination so that state and non-state corporations no longer feel obliged (wittingly or unwittingly) to legitimate their rule with progressive terminology.

    As for women in the workforce, that’s a hard one, because the change has already taken place, but I think the major task is to end affirmative action. Singapore is not coercively planting female party-agents on every board of directors like Merkel wants in Germany, but yes, that is the very least one can ask for…

    michael Reply:

    i think the authors freedom from/ freedom to differentiation makes the trade off clear, like the liberty equality trade its a fact of life,exit as admin and the author points out is really the bottom line and while exit is sometimes a unrealistic and only theoretical in that country its fairly painless,the country as afforded them the skills desired and language and geography are not onerous.Its I think from what Ive heard run like a corporation certain expectations in return for certain workplace environment. allows authority ability to do whats needed. I think a lot of us northern Europeans maybe just americans chafe at even this and maybe think if not for the blacks but i think we would find the countries full up even if only whites remained and friction higher so government more intrusive or life more violent. the question is is democracy any better in practice. the feeling is as a white man im more comfortable thinking if i really wanted to i could vote more freedom and i hope that in an all white nation the level of civility and aspiration to freedom etc would allow a greater amount of real and perceived freedom if only the leftism and bureaucracy ratchet could be solved.Its also hard for us to conceive why a “king” would not be a leftist, an incompetent, a tyrant,a puppet,etc and then you are left with the difficulty of overthrow all over again without the mechanism of democracy that seems to have a method yet it doesnt.ultimately whites may not be evolved any longer for kings maybe we never were they emerge but are unstable in white history. Im only using white not wn per se

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    Chris B Reply:

    Leftism as a term hides everything. Most labels we use do. Central power that is insecure and incentivized badly in the same way euro monarchs and democracy are/were use equality as a weapon against sub central powers. LKY did, and the Singapore gov do. Accepting the place as anything other than hardcore progressive is being taken in by progressive sectarianism in same way as the russian-anglo commie split.

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    Hurlock Reply:

    Calm down, you keep reciting slogans without actually paying attention to what LKY did.

    Singapore is not hardcore progressive in a modern context. If you call everything “hardcore progressive” how will you differentiate the actual hardcore progressives?

    You can’t have perfect decentralization – it is impossible. That was one of the main points of Jouvenel’s (oh, stop misspelling his name, it really annoys me) book. I am sure he would be the first to tell you that preserving some perfect utopian level of decentralization is not possible, not even practical. Jouvenel presents a cyclical theory of history, and the point of all such theories is that history is not static, cannot be static, it always is dynamic. The question is how to balance centralization/decentralization in an optimal fashion according to the specific situation.

    Also, you are not considering the importance of scale and context here. Singapore is a city state. Centralization in a city-state is not the same as a centralization in the French Empire. Massive difference. You keep reciting the same slogan you ripped off from Jouvenel (I am beginning to regret ever pointing you to that book), without even considering the specific state you are throwing it at.

    When we take a look at Singapore in 1960 and then in 2010 it is very difficult to take your blank slogans that LKY somehow botched the job seriously. He obviously did some things right, maybe not all of them, but definitely some. You can at least give him that, or if you are not going to, you need to do better than arguing in this incredibly asinine fashion.

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    Chris B Reply:

    @dark psy ops that beats anything Huxley could come up with hands down. I mean, he at least figured we would be drugged with soma. As far as I can tell you want to accept female emancipation because its done. You also want people pooled from farm population to neuter themselves for a growth figure (gdp) released by a bunch of lunatics we call economists. There’s a Douglas Adams style dystopia novel in there.

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    Dark Psy-Ops Reply:

    The question here is whether Social Darwinism applies beyond the genome, you may have seen Scott Alexander and Outsideness very brief twitter exchange on the topic. Neoreaction is against universal suffrage, not just women’s suffrage. I defer to voluntary contracts and cultural traditions to discover the roles of women, and ‘let the market sort it out’. Your scoffing at gdp is pointless of course, seeing as the measure has its value, although Its quickly taken too far down the path of macro-economic white-wash.

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    chris b Reply:

    @dark psy-ops – gdp like pretty much all statistics is derivative of reality. Like democracy actually. We can sit here argueing over a figure and sacrificing entire societies to achive a 2% increase in the figure like lunatics, or we could refuse to engage with it and look at reality.

    admin Reply:

    Sure, GDP is a flaky metric. But then you could visit Manila, and then Singapore, and try to crystallize your impressions. It’s not about GDP, it’s about what GDP is approximately measuring.

    Chris B Reply:

    @hurlock I will take your abusiveness as a sign of the strength of my argument. It’s not just JOUVENEL though. Carlyle, Leddihn, Burnham they all get at the sub central power centers versus the central power in one way or another. Also, who said anything about perfect decentralisation? I’m talking about survival of sub central power centres which is neoreaction at its core. Singapore is a joke, a progressive state, and an equality monster at its core just as the USA is, just as the Nazis were and just as the commies were.

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    Marxist toady Reply:

    What you’re arguing for seems to be some model of distributed corporatism — ala Maurras or any thousand other post-Novalis romantics. That’s fine. Conservative, even. A venerable tradition. But dead, and dull. And nothing to do with the model of strong centralized governmental sovereignty (you know, “sov”-corp) MM derived from Bodin, Prussian cameralism, and joint-stock corporations.

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    chris b Reply:

    @marxisttoady Acually he derived it from the eastern tradition with the express goal of being incentivised to allow sub central power centers (wu wei.) This is why everyone gets it completely wrong and starts confusing him with being Hobbesian.

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  • SVErshov Says:

    @chris b

    another British protectorate Zanzibar did not performed that well compared to Hong Kong and Singapore and remains one of the poorest country in the world.

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    Lucian of Samosata Reply:

    Pish posh. Zanzibar is one of the most vibrant places in the world.

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    SVErshov Reply:

    no doubts, but not quite what it was in old times.

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  • Eternal Apparatchik Says:

    It seems your facade is starting to crack, Mr. Land. When are you going to come out of the closet?

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    Dark Psy-Ops Reply:

    Yes, Mr Land, we have you for a Singapore-sympathizing-progressive sympathizer!

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    admin Reply:

    Down at the Chan level, it’s difficult for people to even recognize their own tedious Jacobinism.

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    Eternal Apparatchik Reply:

    As much as you imagine that I do, I don’t much tread in imageboards. But that is not what matters.

    What matters is what another commenter here has been pointing out for a while (“Differently T” I think is the handle) — it is not at all clear what bones you have to pick with the Château des Os, and that is not so because you have an (admittedly amusing) penchant to obviate the obvious, but because (a) by your own criteria, the Cathedral is a horrifically meritorious bone crusher, and (b) it is even marching towards the same grave goal altogether.

    Chris B here is also beginning to catch a whiff of it, it seems, and I noticed that he is not the only one (although the others seem to react more from the gut than the mind) but this splinter has been obvious since your Dark Enlightenment essay.

    And I admire your deed, I truly do, but I hope your exit strategy is just as good, if not better, than your entry strategy. I’m looking forward to it all the same.

    admin Reply:

    “… this splinter has been obvious since your Dark Enlightenment essay” — why not just accept that it’s consistency, and it’s for those with alternative agendas to do their own branding work? Moldbuggianism is what it is. It hasn’t “entered” anything. Others have entered it (to its dismay).

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  • Dark Psy-Ops Says:

    Have you seen John Wick? If you have you’ll know what I’m talking about. Ian McShane’s neocam credentials are impeccable.

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  • an inanimate aluminum tube Says:

    Considering his… ahem… unique goals, it makes sense for admin to admire the kind of country where mass immigration is an ongoing policy, designed to squeeze the local population and raise some arbitrary number called GDP.

    A country that will be 50% foreigners by 2030, thanks to deliberate state run social engineering policies, with the openly stated purpose of increasing economic growth. A multicultural country which has passed numerous laws that prohibit speech that causes “disharmony among various religious groups” and “criminalized speech that deliberately wounds the religious or racial feelings of any person.”

    It makes sense for admin. Because he mostly just wants to work humans to death to create an unfriendly AI. But it doesn’t make sense for those of you who don’t share his goals. Singapore is a lot like what we already have, just better run, and without NAMs (or many of those crazy quixotic whites) to complicate the picture.

    If you plan on keeping humans around for the long term, Israel seems like a far better model to emulate. Certainly it avoids many of the suicidal policies that (some) reactionaries are reacting against. They’re even one of the few developed countries with a relatively bright demographic situation.

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    admin Reply:

    It’s comments like this that make it all worthwhile.

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    Lucian of Samosata Reply:

    You’re half right. We must emulate the Jews, but absolutely not any part of the Israel experiment.

    Classical Renaissance-era Shylock merchant existence within and across European societies = cold collectivity par excellence = massively distributed cognitive aristocracy.

    Israel and Zionism more generally = hot collectivity = demotism = doom. Jews who involve themselves in Zionist settlement and Middle East conflicts resemble Arab demotism moreso than they do their ‘cold collectivity’ cousins who devote themselves to generating shekels (figuratively, not actual shekels, duh). Think Rupert Murdoch, not Moshe Dayan. Moldbug posited that the Left has an affinity for Chaos and the Right for Order. This exactly parallels the contrast between Zionist Ethnonationalism and Financial/intellectual Judaism.

    We need to attain positions of power and influence in financial, diplomatic, legal, and scientific institutions and use them to serve our (minority) interests and the interests of order. This meshes perfectly with NRx because, being all of us >130 IQ, we are both inevitably a minority and also the only hope for sound governance.

    As an added bonus, Shylock usurer NRx is not an IQ shredder in the manner of Lee Kuan Yew NRx because the niche roles adopted by Shylocks reward cognitive excellence with increased reproductive opportunities, not with self-imposed sterility and 2D waifus. Shylock NRx is distributed across societies in a sparse network, even more ‘patchwork’ than any patchwork yet articulated. Instantaneous global banking and cryptocurrencies make such a distributed, non-localised NRx community even more achievable. Further, even if you reject much of Kevin McDonald’s arguably anti-semitic polemic (captivating at first but of limited instrumental value in its oppositional stance, with a certain amount of resentment girding it all), it’s hard to deny that the economic status of Jews in, say, Renaissance Italy, for example, as the race privileged/dishonoured with being the sole members of society permitted to engage openly in usury created powerful selective pressures for high Jewish IQ, the kind of meritocratic/eugenic mechanic that is much craved by NRx theorists but found lacking in the otherwise mascot societies of Singapore, Shanghai, Hong Kong, et cetera. Think Jon von Neumann, not Gangnam Style.

    It seems the way forward for NRx is clear now. Shylock merchant/Disraeli NRx must be endorsed as the highest manifestation of NRx ever yet seen, or else the utility of the cold collectivity/hot collectivity distinction is thrown into serious doubt.

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    Dark Psy-Ops Reply:

    Now that is a cybernetic innovation worthy of the NRx brand.

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    Lucian of Samosata Reply:

    This IS pure NRx.

    Chris B Reply:

    Israel? Turd of a progressive country fighting against the inherent telos of its democracy. All nations are democratic now. All. All should be treated with utter contempt. The more I read into MM the more I come to conclusion 99.9% of people are missing the point. The “why Carlyle matters” post is instructive of his identification of sub central power centers as the definition of reaction. Isreal and Singapore are equality whoring children of the French revolution.

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  • Dark Psy-Ops Says:

    Watching America slip down the Left Singularity vortex is the best entertainment this side of the Pacific. Donal Trump has made me never so grateful for Tony Abbot, not that Abbott can do much against the decline, but he’d be a far better dictator than he is a prime minister. He has a capitalist mind, and college students loathe him. If he had the power to abolish parliament, privatize education and media, restructure government as he saw fit, and rule for life, while happily crushing every Cathedral uprising, he would insure some prime real estate.

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  • Eternal Apparatchik Says:

    But I do accept that you have been consistent! That consistency is the glue in the subtext you dread to consider or at least loathe to admit.

    As for… “Moldbuggianism” — the contention is not that Nick Land is the Saul of Tarsus to Curtis Yarvin’s Jesus of Nazareth, but that this analogy breaks down because your virtues are inverted: like Paul he is a builder, like the Messiah you are a destroyer —

    “Moldbuggianism” is a terribly nebulous thing.

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  • The Shadow Knows Says:

    Silvio Berlusconi, “I’m not a traditional politician, and I have a sense of humor. I’ll try to soften it and become boring, maybe even very boring, but I’m not sure if I’ll be able to.”

    Now if Trump could only top that we’d have Aristophanes for President.

    Yet, Lee Kuan Yew is our man (Singapore’s former leader…). Singapore is a benign dictatorship, it knows the children are all brats that need a good spanking once in a while:

    “The dark ages had descended on us. It was brutal, cruel. In looking back, I think it was the biggest single political education of my life because, for three and a half years, I saw the meaning of power and how power and politics and government went together, and I also understood how people trapped in a power situation responded because they had to live. One day the British were there, immovable, complete masters; next day, the Japanese, whom we derided, mocked as short, stunted people with short-sighted squint eyes.”

    “Between being loved and being feared, I have always believed Machiavelli was right. If nobody is afraid of me, I’m meaningless.”

    “Anybody who decides to take me on needs to put on knuckle-dusters. If you think you can hurt me more than I can hurt you, try. There is no way you can govern a Chinese society.”

    “If you are a troublemaker… it’s our job to politically destroy you… Everybody knows that in my bag I have a hatchet, and a very sharp one. You take me on, I take my hatchet, we meet in the cul-de-sac.”

    “We have to lock up people, without trial, whether they are communists, whether they are language chauvinists, whether they are religious extremists. If you don’t do that, the country would be in ruins.”

    My favorite:

    “You know, the cure for all this talk is really a good dose of incompetent government. You get that alternative and you’ll never put Singapore together again: Humpty Dumpty cannot be put together again… and your asset values will be in peril, your security will be at risk and our women will become maids in other people’s countries, foreign workers.”

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  • OLF Says:

    @ChrisB
    I agree, Singapore is nowhere near NRx utopia it’s made out to be, it’s one big unsustainable IQ shredder. One only needs to google up a few of links. Singapore is just a good example of how even an infinitesimal increase in economic freedom brings about relatively great increase in wealth (though even in this case, Singapore is nowhere near NRx ideal, PAP is unashamedly Keynesian).
    That being said, some centralization would probably be necessary even in AnCapistan, however there should be no more centralization than necessary for maximization of efficiency.

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  • SanguineEmpiricist Says:

    I’m not sure sure NIO, why isn’t gdp and quality of life a good metric? The future is uncertain, it’s yet to see what happens with the fertility stuff. “Equality whoring” is just whatever and doesn’t bother me much. If we cannot praise any state then I think we are too far off into utopianism.

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    Lucian of Samosata Reply:

    I will praise only the Crab King.

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    Chris B Reply:

    Utopianism? What madness is this? Has MM been completely purged now.

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    admin Reply:

    MM’s contempt for Singapore and all it stands for being long understood?

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    Chris B Reply:

    @ If by democratic governance by an aggressively interfering political system, then sure, it’s pretty horrific by any pre-20C standards. Just do the thought experiment of imagining what the likes of Carlyle etc would have made of it. As for what MM has actually said on the issue – http://unqualified-reservations.blogspot.tw/2007/08/against-political-freedom.html

    “The issue arises, you see, because of the existence of vaguely quasi-neocameralist states such as Singapore and Dubai. I linked earlier to this discussion on a very orthodox Universalist blog (Unfogged) of Singapore – it’s interesting how Universalists can maintain their convictions even while living in a place whose very existence contradicts them. The contradiction becomes just another proof of faith. Yet another case of Auster’s unprincipled exception, I suppose.

    Singapore and Dubai are not neocameralist paradises. They are certainly very well-managed in most senses, but they are also extremely conscious of living in a political world. Singapore in particular emerged out of very nasty postcolonial street politics – the ruling party is still called the People’s Action Party. I really cannot think of a more terrifying name.

    And so Singapore in particular works very hard, and very famously, to suppress politics and political freedom. My understanding – perhaps someone can correct me – is that almost everyone in Singapore has no interest at all in antigovernment politics, that people really are genuinely happy to simply think about their own lives.

    But for a Singaporean to be involved in antigovernment politics has roughly the same result that involvement in racist or other extremist politics has for an American. It is simply politically incorrect in Singapore to say bad things about the government, much as it’s politically incorrect here to say bad things about protected minorities. At least it’s a social faux pas, at most it might cost you your job.”

    Hardly a glowing endorsement, and that which is positive must really be taken in context of what MM is trying to do and explain. Much like his vacillation between declaring a reactionary not really a monarchist, yet advocating monarchy. He has not got the vocabulary, nor means to adequately articulate what he is trying to propose, and resorts to using current understanding to try and illuminate. Of course this results in every lunatic and his dog declaring “AHA! he is advocating nazism/ Hobbesianism/ libertarianism/ ancap/ technocratism etc etc.

    But if you want endorsement of LKY, you have it here – http://unqualified-reservations.blogspot.tw/2009/08/from-cromer-to-romer-and-back-again.html

    “Since colonialism is so out of fashion, since there are no Cromers anymore, this effect is seen most strongly in native autocrats – a Lee Kuan Yew, a Paul Kagame, an Alberto Fujimori. All three of these men saved a country from anarchy and destruction, and none is even slightly Canadian. If there was anything in your underwear, you might consider praising them.”

    Those with a bit of intelligence would put it into context and see it as faint praise of merely holding at bay the most extreme demotism, and that it raises more questions then it answers. But this is an NRx blog post, and intelligence and subtlety have flown from this neck of the woods, so it will likely descend into flame war, or a claim that this vindicates a man who implemented hardcore progressive policies as well as vindication of X,Y and Z position that have nothing to do with restoring the intellectual tradition put forward here – http://unqualified-reservations.blogspot.tw/2010/04/join-froude-society.html

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  • NRx_N00B Says:

    Great thread.

    I think sustainability is a big problem. The reliance of patchwork city states (cocoons/tech-incubators) on “ghost acreage/phantom carrying capacity” is their Achilles’ heel. The well being of any high IQ inhabitants is entirely hinged on the health of the city state which in turn is plugged into umbilical cords connected to vast external physical acreage.

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