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  • Hardcover
  • 224 pages
  • Lee Kuan Yew
  • Lee Kuan Yew
  • English
  • 10 July 2015
  • 9780262019125

10 thoughts on “Lee Kuan Yew

  1. Angie Kim Angie Kim says:

    On IndiaI am against a society which has no sense of nurturing its best to rise to the top I am against a feudal society where your birth decides where you stay in the pecking order The example of that par excellence is India's caste systemOn AmericaThe ideas of individual supremacy when carried to excess have not worked They have made it difficult to keep American society cohesive Asia can see it is not working Those who want a wholesome society where young girls and old ladies can walk in the streets at night where the young are not preyed upon by drug peddlers will not follow the American model The top 3 to 5% of a society can handle this free for all this clash of ideas If you do this with the whole mass you will have a messgovernments believed that they could always afford to support the poor and the needy widows orphans the old and homeless disadvantaged minorities unwed mothers Their sociologists expounded the theory that hardship and failure were due not to the individual person's character but to flaws in the economic system So charity became entitlement and the stigma of living on charity disappeared Unfortunately welfare costs grew faster than the government's ability to raise taxes to pay for itOne person one vote is a most difficult form of government From time to time the results can be erratic People are sometimes fickle They get bored with stable steady improvements in life and in a reckless moment they vote for a change for change's sakeContrary to what American political commentators say I do not believe that democracy necessarily leads to development I believe that what a country needs to develop is discipline than democracy The exuberance of democracy leads to undisciplined and disorderly conditions which are inimical to development The ultimate test of the value of a political system is whether it helps that society to establish conditions which improve the standard of living for the majority of its people plus enabling the maximum of per sonal freedoms compatible with the freedoms of othersOn islamAmong Muslims especially in the Middle East there is a profound belief that their time has come and that the West has put them down for too longMilitant Islam feeds upon the insecurities and alienation that globalization generates among the less successful And because globalization is largely US led and driven militant Islam identifies America and Americans as the threat to IslamOn humans in generalIt is the near geniuses and the above average who ultimately decide the shape of things to come We want an eual society We want to give everybody eual opportunities But in the back of our minds we never deceive ourselves that two human beings are ever eual in their stamina in their drive in their dedication in their innate ability' I have always thought that humanity was animal like while Confucian theory says that it can be improved I am not sure it can be but it can be trained it can be disciplined You can make a left hander write with his or her right hand but you cannot really change his or her natural born instinct


  2. Brit Cheung Brit Cheung says:

    I got a Chinese copy and read the Ebook of English the previous year and still possessed the immense impulsion to read it again The book and his other works scintilate his perceptive state visions and wisdom for international studiesgenuinely illuminating and thought provokingAcclaimed to be the founding father of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew was one of the rare country leaders winning paramount respects both in Asian regions and western hemisphere His preeminence not only lies in that he successfully transformed a backward city scaled state into a nation of great and uniue significance and greatly improved his peoples living standards but also in that his political wit and wisdom that are still effectively illuminating leaders of many nations to some extent both big and smallOne detail that I conjured up is that when president Mr Obama initially took his presidency to commence his first state visit to China in 2009 he first visited Singapore before he went to China It is very likely that he thought it would be better to consult Mr LKY for his perspectives on how to deal with China or Sino US relation stuffI will confine my attention to the first three chapters and articulate what I understand about the bookThe first two chapter are on how China and the United States' future will be like The answer he reckons is an inevitable rise for ChinaBut he thought rise is not a good wordfraught with provocative connotations and better to be changed to evolution or developmentwhich were soft ones The advantages for China are its population and economic influence on its neighboring nations and beyond China can easily sanctioned a country merely by denying its access to its 13 million population market if it Wants to And it was almost late for US to scramble for economic partners andinfluence exclusively both because these nations are within China's proximity geographically and because China has already built strong economic ties in the form of FTP and other mechanisms So even the negotiations on US leading TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) has reached an agreement any country involved cannot sever the economic ties with China and exclusively rely on US which they know so wellwhile meantime they are all alert and weary about their own national interests in order not to plunge into the same historical destiny in which China in ancient times was the dominant power of the region I read from the lines and could speculate that America's pivot to asia policy must have been influenced by Mr Lee kuan Yew's suggestions US's military presence in pacific asia is absolutely necessary if it doesn't want to lose East Asia the economic hut and engine for this centuryThe two nations are both co operative and competitive but not necessarily making each other adversaries which serves no interests for both and the world For instance global issues like climate change will not be settled with each other's absenceThe advantages for the united states are its creativity entrepreneuring spirit its universal ideals and English language which is widely used across the globleThe united states can appeal global talents in its faver and get them fitting uickly but for China Chinese language is extremely difficult to learn and its culture is not easy for global talents to fit inWell I want to complement his ideas with some of my understandings The first is why China will inevitably grow to be a global power with its uniueness besides Mr Lee's analysis The second I want to talk about is the language issueI need to focus on the second one to save me some time Chinese language indeed posed a barrier for attracting global talents And as far as I read Mr Lee once advised Chinese leaders to make the country English the first language but even himself knew that it would be unfathomable not only because of China's vast territory but because its varied and distinct culturesThat was a mission impossibleBut China can send its talented young people to America and other regions to learn the cutting edged technology and managerial expertise and brought them back But I think what Mr Lee failed to mention is that Chinese people's civilian creativity and mass enthusiasm for entrepreneurship which emerged just recent years I can be sure that power and magnitude will be staggering and stuning which is uite even beyond goverments' expectations Take single day shopping spree for instance one day's volume of transactions online reached stuning 912 billion RMB this year a staggering number Those ubiuitous online shops are just some visible examples of its domestic consumption power whose potential is far away from fully tapped The mass entrepreneurship and innovation is on the surgeFor western talents working in China I believe it won't pose them immense challenges because and young people are becoming bilingual a favorable trend for both But I do hope the Chinese people should be inclusive and forge tolerable atmosphere for attracting global talents; they are fools if they don't grasp the trendI intend to leave the first one next timeAnyway It is a great and important instrutive book for which I plan to do some note taking when I read it for a third time


  3. Tai Tai says:

    This book is written in an interview style and is uick and easy to read A good portion of it is basically a racist rant He starts off disparaging HIspanics then Indians and then Islam blatantly stating that America will be ruined if Hispanics aren't uickly assimilated into WASP culture that Indians who grow up close to their culture will be lazy and corrupt and that Islam is a religion of extremism if all 13 billion Muslims were terrorists we'd be in serious trouble This outlook is extreme but somewhat reflective of the segregationist mindset which permeates Singapore so its interesting from that perspectiveRegarding his insights on global geopolitics intelligent readers familiar with international relations theory and looking for details on these subjects will be disappointed by his mostly superficial and often misinformed analysis He states that scholars should be pursuing venture capital and entrepreneurship over history and poetry and it seems from reading this book that he has never read a legitimate academic history book in his life Once again the book reads as a rant about what countries or societies should be doing without much thought into the realities and complexities they face An example is India where he advocates a less democratic and authoritarian political system There are some interesting insights sprinkled in here particularly around the rise of China and his formula for success in Singapore but these are still relatively high levelRegarding neo liberalism the book is subtly pro neoliberalism as he advocates free trade agreements liberalization of economies in developing nations etc without any economic evidence as to their benefits and in fact Singapore's success was in large part due to its calculated introduction of a very selective number of these policies slowly over the decades but this basic level of detail is not mentioned in the book However he does bring up the ineuality created when these policies are implemented as one of the largest issues of our time without offering any potential solutions


  4. Erwin Erwin says:

    Highly recommended Another book in the spirit of The Prince focused on understanding populations and politics as they are not was we wish them to be This is a fascinating compilation of Lee Kuan Yew's observations on government citizens management Singapore the West and the East over the last several decades Some of the portions I found most interesting includeDemocracy should not be made an alibi for inertia There are many examples of authoritarian governments whose economies have failed There are as many examples of democratic governments who have achieved superior economic performance The real issue is whether any country's political system irrespective of whether it is democratic or authoritarian can forge a consensus on the policies needed for the economy to grow and create jobs for all and can ensure that these basic policies are implemented consistently without large leakageWhen those in office regard the power vested in them as a personal prerogative they inevitably enrich themselves promote their families and favor their friends The fundamental structures of the modern state are eroded like the supporting beams of a house after termites have attacked themWe must not go against what is historically inevitableI learned to ignore criticism and advice from experts and uasiexperts especially academics in the social and political sciences They have pet theories on how a society should develop to approximate their ideal especially how poverty should be reduced and welfare extended I always try to be correct not politically correctSo long as you run this one person one vote the easiest of appeals that can be made to the ground are the simple emotional ones not economic development and progress and all these other things they do not understand but simple things pride in race in language in religion in cultureBut I am convinced personally that we would have a better system if we gave every person over the age of 40 who has a family two votes because he or she is likely to be careful voting also for his or her childrenHe or she is likely to vote in a serious way than a capricious young person under 30 At the same time once a person gets beyond 65 then it is a problemwhen authority is not backed by position prestige or usage then it has to defend actively against challengeFor the acid test of any legal system is not the greatness or the grandeur of its ideal concepts but whether in fact it is able to produce order and justice in the relationships between person and person and between person and the stateTo maintain this order with the best degree of tolerance and humanity is a problemTo be successful society must maintain a balance between nurturing excellence and encouraging the average to improveCommunism has failed The welfare state of Western democracies has also failedWe have arranged help but in such a way that only those who have no other choice will seek it This is the opposite of attitudes in the West where liberals actively encourage people to demand entitlements with no sense of shame causing an explosion of welfare costsIf there is insecurity there will be fewer investmentswe buffer the lowest 20% to 25% the weaker achievers from the tough competition of the marketplaceWe may have conuered space but we have not learned to conuer our own primeval instincts and emotions that were necessary for our survival in the Stone Age not in the space age'I have always thought that humanity was animal like while Confucian theory says that it can be improved I am not sure it can be but it can be trained it can be disciplined You can make a left hander write with his or her right hand but you cannot really change his or her natural born instinctWe read many things The fact that it is in print and repeated by three four authors does not make it true They may all be wrong But through my own experience I concluded yes there is a difference'Fredrich Hayek's book The Fatal Conceit Errors of Socialism expressed with clarity and authority what I had long felt but was unable to express namely the unwisdom of powerful intellects including Albert Einstein when they believed that a powerful brain can devise a better system and bring about social justice than what historical evolution or economic Darwinism has been able to work out over the centuriesI would describe myself in perhaps European terms as between socialist and conservative I would put myself as a liberal As someone who believes in eual opportunities so that everybody gets an eual chance to do his best and with a certain compassion to ensure that the failures do not fall through the floor I want to run the system as efficiently as possible but make allowances for those who will not be doing well because nature did not give them enough or they cannot make that extra effort I am a liberal in the classical sense of that word in that I am not fixated on a particular theory of the world or of society I am pragmatic I am prepared to look at the problem and say all right what is the best way to solve it that will produce the maximum happiness and well being for the maximum number of people?You can read about it but it is irrelevant if you do not relate it to yourself which I constantly doYou must not overlook the importance of discussions with knowledgeable peopleThey built this big government house on a hill with Indian convict labor in 1868 to dominate the populationsthe ever present danger of regression and even collapseFor at 60 than at 50 comes the realization of the transient nature of all earthly glories and successesephemeral uality of sensory joys and pleasures when compared to intellectual moral or spiritual satisfactions I do not work on a theory Instead I ask what will make this workChoose a solution which offers a higher probability of success but if it fails I have some other way Never a dead endIf history is on their side that liberal democracy is inevitable then just ignore meThe final test is lifeI do not believe the American system is either desirable or affordableBecause one is a proven tested system the other is not proven why not let the other chap prove it first?The final proof is what happens to the societyHistory does not repeat itself in the same way each time but certain trends and conseuences are constants If you do not know history you think short term If you know history you think medium and long termTo understand the present and anticipate the future one must know enough of the past enough to have a sense of the history of a people One must appreciate not merely what took place but especially why it took place and in that particular way This is true of individuals as it is for nations Young people learn best from personal experienceHad they done this before they were drawn into the Vietnam War they might well have chosen not to draw the battle line in Vietnam but in CambodiaImpress by the clarity of your ideas I speak as a practitionerIf I had not been able to reduce complex ideas into simple words and project them vividly for mass understanding I would not be here todayHabit of ignoring unpalatable facts and avoiding unpleasant controversyBut it is possible to create a society in which everybody is given not eual rewards but eual opportunities and where rewards vary not in accordance with the ownership of property but with the worth of a person's contribution to that societyI did not understand what a cosseted life would do to the spirit of enterprise of a people diminishing their desire to achieve and succeed I believed that wealth came naturally from wheat growing in the fields orchards bearing fruit every summer and factories turning out all that was needed to maintain a comfortable life Only two decades later when I had to make an outdated entrepot economy feed a people did I realize we needed to create the wealth before we can share it And to create wealth high motivation and incentives are crucial to drive a people to achieve to take risks for profit or there will be nothing to shareYou must want That is the crucial thing Before you have you must want to have And to want to have means to be able first to perceive what it is you want; secondly how to discipline and organize yourself in order to possess the things you want the industrial sinews of our modern economic base; and thirdly the grit and the stamina which means cultural mutations in the way of life in large parts of the tropical areas of the world where the human being has never found it necessary to work in the summer harvest before autumn and save up for the winterYou cannot have people just striving for a nebulous idealeuate rewards to performanceforwardlooking good managementRealism and pragmatism are necessary to overcome new problemsavoidance of the buffet syndrome where for a fixed price you can take or eat as much as you want That is why welfare and subsidies destroy the motivation to perform and succeedthe American state insisted on an adeuate command of the American version of English before accepting the immigrants as citizens of the state ensured the unifying force of one common language in the peopleWhen the British emissary Lord Macartney arrived in Beijing in 1793 bringing with him the marvels of the industrial revolution the Emperor ian Long was not impressed The great emperor told the English nobleman There is nothing we lack nor do we need any of your country's manufacturesCradle to grave welfarism blunted the ambition of many budding entrepreneursWorse high personal taxes dampened the desire of many to achieve wealth and successrespect for those starting new businessesacceptance of failure in entrepreneurial and innovation effortstolerance for a high degree of income disparityHe mastered defense matters read up the classics on strategy Sun Tzu Clausewitz and Liddell HartHe subscribed to military journals to know the latest in military weaponryHe Xi Jinping the likely incoming president of China is reserved not in the sense that he will not talk to you but in the sense that he will not betray his likes and dislikes There is always a pleasant smile on his face whether or not you have said something that annoyed himPresidents do not get reelected if they give a hard dose of medicine to their people So there is a tendency to procrastinate to postpone unpopular policies in order to win elections So problems such as budget deficits debt and high unemployment have been carried forward from one administration to the nextIndia is a nation of unfulfilled greatness Its potential has lain fallow underusedIndians will go at a tempo which is decided by their constitution by their ethnic mix by their voting patterns and the resulting coalition governments which makes for very difficult decision makingIf Iran gets the bomb Saudi Arabia will buy the bomb from Pakistan the Egyptians will buy the bomb from someone and then you have a nuclearized Middle East Then it is only a matter of time before there is a nuclear explosion in the regionThe Russian population is declining It is not clear why but alcoholism plays a role; so do pessimism a declining fertility rate and a declining life expectancy Siberia and Vladivostok are filling up with and Chinese The lands on the bend of the Amur River will be repopulated by Chinese Russians may suddenly decide that the future is worth living and bring children into the world to reverse this demographic trend but I do not see that shift occurring in the near futureWesterners have abandoned an ethical basis for society believing that all problems are solvable by a good governmentIn the East we start with self reliance In the West today it is the opposite The government says give me a popular mandate and I will solve all society's problemsIn any given society of the 1000 babies born there are so many percent near geniuses so many percent average so many percent morons It is the near geniuses and the above average who ultimately decide the shape of things to comeI put myself down as determined consistent persistent I set out to do something I keep on chasing it until it succeeds That is all


  5. Charles J Charles J says:

    For Americans who think that so called liberal democracy is neither and in any case is a dead end successful modern societies with a different political model always intrigue In the West notable such are Hungary and Poland who have effectively executed a mild and tentative turn away from the most extreme vices of liberal democracy though there is a long way to go Singapore which has apparently successfully blended economic success certain virtues and limited democracy offers another possible model one with a longer track record Unfortunately Singapore’s example is of very limited use to a future well run America and this book of the thoughts of Lee Kuan Yew who built modern Singapore helps show whyThere are surprisingly few books at least in English on Singapore I did read John Curtis Perry’s Singapore Unlikely Power and was disappointed at its flatness and lack of insight I’m not sure why that is Perhaps it’s a feeling of pedestrian authors that Singapore other than economic success shouldn’t be overly praised because it has always rejected liberal democracy exacerbated by the common stereotype of it being a place where you get flogged for chewing gum Even its economic success which largely rejects the globalist ideologies of the neoliberal corporatists who control the West isn’t celebrated as to its methods merely as to its results Our ruling class prefers to ignore that Singapore succeeded economically because of its strong industrial policies and direct government involvement in the economy not because it threw open its borders to parasites or strove to become a libertarian oasisToday’s Singapore was it appears everyone agrees built primarily by Lee But Lee who died in 2015 didn’t write this 2013 book nor did he even participate in it Rather it is the project of Graham Allison an American academic expert on China and tireless self promoter notable most recently for his 2017 book Destined for War which analyzed the applicability of the “Thucydides Trap” to Chinese American relations Allison simply collected uotes of Lee’s made over forty years and cobbled them together into a set of fake interviews The effect is a little weird The “interviews” are posed in a uestion and answer format grouped by major theme However since the narrative responses are stitched together uotes often made decades apart even though the stitching is competently done probably not by Allison but by the flunky he credits one Ali Wynne the responses often seem clunky and inorganic even sometimes contradictory If I were Lee I would be angry that my thought over decades which no doubt often underwent subtle or not so subtle corrections and changes was assembled in this simplistic way and then offered as a complete summary of my beliefs But nobody asked Lee for permission and now he’s in no position to complainAfter reading this book it seems likely that for his own time place and culture Lee was the right man but that says little about our society For us I think his ideas are either obvious and prefigured by a vast body of earlier thought or incomplete wrong or irrelevant Still let’s get started We begin with a brief Forward from Henry Kissinger establishing Allison’s bona fides but telling us little except that Lee raised Singapore from poverty and made his country a player in Asia which we knew already Then in a blatant appeal to authority and a successful exercise in padding the book we get nearly twenty pages of uotes showing “who listens” supposedly when Lee talks This includes everyone from Margaret Thatcher to the former CEO of Coca Cola praising Lee to the skies for his amazing intelligence strategic vision and general awesomeness All this wastes the reader’s time and should be skippedThen we swing into the “interviews” The biggest focus no surprise given Singapore’s location and that its culture is Chinese or rather a subset of Chinese tied to the trade oriented southern Chinese who originally settled Singapore under British suzerainty is China I am unclear why Lee is regarded as a China expert—maybe he successfully made predictions about China that came true though if he did it is not shown here It’s not that anything Lee says is wrong as far as I can tell I’m certainly not a China expert myself It’s that most of it is banal at least in the world of 2013 or of 2020 China is growing fast and has great aspirations Surrounding countries are concerned The Chinese are going about it slowly and methodically The Chinese are merit focused But they have certain problems including a lack of the rule of law and an unimaginative uncreative culture that does not permit a free exchange of ideas and for all those reasons comes up with no technological breakthroughs The United States should adopt a balanced approach toward China neither too conciliatory nor too aggressive All true I imagine but nothing that is not obvious to someone paying any attention at allWhen he makes predictions about the future that are not obvious Lee isn’t convincing He says that “Technology is going to make the Chinese system of governance obsolete” because everyone is going to be “well informed” and “because the numbers are so large” you can’t just “placate and monitor a few people” So far though the Chinese seem very successful in using technology to monitor and control everyone Just ask the Uighurs or those now earning a low social credit score It’s not that Lee is afraid to say the unpalatable For example he denigrates the tiny minority of Chinese who militate for democracy but are beloved of Western liberals saying crassly “Where are the students of Tiananmen now?” and apparently agreeing that Deng Xiaoping was correct to say that if 200000 students had to be shot; it was better than the alternatives It’s that Lee has nothing unpalatable to say that is also original And he completely ignores what is by far the biggest problem China faces—because it screwed itself with the one child policy it will age and shrink dramatically during the twenty first century never reaching anywhere near its theoretical potential I discuss this in my review of Darrell Bricker and John Ibbitson’s Empty Planet but Lee ignores this problem which obviates pretty much every generic prediction he makes about ChinaWhen he turns to talking about the United States we begin to see that Lee has very one dimensional simplistic views He does not understand the United States at all mostly because in this context and others he thinks economics is everything and culture only matters to the extent it affects economic thinking In Lee’s pinched reading therefore the key to our past and present success is purely entrepreneurialism Which is to some extent accurate but that is only a small part of American culture and one of much less importance than it used to be as entrepreneurialism is crushed by government overreach and social mobility has slowed to a crawl It is however the aspect of America most evident to a foreigner focused on economic mattersAs far as the bad parts of American society Lee correctly sees that demands for unfettered absolute individual freedom in America have grown to grotesue and immensely destructive proportions But he has a television oriented set of takeaways namely that America is gripped by vagrancy drugs and guns all of which are bad very bad Lee is especially petrified by private citizens having guns His solution is communitarianism as led by elites with a better ruling class than we have now Only “the top 3 to 5% of a society can handle this free for all this clash of ideas If you do this with the whole mass you will have a mess” Well the horse is out of that barn but to that Lee has no answer And America needs to uit overspending Again much of this is accurate but obvious More importantly it’s grossly incomplete viewing America through a keyhole We can do without Lee’s thoughts on America; they’re bush leagueTrue there is a good deal that is refreshingly retrograde about Lee He is all about merit and he’s not shy about it “It is the near geniuses and the above average who ultimately decide the shape of things to come” People aren’t eual in talents and merit they never will be eual and to pretend otherwise is folly No surprise he doesn’t like democracy To be sure Singapore has a form of democracy but Lee is correctly afraid the stupid masses will ruin it for everyone Thus the government should serve the people but not be directly responsive to the people He also thinks as I do that people with families should get votes and no votes should go to “a capricious young person under 30” Lee would no doubt blanch at the insane proposals today for American sixteen year olds to vote—although on the plus side that would probably hasten the collapse of our own pseudo democracy and let us move on uickly to the next thing so maybe I should endorse itLee is also retrograde about other cultures His talk of India is interesting mostly for Lee’s thinly veiled contempt for Indian society and culture tempered with a recognition that India has a big therefore relevant economy And when talking of Islam Lee praises Samuel Huntington’s thesis of a civilizational clash and says that Islam will always be a threat unless it changes He also enthusiastically and repeatedly endorses English as the only language that matters Again this is obvious but our own self hating elites have lied to us for decades telling young people that it is critically necessary for success that they learn other languages This is totally false and always has been It’s not necessary for economic success; in the late 1980s and early 1990s you may remember we were told we must learn Japanese to compete in the global future But competition is not the core reason we’re told it’s necessary It’s because our ruling classes have the strange belief that Europeans are our betters and we must signal our obeisance to the new globalist order by learning the languages of others For cultural refinement or to pick up French girls it might be useful to read French poetry but for most utilitarian communication the reality is that all educated Europeans and Asians learn English because it is the lingua franca for the world and probably still will be in five hundred years so there is no practical imperative to learn anything but EnglishMost of all Lee is retrograde about immigration and so called multicultural societies Lee’s words are often cherry picked to suggest that he thinks that immigration is a good thing and a multicultural society an awesome one But that’s not what he thinks at all Instead he thinks a rarefied slice of approved foreigners can benefit a society if they don’t cause trouble He says explicitly that the United States does a great job of mixing in such people in Silicon Valley—but beyond that “Multiculturalism will destroy America” because “large numbers of Mexicans and others from South and Central America will continue to come to the US and spread their culture across the whole of the country” and they will then “breed faster than the WASPs” destroying the superior American culture He also says that Americans came to an “empty continent and made the best of it”—because we “killed the Red Indians and took over the land and the buffaloes” I don’t think Lee is going to be invited to any American college campuses anytime soonThere are also worthwhile comments uttered in passing such as “I think you are a born leader or you are not a leader” This is God’s truth but something universally denied by “educators” in America For years especially in business school I had nothing but contempt for the many offered classes that purported to teach leadership or negotiation a closely related talent that also cannot be taught They even pretended they could teach leadership to lawyers even though a lawyer’s entire training and the personality of almost all lawyers is to be risk averse to avoid making decisions and let others make those decisions the very antithesis of leadership That’s why law firms where lawyers run the business side are always incompetently run Teaching leadership is a total waste of time and Lee saw that to his creditBut none of this is earthshattering and Lee only incompletely addresses the most critical matter of all for Singapore its looming population collapse He accurately notes that “Demography not destiny will be the most critical factor for security and growth in the 21st century” Immigration of the right types of people only isn’t enough; “much active government involvement in encouraging or discouraging procreation may be necessary” Yes but Lee however totally fails to understand why people in modern societies have stopped having children In fact almost all of his talk about children is in the Russian context not the Singaporean He primly instructs Vladimir Putin that pessimism is the key Russian problem and that he needs to “give Russians a hopeful outlook” so they will stop drinking and have children because by supposed contrast “In America people are optimistic and say I will bring a child into the world” but in Russia where prosperity fluctuates with oil prices they are not optimistic This is very dumb and shows how limited Lee is as a thinker The real reason that every advanced society and most not advanced societies in the world have a grossly inadeuate number of children is not pessimism about the future but a direct result of what Lee tried to achieve his whole life—increasing wealth combined with what seems to necessarily come along with that increasing selfishness and demands for autonomy in that people will trade children for toys and pleasure and closely tied pernicious phenomena most of all that modern Western society denigrates women as mothers and celebrates them as spinster wine aunts consumers increasing GDP while buying useless trinkets to fill the shelves of their sad empty houses In fact disproving Lee entirely the Russian birth rate has rebounded in recent years from 116 to 175 Singapore’s has notPopulation though is merely the most glaring manifestation Review completes as first comment


  6. Miebara Jato Miebara Jato says:

    Such an insanely smart and competent leader We'll forever miss your insights


  7. Jake Jake says:

    I knew very little about Lee kuan Yew prior to stumbling across his name on Goodreads I will admit that I still know very little about the guy who purportedly was the founding father of a Singapore who famously helped turn the nation from a third world country to a first world one in a single generation I hardly yet understand what this means Ah well It was not needed for reading this text This book was styled in a interview format as yew was asked many uestions where were fundamental to his expertise From what it means for a state to be successful what is the fundamental nature of governance what is it that helps predict which nations will do well moving forward and so on And of course on the relationship of the united states china and its future prospectsHis commentary was uite insightful and I will explain some of it His assessment on china is that they desire to be a powerhouse rather than an honorary western nation They are different in America and have social stringencies which make them less likely to produce innovations through entrepreneurial activity note this is a testable claim Nevertheless they will continue to grow within a similar framework to America's as they speedily turn into a market economy He expects that china will overtake America as the predominant economic power house of the globe something many of us anticipate but seems to think they are unlikely to confront America militarily and fall into the thucydidean trap given America's military dominance On the nature of Statesdemocracy he made a very interesting claim that it was not the political structure which indicates whether a state will be successful or not but rather the people who are in it Or in his words To get good government you must have good people in charge of government I have observed in the last 40 years that even with a poor system of government but with good strong people in charge people get passable government with decent progress On the other hand I have seen many ideal systems of government fail Britain and France between them wrote over 80 constitutions for their different colonies Nothing wrong with the constitution with the institutions and the checks and the balances But the societies did not have the leaders who could work those institutions nor the people who respected those institutionsThe leaders who inherited these constitutions were not eual to the job and their countries failed and their system collapsed in riots in coups and in revolution This of course is a poignant idea which brings to uestion whether if we have such good people in the governments across the globe and if the progressive extremism will come back to bite us within our various nations He stressed the need for education In other words the necessity to cultivate the bright young talented youth of a nation towards productive careers which can strengthen the economy through innovations Overall this served to be a stimulating read and Im glad that I picked it up on a whim


  8. Jean Jean says:

    Until I read this short book I did not know much about Yew except that he took over Singapore after World War II and is the founding father of modern Singapore Yew was Prime Minister from 1959 1990Graham Allison and Robert Blackwell two leading strategic thinkers asked Yew uestions and also put together information from his voluminous writings and speeches The book is mainly in a uestion and answer format the result is this concise but important bookI found myself engrossed in the incisive wisdom presented by Yew I really enjoyed the following comment in the book “China tells us that countries big and small are eual that it is not a hegemon; but when we do something they do not like they say you have made 13 billion people unhappy So please know your place” When asked if India will match China’s rise? Yew said “Not likely India is not a real country Instead it is 32 separate nations that happen to be arrayed along the British rail line” I think Yew’s comments about China are right on the mark When asked by the authors will China accept its place within the postwar order created by the United States? Yew answered “No It is China’s intention to become the greatest power in the world—and to be accepted as China not as an honorary member of the West” One comment he made has got my attention Yew said “The United States focuses on individual rights but has failed to pair this with individual responsibility Yew is 90 years old and his comments on the United States are pertinent to many of the debates in which we are enmeshed today This book has triggered my interest to learn about this most insightful man I read this as an audio book downloaded from Audible Michael McConnohie and Francis Chau narrated the book


  9. Ricky Ricky says:

    Lee said I understood Deng Xiaoping when he said if 200000 students have to be shot shoot them because the alternative is China in chaos for another 100 years Deng understood and he released it stage by stage Without Deng China would have implodedDon't you know that China has been in chaos since communists spread and occupation?


  10. Daniel Frank Daniel Frank says:

    When the master speaks you listenBeyond the enormous impact LKY had as a statesmen I believe LKY was the best political thinker of the 20th century I try to read everything I can from LKY and while this book is not ideal it unearthed a lot of great content I would otherwise have not been exposed to


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Lee Kuan Yew➮ [Read] ➪ Lee Kuan Yew By Lee Kuan Yew ➺ – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk Grand strategist and founder of modern Singapore offers key insights and controversial opinions on globalization geopolitics economic growth and democracyWhen Lee Kuan Yew speaks presidents prime mini Grand strategist and founder of modern Singapore offers key insights and controversial opinions on globalization geopolitics economic growth and democracyWhen Lee Kuan Yew speaks presidents prime ministers diplomats and CEOs listen Lee the founding father of modern Singapore and its prime minister from to has honed his wisdom during than fifty Lee Kuan PDF or years on the world stage Almost single handedly responsible for transforming Singapore into a Western style economic success he offers a uniue perspective on the geopolitics of East and West American presidents from Richard Nixon to Barack Obama have welcomed him to the White House; British prime ministers from Margaret Thatcher to Tony Blair have recognized his wisdom; and business leaders from Rupert Murdoch to Rex Tillerson CEO of Exxon Mobil have praised his accomplishments This book gathers key insights from interviews speeches and Lee's voluminous published writings and presents them in an engaging uestion and answer formatLee offers his assessment of China's future asserting among other things that China will want to share this century as co euals with the US He affirms the United States' position as the world's sole superpower but expresses dismay at the vagaries of its political system He offers strategic advice for dealing with China and goes on to discuss India's future Islamic terrorism economic growth geopolitics and globalization and democracy Lee does not pull his punches offering his unvarnished opinions on multiculturalism the welfare state education and the free market This little book belongs on the reading list of every world leader including the one who takes the oath of office on January .


About the Author: Lee Kuan Yew

Lee Kuan Yew was born in Singapore in He was educated at Raffles College Singapore and Fitzwilliam College Cambridge England He was called to the Bar Middle Temple London in and practised law in Singapore He became advisor to several trade unionsIn he was a founder of the People's Action Lee Kuan PDF or Party and was Secretary General up to Mr Lee became Singapore's Prime Minister i.