Elegy for the Lion City

Singapore’s Demographic Woes Are of Its Own Making

Lee Kuan Yew, the founding prime minister of Singapore, is one of the great statesmen of the twentieth century. At 88 he is a bit unsteady on his feet and attends a lot of funerals, but his mind is as clear as ever. A man of steely resolve, he turned a tiny, defenseless, impoverished, and racially and politically divided island with no natural resources into an economic powerhouse.

Today Singapore is a leading financial center, is the world's easiest place to do business, is ranked no. 8 in foreign exchange reserves, has the world's top-ranked education system, and is the world's least corrupt country. Economically, Singapore is a miracle, and Lee Kuan Yew is its wizard. This past...

 
This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #23, Winter 2012 Copyright © 2020 Salvo | www.salvomag.com https://salvomag.com/article/salvo23/elegy-for-the-lion-city

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