Can Lee Kuan Yew's Legacy of Pragmatism Endure?

"Pragmatic" was a word used over and over again in glowing obituaries of Lee Kuan Yew, prime minister of Singapore for 32 years, since the day of its independence. "We are ideology-free," he told the New York Times in 2007.1 "[We ask:] Does it work? If it works, let's try it. If it's fine, let's continue it. If it doesn't work, toss it out, try another one."

Lee, who died on March 23, is being praised as...

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #33, Summer 2015 Copyright © 2020 Salvo |