We are at least 5 years behind where Shenzhen’s model will be followed closely by the rest of the world where applications may be called by a different name with a local flavour but the use is the same. Contributed by Oogle.
This sobering article gets to the core of many of the conflicts we see around the world and the changes happening.
Authoritarian regimes and everything they stand for are being rejected globally as people become educated and informed and understand what they stand for but the regimes, for many selfish reasons, resist any form of compromise or change which inevitably leads to conflict.
This process is accelerated by the masses now seeing the rest of the world as direct comparisons to themselves as well as experiencing extreme rich poor divides at home as the authoritarians enrich themselves at the expense of those they oppress and can no longer hide this Hard Truth anymore.
In the Singapore context we must hope that either our current rulers, who are showing all the signs of preparing to oppress physically if their mind games eventually fail, come to their senses and change course before the tipping point is reached or the people awake en’masse and use the small democratic window they have left to throw them of at the ballot box.
I am still surprised that there is not enough wisdom and courage left within the ruling party ranks to stand up to those who want to rule by a combination of widespread force (either psychological or physical) on the ground and what amounts to little more than legalized bribery at other levels.
Surely they must see that this is unsustainable and only genuine leadership and taking care of all and not just your own is the future across the planet and if we do not adopt this path we will have no future within it?
They could oppress for a time, maybe even long enough to let the “people” die off or emigrate but who would replace them? The foreigners they are banking on (and they are already flooding in to replace us with) will eventually not wish to be part of this and other countries will no longer accept such trading partners. Then what happens to their Machiavellian plans for total ownership and domination?
Singapore will end due to a mixture of greed, hubris, ego, incompetence and a stubbornness to know when it is time to step aside and for what? Most of them have already enriched themselves with enough wealth for many lifetimes and yet still they want more?
Either they must wake up or we collectively do else we face either quiet extinction under iron rule or going out with a Hong Kong’eseque bang under state sanctioned violence in 5 to 10 years time when our tipping point is reached.
Either way without a change of course Singapore is finished it is just a matter of time.
This is what has happened for thousands of years when dynastic rulers and dictators have risen and still continues true today. For all our “education” can’t we learn this simple fact of history?