Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Intellectual Morons

The title of Daniel J Flynn's book, "Intellectual Morons, How Ideology Makes Smart People Fall For Stupid Ideas," posits that ideology deludes, inspires dishonesty, and breeds fanaticism. That one sentence explains why Singapore should be free of the shackles of one-party dominance that is destroying society as we know it. For years they have been telling the populace: why bother thinking when the guru provides all the answers? The good news is that Singaporeans are thinking, and they are seeing that their leaders have put their brains on autopilot while feasting on the taxpayers' money. How else to account for the gibberish uttered by the one time Cambridge scholar who graudated First Class Honours in Law:

“One-man-one-vote is a most difficult form of government.. Results can be erratic.”
- Lee Kuan Yew, Dec 19 1984

“What are our priorities? First, the welfare, the survival of the people. Then, democratic norms and processes which from time to time we have to suspend.”
- Lee Kuan Yew, 1986 National Day Rally

“Now if democracy will not work for the Russians, a white Christian people, can we assume that it will naturally work with Asians?”
- Lee Kuan Yew, Asahai Shimbun symposium, May 9, 1991

“With few exceptions, democracy has not brought good government to new developing countries…What Asians value may not necessarily be what Americans or Europeans value. Westerners value the freedoms and liberties of the individual. As an Asian of Chinese cultural backround, my values are for a government which is honest, effective and efficient.”
- Lee Kuan Yew in speech entitled ‘Democracy, Human Rights and the Realities’, Tokyo, Nov 10, 1992

“I’m not intellectually convinced that one-man-one-vote is the best. We practise it because that’s what the British bequeathed us.”
- Lee Kuan Yew, 1994

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