Conversations with Lee Kuan Yew: Citizen Singapore: How to Build a Nation by Tom Plate
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Lee Kuan Yew says things out loud that no American dare say. He's an authoritarian - it is his way or the highway - yet he makes SO MUCH SENSE. Many years ago, he predicted the direction in which America is now headed. He explains clearly the idea of American excellence and understands it better than the bulk of Americans. He also explains why American excellence is dead and/or dying. He detests laziness and he is an inveterate capitalist. His views would never go over well in a pure democracy, much less the democratic republic to which we now cling pointlessly.
It is Lee Kuan Yew's analysis of the system through which we elect our officials that is most compelling.
For any individual who wants to take a hard look at America, not from within its borders, but from the eyes of a tremendously successful authoritarian, this is a very worthy read. LKY is not perfect. He he is old, he is now retired (to the title Minister Mentor Yew) in Singapore, and he just doesn't care what anyone thinks of him. So, he speaks plainly and Lord knows the world needs more of that!!!
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