Prima facie, Singapore seems like an idyllic “Nanny State” nation, with the absence of the abject penury that we typically see under tyrannical regimes. However, is the veneer of safety and cleanliness worth relinquishing individual rights? If so, can such a society be sustainable long term? Can the state-sanctioned orderly nature of Singapore endure the trials and tribulations of the next century? Only time will tell, but to quote the Robert Frost poem, “Nothing Gold Can Stay”.


7 thoughts on “Friday Feature Film- Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (Singapore)

    1. That is true.

      However, that is even true in Goodyear, Arizona.

      One key difference would probably be the rate of enforcement. Singapore has a massive surveillance infrastructure, the authorities find out very quickly if you have violated the rules.

      Goodyear= to quote George Carlin “Cop didn’t see it, I didn’t do it.” While US cities have advanced their municipal surveillance equipment over the years, they still can’t hold a candle to SG.

      There’s definitely trade offs between more and less surveillance. Personally, I prefer much less. Especially at the airport! The TSA agents get too up-close-and-personal, in my opinion.

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