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Basic Capabilities, How Universal Are They?

December 6, 2017

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by Yang Xuerui [IMAGE] Nussbaum advocates for a universal metric of basic capabilities. However, a Tibetan village that maintains a traditional way of living may challenge her progressive outlook towards ensuring certain basic capabilities.   Imagine a community. It is situated at a disadvantageous location and lacking natural resources, and develops through limited subsidies. The […]

Universal Basic Service

December 6, 2017

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by Victoire Marie Brett According to a PwC report written in March 2017[1], robots could steal 38% of jobs in the United-States, 35% in Germany, 30% in the United Kingdom, and 21% in Japan by the early 2030s. Robots are going to be tomorrow’s workforce. This technological shift will profoundly challenge societies’ economy leading to […]

The affirmative action problem: The case of Sciences-Po.

December 6, 2017

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by Valentin Boissais A problem … In 2001, Sciences-Po have changed its admission procedures, there are now two ones. The first one is an entrance examination (which has always existed). Considered as one of the hardiest in France, it consists in three writing examinations : English, History, and one to choose between literature, mathematic and […]

Meritocracy Gone Wrong: Work for Reward, Reward for What? Examining the justice of exam-based meritocracy in Singapore from a Rawlsian perspective

December 6, 2017

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by Tan Yi-Qin Edina INTRODUCTION Despite Singapore’s high literacy rate of 96.8%, she also has one of the highest wealth inequalities in the world[1]. Given that education, especially when successfully administered nation-wide, is supposed to play a huge role as a social-economic leveller, it is clear that somewhere, something went wrong. Is Singapore’s huge wealth […]

Loneliness is political: understanding loneliness in society through a Rawlsian lens

December 6, 2017

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by Tan Xian Li Joshua We are becoming lonelier as a society. Laura Alcock-Ferguson, writing for City Lab, says that loneliness is a crisis – “one of the greatest challenges we face as a society” [1]. Vivek Murthy, writing for the Harvard Business Review, points out that “the world is suffering from an epidemic of […]

Should Singapore Implement the Minimum Wage?

December 6, 2017

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by Kwek Jia Qi A minimum wage is the lowest remuneration an employee must receive. In US, the federal minimum wage is USD $7.25/hour; in UK, the minimum wage is £7.50/hour; in France it is €9.76/hour[1]. In Singapore, however, there is no minimum wage. This government rejects minimum wage for three reasons. First, employees are […]

Helping Eddie: The Need for a Universal Basic Income

December 6, 2017

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by Keefe Liew Wen-Jun In “Ploughing On: The Faces and Insecurities of Singapore’s Elderly Working Poor”, Cunico, Lim, and Han describe the story of Eddie (1-2). Eddie is a 63-year-old Singaporean with no lifesavings. He is unable to hold full-time employment because he is the sole caretaker of his deaf brother. Although Eddie has a […]

Streaming in Singapore: Is Mere Evolution in Education Enough for Equality?

December 6, 2017

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by Hoo Yong Chuan, Shawn With effect from 2021, the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) scoring system will be modified to reduce the number of possible scores from over 200 to just 29. The changes announced in 2016 to the Singapore student’s first major national examination was aimed at promoting holistic education and reducing stress […]

Singapore’s Riches: How Much is Too Much? Rethinking Pro-Wealth Policies in Consideration of the Rest

December 6, 2017

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by Dinh Hai Bao Lien   73% of total country wealth is controlled by the wealthiest 20%. The poorest 20%, on the other hand, handles 1% of overall wealth[1].   Why is this the case?   There is strong institutional and sociocultural evidence for how the Singapore system supports wealth and wealth accumulation.   PART […]

Thinking about thinking soldiers: Egalitarianism in National Service

December 4, 2017

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by Timothy Goh Jin Kwang This year, Singapore celebrated 50 years of NS[1] to much aplomb: a massive Army Open House held at the F1 Pit, an extended NS50 dynamic defence display at the National Day Parade, distribution of $100 vouchers to every NSMan[2] in Singapore, and much more. To any casual observer, it would […]

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