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The Shift toward Deliberation

December 12, 2017

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by Theodore Lai Throughout much of Singapore’s history, the PAP government has prided itself on consistently attaining electoral support of the majority. In spite of this, the government continues to be plagued with accusations of authoritarianism. The situation invites us to ask the question: Does this electoral support reflect a form of political representation that […]

Why the Religious Should Not Mind Their Own Business

December 7, 2017

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by Peter Ooi Teik Aun LGBT rights activists in Singapore are speaking up, and religious groups are declaring their public opposition. But do the voices of the religious belong in the public sphere at all?   On the appointed day, a sea of Singaporeans dressed in pink will flood the lawn in Hong Lim Park […]

Voting with your ‘Like’: Investigating democratic values in the community of Facebook

December 7, 2017

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by Seow Yongzhi Alexis de Tocqueville observed in 1835 that in the transition from aristocracy to democracy, the tight hierarchical organisation of society dissolved into a broad horizontal mass of equal individuals. The challenge for democratic organisation, characterised by social equality, was collective organisation without a built-in leader. Tocqueville’s solution was the newspaper that could […]

Uncle Sam Bites the Apple?

December 6, 2017

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by Yulin Mao Tim Cook, boss of the Apple Republic, is rallying his citizens who happen to be residents of the United States to wage a war. The enemy is the American government. Cook is worried that the Leviathan is about to go wild, and many sympathize with him. A replay of the story. The […]

Public Participation in Times of the Migrant Crisis

December 6, 2017

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by Aaron Kurzak Germany’s “Willkommenskultur”, or welcoming culture towards migrants and refugees from the Middle East and North Africa beginning in the summer of 2015 garnered great praise from around the world. However, within the European Union and in particular on the domestic front, Chancellor Merkel’s unilateral tour de force has faced stiff opposition and […]

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