23 Apr '13, 4am

[Chee Soon Juan]: It is a fundamentally different outlook from Mr Lee's but one that is no less legitimate. In...

[Chee Soon Juan]: It is a fundamentally different outlook from Mr Lee's but one that is no less legitimate. In...

I accept that this is how Mr Lee sees the world. A legitimate point can be made that economies are more competitive if people do not develop dependence—the so-called crutch mentality—on the state. Reliance on handouts rather than hard work blunts productivity. Better still if people are allowed to keep all that they sow. Rewarding enterprise and diligence in a capitalist system—and not the enforcement of conformity in a collectivist state—produces talent. The Steve Jobs and J K Rowlings of the world could not have emerged from North Korea. And yet, "no man is an island, entire of itself". Ms Rowling was a divorced single-parent who was diagnosed with clinical depression. For a time she was dependent on state welfare. "I couldn't have written this book if I hadn't had a few years where I had been, really, as poor as it is possible to go in the UK without being homeless," Ms...

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