15 Dec '11, 12pm

Why Greater Equality in Developed Countries Makes Societies Stronger

do you think egalitarianism can only be achieved with homogeneity? what struck me in richard wilkinson's charts was that all the countries which were most egalitarian, are also probably the most homogenous by race/ethnicity. i am wondering does homogeneity really make progressive policies easier to swallow for the society? in a way, this is related to the argument that LHL made in his parliament speech, in explaining why Singapore cannot be like the nordic countries and requires an active state participation. [although as a side note, i have always thought it is a stretch to imagine singapore as a heterogeneous state when we are clearly a chinese ethnicity dominated society... or to claim that the nordic country does not have active state participation, when the public sector makes up by far the largest component in the danish and swedish if not all the nordic countries' e...

Full article: http://singaporemind.blogspot.com/2011/10/richard-wilkins...

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