*Singapore, Singapura: From Miracle to Complacency*

By Nicholas Walton, here is my blurb for the book:

“What better way to discover Singapore than to walk across it? In this splendid book, Walton serves up riches of the island’s history, geography, economics, and, most of all, serendipity.”

Due out March 1, pre-order here.


'and, most of all, serendipity'

Well, some might say that Sri Lanka has the best claim to 'serendipity.'

'It was invented by the writer and politician Horace Walpole in 1754 as an allusion to Serendip, an old name for Sri Lanka. Walpole was a prolific letter writer, and he explained to one of his main correspondents that he had based the word on the title of a fairy tale, The Three Princes of Serendip, the heroes of which ‘were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of ’.' https://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2012/03/30/what-is-the-origin-of-serendipity/

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serendipity doesn't hold a match to forces of nature. Affleck, you'll admit, gives at least one line in each film that is presented in rapturous....jubilee. there is nothing super about misunderstanding kate moss for kate Bosworth.

It's going to be ending of mine day, but before eend I am reading this enormous paragraph to improve
my experience.

Unrelated to the above, but this should be a hilarious niche book presenting a fringe thesis. Whatever you may think of the idea, the author knows about weird history. I don't believe the thesis but I still expect to be highly entertained. http://www.teemingbrain.com/2018/05/24/an-interview-with-gary-lachman-on-occult-politics-nihilism-and-the-dangerous-powers-of-imagination/

Here is a fun interview with the author. His thesis is something William Gibson might include in a novel. That's how it sounds to me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6LlkCsQSq0


Did he walk all the way out to Jurong?

As far as walks go it's hardly the most incredulous.

Its about 30km. A few years ago as a reasonably fit 38 year old I walked about 10km through Singapore's streets, took me 7 hours including time resting and re-hydrating and was pretty shagged out afterwards.

Amazon blurb: "There are challenges ahead, from public complacency and the constraints of authoritarian democracy to changing geographic realities and the difficulties of balancing migration in such a tiny state." Is it the constraints of authoritarian democracy that has produced public complacency? Cowen is the Singapore expert and I've never been there, but my observation is that the Singapore miracle was no miracle but rather the consequence of the China miracle. As goes China, so goes Singapore. It's also my observation that the government in Singapore is smart enough not to present a threat to China. How so? Look where the Singapore sovereign funds invest. That's anything but complacency. Or is it? As goes China, so goes Singapore.

Lee Kuan Yew said that Singapore's development would not have been possible without the invention of mass air conditioning at the same time.

What better way to discover Singapore than to walk across it?

It's certainly a good way to discovery how humid it is there. You'd be dripping sweat in 10 minutes. But once you've reached the saturation point where your clothes can't get any wetter, I'm sure the walk will be fun.

Has anyone read Singapore: Unlikely Power by John Curtis Perry?

When will economist learn that it is very easy to fast grow an economy using the Japanese model:

1) Start with manufacturing base for export economies.
2) Devise an economy that slows family formation.
3) Everybody lifestyle is improving and thus happy to contribute to economy.
4) Strong education.
5) Grow like crazy and libertarian economist state they are miracle and we should duplicate the model of low wages.

Once the miracle economy hits middle income realities, growth slows down as the economy does not have as many low wage workers due slow family formation and a new generation of educated people.

6) Import low wage workers from neighbouring poor countries.

I don't watch television, so I was unfamiliar with Crazy Rich Asians. Little did I know. https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/08/singapore/568567/

One of the richest countries in the world in total trade, financial transactions and exchange of ideas.

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