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Editor’s Pick: Days of Reflection for MM Lee Kuan Yew
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Phi Beta Iota: It is typical of the West to believe that its Weberian and faux democratic processes are the “best way,” and to destroy (African, South American) or disparage (Asian) alternative forms of leadership. One has to live within the environment Lee Kuan Yew created to appreciate the extraordinary nature of his leadership. It is safe to say that his appreciation for intelligence is two-fold: demanding that all of his Ministers and legislators be educated (Singapore requires an earned MBA or equivalent as a pre-qualification for legislative candidacy) and that Singapore excell at computer processing, knowledge management, and toward organizational intelligence; and (we speculate) demanding that counter-intelligence against subversion from the West and others be the very best. The best book on intelligence in English out of Singapore, one that captures what Singpore is capable of, is Thomas Quiggin’s Seeing the Invisible: National Security Intelligence in an Uncertain Age (World Scientific Publishing Company, 2007).
Singapore took a very wrong turn falling prey to Admiral Poindexter’s Total Information Awareness that appears to have found a home there, and to the snake oil from Cognitive Edge and others that mean well (e.g. the Arlington Institute) but actually have no clue about how to achieve M4IS2–intelligence with integrity in the public interest. We now look to Malaysia and Indonesia and perhaps Brunei for more interesting melded advances.
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