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The Seduction of the Simple: Insights on Singapore's future directions by Devadas Krishnadas

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1.3 EVOLVING POLITICAL IDEAS

•   Protests That Matter

•   When Pragmatism Is Not A Virtue

•   Ideas And Ideals

•   Making More Of The Bukit Batok By-Election: A Race For The Bottom

•   Saying Goodbye To Chee

PROTESTS THAT MATTER

First published in the Straits Times, 22 October 2014

The continuing protests in Hong Kong have received international attention. Some commentators, both internationally and locally, have made comparisons between the protest culture in Hong Kong and in Singapore and concluded that the former reflects dynamism and vitality while the latter reflects conformity and apathy.

Such superficial extrapolations are not worthwhile. It would be more meaningful to ask when and why disruptive protests, whether on a large scale as ...

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