[LMB] Barrayar: meeting everyone

Howard Brazee howard at brazee.net
Tue Apr 6 15:51:39 BST 2010


On 4/6/2010 8:34 AM, Francis Turner wrote:
> I think better examples could be Korea or Chile. Korea is (as I
> understand it) not much of a democracy - yes the president may change
> but the control in Korea remains with the Chaebol in the background.
> Now it seems to me that Korea is gradually becoming more democratic
> and less crony capitalist but its a slow process. Ditto Taiwan. On the
> other hand both are doing better than, say the Philipines, which was
> nominally a democracy for longer.
>    

I'm real curious about what will happen in Singapore when the man behind 
its apparent democracy dies.   He rules as a powerful behind-the-scenes 
dictator in a state that has all of the accouterments of a democracy.



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