Singapore: The Rational Society as Technocracy

The Dark Fantastic: Literature, Philosophy, and Digital Arts


Human beings, regrettable though it may be, are inherently vicious and have to be restrained from their viciousness.’ –  Lee Kuan Yew

In a recent post Nick Land refers to an old essay by William Gibson Disneyland with the Death Penalty (1993) about the absolute rational society of Singapore, a technocratic City State transformed under the direction of Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s first premier. As one commentator tells us it was Yew’s unique destiny to construct a rational society, whose guiding vision was of a state that would not simply survive, but prevail by excelling. Superior intelligence, discipline, and ingenuity would substitute for resources. He summoned his compatriots to a duty that they had never previously perceived: first to clean up their city, then to dedicate it to overcome the initial hostility of their neighbors and their own ethnic divisions by superior performance.1

One could say that Singapore is the…

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One thought on “Singapore: The Rational Society as Technocracy

  1. Who restrains the restrainers? This makes my blood run cold. Makes me want to learn how to make bombs and blow things up. My idea of the perfect hell: the Singapore Republic.


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