When a Red like me wants to argue for something like universal health care or free college tuition, we can point to dozens of wealthy democratic societies doing just that. The Stalinist left is nothing more than a faint memory. But where are the libertarian Utopias?
General Pinochet’s Chile was a longtime favorite. But seeing as how it relied onÂ a fascist coup””with a big assist from Nixon and Kissinger””Chile’s lost a bit of that Cold War luster. So these days, for the slightly more with-it libertarian, we getÂ SingaporeÂ as the model of choice.
Hey, isn’t that whereÂ the Facebook guy livesÂ these days? That’s pretty ”œhip”!
Ah, Singapore: a city-state near the very top in the world when it comes to ”œnumber of police” and ”œexecution rate” per capita. It’s a charming little one-party state where soft-core pornography is outlawed, labor rights are almost nonexistent and gay sex is banned. Expect a caning if you break a window. And death for a baggie of cocaine.
But hey: no capital gains tax! (Freedom!)
h/t Jacobin (+1 for excellent mullet action)