Scoff if you must, but Singaporean bureaucrats are less afraid to criticize their government than American bureaucrats are to criticize theirs. Neither group would be afraid of legal punishment; but the Americans would be more worried that saying the wrong thing would hurt their careers.
"I date the end of the old republic and the birth of the empire to the invention, in the late thirties, of air conditioning. Before air conditioning, Washington was deserted from mid-June to September.. But after air conditioning and the Second World War arrived, more or less at the same time, Congress sits and sits while the presidents - or at least their staffs - never stop making mischief."
Gore Vidal, 1987
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