The Land of South Africa | South Africa’s Aggressive Land Reforms

Cyril Ramaphosa, the President of South Africa, has embarked on a campaign to permit the state redistribution of farmland, pre-dominantly owned by Whites, without offering compensation. The legal hurdle confronting Ramaphosa is Article 25 of the South African Bill of Rights which explicitly mandates land expropriation to be subject to compensation. Ramaphosa…
Ong Jia Yi Justin
August 27, 2018

Jack Ma is wrong on success

Recently, an article was published with an excerpt from a book written by the Chinese businessman Jack Ma. This was under the title "Hard work is overrated: Why Jack Ma told employees to be lazy". The strange idea here is that, according to Jack Ma, one does not need to…
Bryan Cheang
August 3, 2018

What about monopolies?

One of the main criticisms levelled against the free market is the concept of market dominance, or market power. Free markets are great, but they often lead to the accumulation of power by certain firms, who end up as monopolies, or so the argument goes. One firm may eventually end…
Bryan Cheang
June 24, 2018

Cuddly Communism, Secret Slavery & Dying Daddies

A Tale of Historical Revisionism The casual negligence of zeroes in fatalities, the clandestine concealment of narratives — these are strategies part and parcel of historical revisionism that even you may already have been unconsciously exposed to in your newspapers and textbooks. Independent of the pursuit of truth, the literature…
Ong Jia Yi Justin
June 22, 2018

The Failure of Central Planning: Singapore’s metro system

In 2017, Singapore’s Mass Rapid Transport (SMRT) has been embroiled in successive failures in its train service and public faith has dwindled to the point where disruptions have been normalised into daily commutes. Flooded tunnels, the incompatibility of new trains and train systems were clear indications of SMRT’s callousness and…
Wesley Goh
May 22, 2018

Is Restricting Immigration To Protect Culture Justified?

One common and persistent objection to increasing immigration is an appeal to the protection of a society’s culture. Letting more immigrants into a country, according to the cultural objection, would have the undesired effect of changing the cultural landscape and social customs of the destination country. Implicit in this view…
Donovan Choy
May 2, 2018

URA right to let residents decide on home-sharing

Mr Toh Cheng Seong raised concern that the Urban Redevelopment Authority's (URA) proposed rule requiring 80 per cent of residents to consent to short-term stays neglects the 20 per cent who oppose it (Condos should get 100% consent on home-sharing; April 18). He suggested that 100 per cent consent be…
Yew Chii Ming
April 26, 2018