I have realized that the same words do not have necessarily mean the same ideas. This country is known for its economic freedom. But if this is the best the world can offer I am not impressed.
Under the pretty blankets of apparent economic freedom I see stories like what Hank Rearden had to endure. Mustaq Ahmad had always had more customers than the never-been-used SCDF regulation allowed him to have ever since the opening of City Square Mall in that area. It is obvious that the City Square “progressive businessmen of our dynamic age” a.k.a the “the pull peddlers” are well networked by usual cronies of the commercial world in Singapore.
Is a man not entitled to the sweat of his brow? Why is success a virtue only until it is achieved and a vice once you are successful?
I sense a new type of socialist world in the making: a world where the more a man produces, the closer he comes to the loss of all his rights, until, if his ability is great enough, he becomes a rightless creature delivered as prey to any claimant—while in order to be placed above rights, above principles, above morality, placed where anything is permitted to him, even plunder and murder, all a man has to do is to be in need.