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Singapore at 50 Needs to Relax a Little

Its government would benefit from a bit more dissent.

All together now.

Photographer: Bryan van der Beek/Getty Images

Singapore is throwing itself a grand 50th-anniversary party this weekend, and it has plenty to celebrate. Its income per capita has grown from roughly $540 in 1965 to more than $55,000 in 2014. That's about the same as the U.S. and on par with the richest countries in Europe. If ever there was an economic miracle, Singapore is it.

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