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Dubai follows an Asian model, but not that of Taiwan and Singapore

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Submitted by Michael S (United States), Dec 10, 2017 at 02:51

"Thus does Dubai fit the "Asian model," where the "tigers" of Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, and South Korea grew rich with limited freedoms and pervasive government involvement in the economy."

Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and South Korea all have many more freedoms and less government interference in the economy than the UAE. If it fits an "Asian model", it more closely resembles that of China -- a powerful and still growing economy, but a place of very limited freedom. Countries in this situation include:

Colombia
Mexico
Iran
South Africa
Saudi Arabia
United Arab Emirates
Russia
China People's Republic
Malaysia
Thailand

These are major competitors of the US. Politically, they are throw-backs to the Pre-Industrial Era of mostly absolute monarchies. Some places, like the Spanish Empire and the Italian city-states, amassed considerable wealth, without relinquishing tight governmental control. The Industrial Revolution itsel, and the explosive growth that accompanied it, though, came to countries like the US and the UK, which had constitutional governments and limited liability corporations, along with genuine freedom of religion.

I believe that in these times, too, countries that make their wealth by oppression and intolerance will again fall by the wayside. This includes the nanny states of the West, which increasingly denythe God of Israel and have become self-absorbed.

Government as we know it, is heading toward a total collapse, in only a few years. The UAE will collapse; the US will collapse; China and Russia will collapse; the EU will collapse. What will remain are the Word of God and its author, the King of the Universe; and those who know Him and obey His ways, will do exploits.


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Does Dubai manufacture anything or is it just a consumer of Western/Asian goods and servies? [216 words]
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AnkaraDec 20, 2017 08:44241627
1Dubai follows an Asian model, but not that of Taiwan and Singapore [273 words]Michael SDec 10, 2017 02:51241516
2Dubai a Miracle?? REALLY? [398 words]Peter HallJan 19, 2018 08:04241516
"No Soul" [127 words]Michael SJan 19, 2018 20:44241516
2Is Dubai a miracle? [144 words]dhimmi no moreJan 20, 2018 07:24241516
Torch Tower [8 words]Michael SJan 24, 2018 04:00241516
1For Michael S: The torch tower, Ibn Khaldun, and the Arabs! [102 words]dhimmi no moreJan 30, 2018 08:50241516
2Dubai: fragile? [170 words]
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johnDec 9, 2017 23:39241513
1The litmus test for all nations including Dubai. [93 words]PrashantJan 20, 2018 16:02241513
Sounds wonderful; especially for it's citizens, but.... [30 words]Michael RosenbergDec 8, 2017 12:41241501
2Oil's Curse. [34 words]
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