For decades he has developed his brain as a mix of British positivism, classic Chinese Sun Tzu strategizing, and flat-out Singaporean nationalism.
He is always knocked about by human rights organizations of the West for Singapore’s near-automatic death-to-drug-dealers policy and general stern sentencing policies. Few Westerners find charming his wily ways of manhandling serious political opponents.
For many Westerners, in fact, Singapore is little more than a technologically psyched-up, soft-core gulag of caning, don’t walk on the grass (and don’t smoke any grass), no chewing gum allowed, don’t do anything unless we tell you it’s not specifically prohibited, and be careful if you openly criticize the founder of modern Singapore because the inherited and still-used British anti-defamation laws tilt toward representatives of the state.
“No, your job as a leader is to inspire and to galvanize, not to share your distraught thoughts. You make your people dispirited.” For Lee, serious, competent governance requires making difficult policy choices and seeing them through to effect, even against strong opposition and the tide of public opinion. 
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