- Both sides
- current events
- Ministries and agencies
- 31 Article
[Cross-strait Express Review No. 512]
The "2020 elections" in Taiwan have entered the countdown stage. Since the "democratic transition" in 1987, Taiwan has gone through three political party rotations. It stands to reason that Taiwan's democracy should go more mature, but is this really the case?
As a native of Taiwan, I feel that the crisis of democratic governance has emerged in Taiwan. Today's democratic system in Taiwan is even more disappointing.
First of all, there is no progress in the actual connotation of Taiwan's political system. Many Taiwanese people hope that the democratic governance can make the Taiwan authorities more transparent and more advanced. In fact, due to blue-green fighting and ideological disputes, the governors often overthrow. The "front" policy has made many policies unsustainable and has caused Taiwan's economic development to stagnate. In 1992, Taiwan's total economy accounted for 45% of the mainland. Today, Taiwan's economy only accounts for 4.5% of the mainland. The mainland continues to move forward with the growth rate of one Taiwan's economy each year. Whoever is good in development is judged badly.
Secondly, as the "ban on newspapers" was lifted after the "military lifting" was lifted, the island's media were in full bloom, and the media seemed to be very free, but it became a direct driver of Taiwan's political attrition. Because to some extent, due to the fierce competition of Taiwanese media, Taiwan has the world ’s highest density SNG broadcast trucks and 24-hour news reports and commentary TV channels. With the direct acquisition of media by corporate capitalists, for the sake of ratings, Taiwan ’s media today are often free to speak up. Politicians and current affairs commentators are accustomed to swearing and telling each other on news commentary programs. As a viewing group, Taiwanese people are still happy and accustomed Over time, Taiwanese people have become accustomed to watching “heavy taste” of media reviews and breaking news. On the other hand, news with international perspectives and in-depth ratings has been downturned. Therefore, it is said that the chaos in Taiwan ’s media has directly caused Taiwan ’s democracy to become populist. A big push can not be overstated.
Third, frequent elections use ideology as the main axis of elections, which directly leads to differentiation and internal friction in Taiwan. On average, every two years, the election has not been completed for a long time, and various political parties have to go out again for the next election. In particular, Taiwan's "democratization" was born with "localization" and "de-Chineseization", which directly led to the blue Under the Green Fight, ideological disputes such as “unification issues”, “ethnic issues”, “identification issues”, etc. In order to use unscrupulous means for elections, tragic performances such as smearing, buttoning, and kneeling of the whole family have become commonplace in the Taiwan elections, even the closest family It will also be killed because of the different ideology of political parties. With this development, Taiwan ’s democracy has a coat of regular elections, but populism has become increasingly fierce.
In fact, think about it calmly. Taiwan, once regarded as a model of "the third wave of democracy" by western political scholars, is just like many countries and regions that have been pushed by the United States for Western forms of democracy. Even the big brother of this system, the American democratic system, has also faced severe challenges. The United States has been studying everywhere in Taiwan, and now it has entered this mud. Therefore, reviewing the actions of the Taiwan authorities' "rulers" through administrative and legal means throughout 2019, to the recent "2020 elections" to combat the omnipotence of political opponents, the various smears of the media network, and then look at Taiwan. The predicament of the development of real democracy, the combination of the two, and the last bitterness is still the people of Taiwan. (Author: Luoding Jun, Shenyang City, Taiwan Business Association Deputy Secretary-General)
(This article is submitted by netizens and does not represent the views of China Taiwan Net.)
[Responsible editor: Li Jie]