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Voting is the most superficial and easiest manipulated part of democracy and leads to lousy populism, I'm still amazed that you green are still counting on it.

By the way, I'm foreigner in Taiwan and I'm pro-blue (thus against Taiwan Independance). That not mean people don't have right to chose, that just mean I have a POV on what Taiwan and Taiwanese are (Chinese).

Voting leads to lousy populism?

OK, you win. Let's abolish one-man, one-vote and let the benevolent elites take good, good care of us.

What could possibly go wrong?

Don't get me wrong I'm not the kind of "everything but green" guy, as I told you, being blue doesn't me KMT worshipper, I just have some past experiences with what "vote" really worth in our western countries (I'm French).

But what I tried to mean is that I feel amazed that pro-indenpency people always try to compare words/principles like "Freedom", "Democracy", "Self-Determinism" (I'm from Corsica, I know quite a lot about this actually) against "Economics & Business Interest", "power" and "money". We're in the real word not in the care bears one, unless you use the same means as people you are fighting against, you are simply screwed.

To come back to the vote, I still maintain that it's a wonderfully malleable and manipulable tools. Of course TW people would one day have to vote, but to think they will "all" suddenly vote for the indenpence is a great mistake. The key of the success is who will hire the best marketer and best people for the campaign...If Apple can simply sell a phone that is 2/3 of the average salary, everything is (easily) possible.

I don't believe I ever said that "all" would vote for independence, so that's kind of a red herring. In fact, I went out of my way to mention that there are people in Taiwan who would like to live in a Taiwanese Republic. And others who prefer under the PRC. And others who prefer America or even Japan.

As for political marketing, well, marketing can only take you so far -- and no further. Product quality and features count for something, too.

Otherwise, we'd all be drinking New Coke inside our Edsels.

"Product quality and features count for something, too"


The right to democracy is not a human right in the sense that freedom of religion is a human right. Democracy is simply the best method we've been able to come up with for protecting human rights.

Perhaps ideally, each person would be his own small country so that within his own country his human rights would be secure. But we know what would happen. Many small countries or groups of small countries would invade other small countries and no one's rights would be secure.

So let's take a moment to consider the words of the U.S. Declaration of Independence: "..all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights... That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed..."

There is the recognition that a government is needed to protect human rights, and that the government derives just powers from the consent of the governed. Obviously you can't get 100% consent, but with democracy you at least get 50% compliance.

Given the various cultures and peoples, in many cases you will have better agreement if your government covers a small homogeneous region. This was one of the ideas behind the US having individual states and a limited central government. It may longer be that way in the U.S., but it was a good idea nonetheless.

A good way to work things would be this: Any region of any country, provided the region is large enough and organized enough to form a viable state capable of protecting the rights of the people, should be allowed to democratically decide to leave. For the sake of general stability, a supermajority should be required for leaving, and a supermajority should be required for getting back in.

Taiwan has more than proven its ability to act as an independent viable state capable of protecting the rights of its citizens. Its future should be decided by those citizens, who can choose to be annexed by mainland China, to formalize their independence, or even to become a part of India or Angola if they so wish and the other country is willing to accept them. Whatever the decision, no change should occur without a supermajority vote.

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