Each of the above examples of reactionary rhetoric has its own features. The first example maligns the speaker’s opponents in an attempt to undermine their justification for speaking out, while the second dresses up the private interests of a minority as public interest, while actually seeking to justify the violation of minority interests by a purported majority. These are the kind of reactionary arguments that is often seen when someone is trying to stop society from engaging in rational debate. It is sad to hear such rhetoric from the lips of a politician, who is supposed to speak for the public, and read it from the pen of a teacher, who is traditionally respected as a paragon of virtue and learning.
Chen Tzu-yu is a freelancer.
Translated by Julian Clegg