Mon, Nov 18, 2013 - Page 8 News List

Victims are the new powerbrokers

By Liu Ching-yi 劉靜怡

For example, the Mainland Affairs Council misused the Freedom of Government Information Act (政府資訊公開法) and to define the records of 60 rounds of talks with China as drafts intended for internal use or other preparatory work to be used prior to the agency’s decisionmaking. It then used this definition as the basis for its refusal to submit the documentation to the legislature, while it ignored the material’s importance to the public interest.

The president then played the innocent victim and demanded that the legislature pass the service trade agreement despite a lack of adequate information.

It should not be a great surprise, then, when we see that the government is always friendly and polite toward big business while showing no concern or tolerance toward the average citizen with concerns over food safety or toward members of disadvantaged groups who see no other way out than to end their lives.

This politics of victims is creating a public tragedy where no one cares about anything and where everyone goes to extremes to get what they can.

To avoid paying the price for this tragedy, the first thing to do is to cast off this politics of victims.

For the young generation, there are of course many things in life that are more important than to throw shoes at protests, but throwing shoes to express their opposition and challenge these false victims may be their way of highlighting the significance of the film Beyond Beauty: Taiwan From Above (看見台灣).

Liu Ching-yi is a professor at National Taiwan University’s Graduate Institute of National Development.

Translated by Perry Svensson

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