October 23, 2007
Voting Tsang style
Sure it's been done to death (pardon the pun) but The Don's no retracted view of the Cultural Revolution as extreme democracy proves something interesting. First what the Don said:
Mr Tsang was speaking to government radio RTHK on Friday.This falls back on a typical fallacy: that democracy means "the people taking power into their own hands". If I'm not mistake, that's anarchy, a state that more accurately describes the Cultural Revolution. Democracy isn't just about going to a ballot box every so often, although that's a start. It's about that vote being equal for every member of society, rather than having functional constituencies that allow vested interests to have a veto and vote in Legco. But it is also about a free press, independent courts, rights to assembly and protest.
On the other hand, the Cultural Revolution is the complete opposite of that. Indeed it was largely about a meglomaniac running riot (again, pardon the pun) over his country in order for him to consolidate his grip on the party and country after the disaster of the Great Leap Forward.
No-one really believed The Don when he campaigned on "solving" the democracy issue within the next 5 years. But the lack of understanding shown by his inept comparison is enough to make one hope that we don't get Tsang-style democracy anytime soon.posted by Simon on 10.23.07 at 01:39 PM in the Hong Kong democracy/politics category.
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