OFF THE BRANCH ONE IS SITTING ON
the Framers of our American Constitution astutely observed,
the people retain in perpetuity the right of revolution. The
right of revolution is the right to throw out everything that
went before and start over from scratch. The right of revolution
is a fundamental right derived from nature, with logical and
moral priority over man's law.
far, so good.
problem arises when the Taiwan independence nomenklatura,
out of either ignorance or duplicity, conflates the fundamental
right of revolution with the derivative right of referendum/plebiscite.
of the DPP's obdurately pro independence legislators boast
advanced law degrees from highly respected European or Ivy
League American law schools. Yet few if any of these ostensible
legal experts grasp the critical distinction between the right
of referendum/plebiscite, and the right of revolution. They
have been educated, as the famous quip goes, beyond their
right of referendum/plebiscite under the Constitution of the
Republic of China pertains only to routine matters of public
policy, such as whether or not to build the controversial
"Nuclear Four" power plant, and then only within the legal
framework of the Republic of China.
right of referendum/plebiscite may not be invoked OUTSIDE
the constitutional framework of the very same Republic of
China from which its authority derives.
Taiwan independence nomenklatura is comprised in large part
of DPP Members of the Legislature of the Republic of China,
elected in accordance with the Constitution of the Republic
of China, deriving any and all legal authority they might
exercise from the Constitution of the Republic of China.
them to demand a referendum/plebiscite overthrowing the Republic
of China and establishing a Republic of Taiwan, while invoking
legal authority derived from provisions within the Constitution
of the Republic of China, is a constitutional law non-starter.
invoke the legal authority of a political system one is simultaneously
repudiating and attempting to overthrow, is akin to sitting
in a tree while sawing away at the branch one is sitting on.
It is akin to standing on a scaffold and taking a sledgehammer
to it, all the while denying that the scaffold is the very
thing holding you up.
Independence: Will of a Majority or Whim of an Elite?"
Lee Goes to Taipei."
independence zealots are of course free to attempt to establish
an "independent Taiwan nation" by exercising their right of
they had better realize in advance that Chinese patriots have
the equal right to prevent the disintegration of their
nation, China, that "a revolution is not a dinner party" and
sure as hell isn't a free lunch. And as recent polls make
abundantly clear, Chinese patriots far outnumber Taiwan independence
zealots, even if we count only China's Taiwan region and not
the Chinese mainland.
FOR ME BUT NOT FOR THEE
typically assert that a self-defined subset of people inhabiting
a self-defined geographical region on earth has the right
to govern itself and need answer to no "higher" authority.
proposition is either valid or it is not.
can't be both. One can't have ones' secessionist cake and
eat it too.
this is exactly what almost all secessionists, including Taiwan
secessionists, try to do.
with the exception of rigorously consistent, radical libertarian
secessionists, almost never grand subsets of individuals within
their own political entities the identical right of secession.
the prospect of political disintegration confronts them and
threatens their "independent republics," tailor-made
to suit them, they suddenly start singing a different
tune, and cite the desperate overriding need for national
unity, national sovereignty and territorial integrity.
gives them the right to claim the "self-determination moral
high ground" while simultaneously denying it to others who
would secede from them?
one purports to uphold "the right of secession" then one obligates
oneself to really and truly uphold the right of secession,
everywhere, all the time, for anybody and everybody. Otherwise
one is merely tailoring the principle of "the right to secession"
to legitimize nation-building on ones' own terms, not upholding
a hallowed, universal principle.
SECESSION VERSUS TAIWAN SECESSION
secessionists rank among the most hypocritical. For example,
the Taiwan independence elite objects to Beijing's unwillingness
to renounce the use of force in its determination to nip Taiwan
secession in the bud.
is absolutely true.
are the Taiwan independence elite. They are equally unwilling
to forswear the use of force.
have yet to encounter a single Taiwan independence advocate
willing to renounce the use of force to prevent secession
from THEIR "independent Republic of Taiwan" should IT ever
become a reality.
independence zealots have explicitly defined their "independent
Republic of Taiwan" as "Tai, Peng, Kin, Ma," short for "Taiwan,
Penghu, Kinmen, and Matsu."
have said nothing about acknowledging the equal right of anyone
who detests their "Republic of Taiwan," including Aborigines,
Hakkas and "mainlanders," the solemn right to secede from
have said nothing about forsaking in advance the use of force
to prevent secession from their precious "Republic of Taiwan"
which would lead to its political dissolution.
they never will.
the contrary. Taiwan independence zealots have threatened
to deal harshly with "Tai jian" i.e., "traitors to Taiwan"
at the appropriate time.
get a sense of what they might have in mind for those they
consider "Tai jian," one need only recall the 2-28 Incident
of 1947, when Taiwan independence fanatics, working hand in
glove with diehard Japanese Fifth Columnists, went on a week
long rampage, slaughtering thousands of unarmed "mainlanders,"
including women and children.
SECESSION VERSUS AMERICAN EMPIRE
a conscientious libertarian I myself endorse the principle
of a radical, consistent, universal right of secession, more
or less along the lines proposed by seminal Austrian economist
in our less than perfect world, implementation is invariably
selective and calculated to benefit certain political players,
and not others. To Balkanize and weaken certain political
entities, and not others.
the Benevolent Global Hegemonists in our own nation's capitol
were to practice what they so sanctimoniously preach to China,
and renounce the use of force against fellow Americans who
yearn to be free and independent of our own oppressive federal
Leviathan, hundreds of libertarian radicals would promptly
declare tiny plots of land to which they hold legal title
to be independent republics. They would conduct referenda/plebiscites
in which they voted themselves heads of state, and immediately
cease paying taxes to the Internal Revenue Service of the
United States of America.
our federal Leviathan were to refrain from using force against
this homegrown secessionist vanguard, as our meddling Washington
foreign policy elites demand Beijing do regarding Taiwan,
these independent republics would stand.
their successful precedent, countless once apathetic members
of the Great Silent Majority would promptly follow suit, and
America would soon consist of thousands, even millions of
tiny independent, or at least autonomous, republics, none
of them paying a dime in taxes to the swarms of worthless
parasites in Washington.
all know of course none of this is about to happen.
is not the point. The point is why such a scenario
is so unlikely.
reason is our own federal Leviathan itself refuses to renounce
the use of force against those would secede from our American
full well what the IRS and the police would do to him or her,
the average American citizen quite understandably calculates
that the price of genuine liberty is simply too high and every
April 14th obediently, meekly writes out a check for his or
her unconstitutional but ever escalating federal income taxes.
SECESSION VERSUS THE GREAT GAME
our foreign policy elites prattle on about "the right to self-determination"
they are not talking about genuine respect for exalted universal
principles, but about Rudyard Kipling's "The Great Game."
They are talking about "We get to divide and conquer you,
but you don't get to divide and conquer us."
long as this realpolitik status quo prevails, any foreign
political leader would have to be a complete idiot to abide
by such high-minded principles when everybody else is either
ignoring them or selectively exploiting them to their geopolitical
Taiwan independence zealots and their fellow travelers in
Tokyo and Washington are prepared to loudly, visibly, publicly
endorse and abide by a universal right to secession, not merely
for Taiwan and Tibet, but for Okinawa, Alaska, Hawaii and
Texas, for cities, counties, towns and villages within Taiwan,
they would do well to shut their mouths, as they have no right
whatsoever to speak of the "self-determination moral high