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Does Taiwan has domocrasy?
送交者: 言真轻 2009月10月14日13:19:20 于 [教育学术] 发送悄悄话
回  答: I disagree. ibelieu 于 2009-10-14 12:29:37
I don't want to open another topic. But I do not think whatever they did in Taiwan can be called Democracy according to Western standards. Anyway, it is different topic. 

China, as its history showed, was not stable at all in terms of ruling powers. But on another hand, as a social recognition level, it is very stable. Why is that? Well, look at the Hanzi, it has been super stable comparing with other spelling languages for about three thousand and five hundred years. Chinese as whole has nothing new in their mind and it has been very resistant to any changes per your words. If we look at Chinese history, there are very few well known philosophers and almost no philosophical thoughts contribution to the world. Chinese society has been as stable as hanzi itself for thousands of years. It perfectly proved what I said, without language inventions, there will be no new social recognitions. China is a perfect case and thank you for bringing that up.  

It is politically right for Chomsky to say that. He will never say anything to attack another language. But he did say that language has everything to do with human recognition and he became famous by this discovery. He does need to say anything about individual language and his theories already said everything he could in different ways. Don't take his words literately, but ready his works and you will understand what is happening. 

Besides, Chomsky does not understand Chinese and that will stop him to say anything bad about Chinese. Should he knew Chinese, he would surely have said something differently.  

We don't have to understand everything before we open our mouth. Debating is a good way to test what you learned and to see if it makes any sense. No one can understand everything, not you, not me, not even Chomsky. But everyone is talking. You are talking and I am too. If some one ask you the same question in different perspective: "how could you stop people from talking without knowing the topic perfectly?", what can you say? 

You are welcome to join the topic when you have time. I never met anyone who come here with good reasoning on this topic. I hope you have even though it may prove me wrong. I will be happy. 

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