Friday, 2 July 2010

Michael Scanlon vs Zheng Lizhong (鄭立中)

"At the conference on Tuesday, Zheng is also reported to have said: “The ECFA is an economic issue. No individual or group should manipulate it for political gain.”

Here, Zheng is lying. As George Orwell wrote in 1984: “In our age, there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics.’ All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.”
That's the conclusion to a Michael Scanlon letter published in today's Timid Times. Scanlon is entirely right to rip into Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait Vice Chairman Zheng Lizhong (鄭立中) in that way. Yet there is something missing in that Orwell quotation - what he should have added is that most issues should not be political issues.

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