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·自由主义在近代中国(21、22)徐复观:自由儒家
·殷海光:自由的悲剧征象- 自由主义在近代中国(23、24)
·脱“毛”变人——点评时闻以观国运
·从“坐而言”到“起而行”: 雷震与《自由中国》自由主义在近代中国(25、26)
·张季鸾:近代独立报人——自由主义在近代中国(27、28)
·雅虎:双手沾血
·张君劢:宪政主义、民族主义、新儒家——三位一体—自由主义在近代中国(29、30、31)
·筚路蓝缕 以启山林—刘晓波《未来的自由中国在民间》序
·萧公权:中国宪政理论的先驱——自由主义在近代中国— 自由主义在近代中国(32、33)
·山雨欲来的中国金融
·林语堂:中西交流的桥梁—自由主义在近代中国
·两党制:台湾勾出轮廓
·潘光旦:新人文思想者—— 自由主义在近代中国(36、37)
·刘宾雁祭
·梁实秋:旷达雅致自由的文学家——自由主义在近代中国(40、41)
·张佛泉:自由的卓越阐释者—— 自由主义在近代中国(38、39)
·中国维权律师与美丽岛案—— 从高智晟律师案谈起
·陈寅恪:学术独立的中国典范——自由主义在近代中国
·精神病、偏执狂,精神先知? ——从林昭所想到的
·中国政治转型的诱因
·顾准:孤独的先知 ——自由主义在近代中国(46、47、48)
·林昭:中国的圣女——自由主义在近代中国(49、50、51)
·五十年回首:反斯秘密报告
·值得两岸民众关注的五个问题—— 陈奎德教授在“2006年海外华人新思路”佛州研讨会上的发言
·遇罗克:红色中国争人权的先驱——自由主义在近代中国(52,53)
·说古论今看两会
·李慎之:晚鸣的自由钟——自由主义在近代中国(54-55)
·“崛起梦”是如何灭国的?
·六四断想:去国十七年……
·杨小凯:经济学家的宪政理念——自由主义在近代中国(58-61)
·必也更名乎?——哀中共八十五岁文
·海水泛蓝入赤县
·王小波:自由而幽默的文学魂—— 自由主义在近代中国(56,57)
·文明的自我拯救
·多事之秋,战乱之始?
·变与不变: 美国外交与对华政策
·民族主义的解毒剂—— 评刘晓波《单刃毒剑——中国民族主义批判》
·余英时:序陈奎德著《煮酒论思潮》——大陆当前思潮的发展
·余英时素描
·回望2006中国
·中国2006外交一瞥
·“不争论”寿终正寝
·“奥运拐点”,八面来风:汉城奥运与北京奥运
·民主溯源(1)
·民主溯源(2)
·民主溯源(3):古罗马共和制度
·民主溯源(4)——罗马帝国的政治
·民主溯源(5)——中世纪代议制民主的萌芽
·《新自由论》(1988年版)——第一章
·《新自由论》(1988年版)——第二章
·自由产生秩序——《新自由论》(1988年版)第三章
·《新自由论》(1988年版)——第四章
·五七道德后遗症
·五七道德后遗症
·自由与法治—《新自由论》(1988年版)第五章
·自由与文化—《新自由论》(1988年版)第六章
·结语:自由、风险、责任—《新自由论》(1988年版)第七章
·中国自由主义在文革中的萌芽
·北京“密友”排座次
·中国自由主义在文革中的萌芽
·中国罗生门
·“毛纲解钮”:耕者有其田 居者有其地——中国土地私有化暗潮
·“毛纲解钮”:耕者有其田 居者有其地——中国土地私有化暗潮
·「党天下」的奠基礼
·“党天下”的奠基礼——论中共建政初期的三大运动
·王储 选帝侯 黑厅政治
·包遵信 vs. 秘密警察国家
·风向转换:民主国际的对华外交
·风向转换:民主国际的对华外交
·世界民主同盟呼之欲出
·世界民主同盟呼之欲出
·雪域诗韵——盛雪诗集《觅雪魂》序
·二零零七:未完成的交响
·二零零七:未完成的交响
·三十年,什么“东”“西”?
·三十年,什么“东”“西”?
·三场大选与中国“两会”
·三场大选与中国“两会”
·恭贺台湾 恭贺民主
·恭贺台湾 恭贺民主
·响应达赖喇嘛呼吁
·响应达赖喇嘛呼吁
·怯懦的审判
·自强运动与改革开放——一个历史比较
·自强运动与改革开放——一个历史比较
·2008,“文化冷战”滥觞?
·2008,“文化冷战”滥觞?
·从控制记忆到控制街头——反西方浪潮观感
·从控制记忆到控制街头——反西方浪潮观感
·西藏撬动世界格局
·何以为师?何以为戒?——中日关系一瞥
·假如是你,被埋在废墟下……?
·废墟上,硝烟中,民间社会凸显
·今又六四,多事之秋……
·天上人间的共鸣——恭贺天安门母亲网站开通!
·天上人间的共鸣 —— 贺天安门母亲网站开通
·倒退是死路
·从布什访华看江泽民的从政特色
·普及胡适
·北韩的核游戏
·北韩的核游戏
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恭贺台湾 恭贺民主

台湾大选,尘埃落定。在野的国民党马英九先生当选总统。台湾成功完成了民主转型后第四次总统直选,同时,实现了第二次政党轮换。台湾的政党政治,已然成形。此次选举的理性平和,超出舆论预料,值得为台湾人浮一大白。

   从宏观历史的角度看,台湾这次选举,惊人地呈现了可持续的稳定的新兴民主政体发展的一般逻辑:

   第一波真正选举(1996),原威权统治政党余威犹存,影响仍大,因而赢得选举。既然原主宰性政党没有立即下台,社会避免了即刻的急剧震荡,为渐进转型赢得了时间与空间。

   第二波(2000,2004),在党禁报禁开放且已运作了充分时间之后,在野的反对党迅速壮大,原执政者的历史黑幕与伤疤被暴露于光天化日之下。威权老党名声扫地,终被取代,为其专制的历史付出代价。

   第三波(2008),原在野党上台后,擅长的街头政治和竞选方略顿无用武之地,已变身为执政党的原在野党,尚未完成从“反对”到“建设”的角色转换。对于执政,政治准备不足,管理经验不足,人才储备不足。掌权后,权力的腐化与傲慢,导致人性弱点呈现,政绩乏善可陈,民情思变,故被原执政老党取代。

   老话说:事不过三。台湾民主经此三波历练,已长大成人。台湾民主转型的故事,是可以写入世界政治史教科书的典型案例。

   在这次台湾选举中,令人印象最为深刻者有二:

   族群分裂,蓝绿仇恨,比较过去二十年,已经有所弱化。双方的国族认同,已逐渐接近。台湾民众的基本权利与福祉,在双方激烈竞争的逻辑驱迫下,被奉上高位。

   选战中出现的双方对于对手的人身攻击、抹黑战术甚至敏感时间出现的司法案件,对选情已不构成颠覆性影响。台湾选民对选战的戏剧性震荡,开始具备了心理免疫力,心态渐趋正常与成熟。

   虽然仍有不少缺陷,但是,放眼全球的以华人为主体的社会:中国大陆、台湾、香港乃至新加坡,不容置疑,台湾的民主发展独领风骚,走在最前列。

   台湾作为华人社会民主试验的示范,早已超出一岛范围之外,其活生生的制度冲击力,直指对岸的那一片广袤大陆。

   若再有谁说,基于国情与文化,华人圈不可能搞民主,那么,请看看台湾。若再有谁说,列宁主义式政党,不可能脱胎换骨转变为现代政党,那么,请看看台湾。

   国民党原本企图对人民训政,“训”好之后,再行宪政。然而,单向“训”人民的结果,只是使自己越训越威权,人民越训越民粹。然而,当后来国民党在内外夹击下,不得已开启宪政之路后,出乎意料,结果,整个社会开始自我训政,朝野双方相互训政。在宪政实施过程中,一步一步,训出了民主,训出了法治,训出了自由,训出了人权,训出了一个文明社会。

   如果用民主、自由、法治这三根普世标杆来衡量这四个华人社会,目前,台湾以其民主、自由领先,香港以其自由、法治自豪,新加坡以其法制自诩,中国大陆呢?三项均输,除了在社会和经济领域比毛时代多了几分有限的自由之外,余皆愧对世人,可谓长路漫漫。

   选举结束,我们注意到,民进党候选人谢长廷先生所表现出的政治家风范,他承担败选责任,声明:“这是我个人的挫折,不是台湾主体性的倒退,是民主的结果,不是民主的失败。…… 我们选举失败了,但是我们还有更重要的任务,就是祖先留下来的民主火种不能熄灭,我们要转希望为动力,守护台湾的民主。”

   同时,我们也注意到,当选总统马英九先生宣告:“执政之后的国民党,会从感恩出发,从谦卑做起,我们会努力的倾听人们的心声。”对于府院同党的总统超级大权而言,人所共知,“谦卑”几乎是不可能的任务。马先生自己亦说:“绝对权力易滋绝对腐败”。因此,人们必须察其言,观其行,制衡其权力运作。

   我们铭记在心的是,十八年来,年年岁岁,马先生为六四殉难者默哀。台湾同胞、大陆同胞、全世界都看到了马先生的这一动人姿态。人们拭目以待的是:这一仪式将持续还是终结?答案在不久后即可揭晓了

   要言之,对从政的马英九而言,今天是他政治生涯的顶峰。执政后,他必须做好准备——从顶峰下滑。倘若谨记谦卑,谨记责任,谨记承诺,谨记六四,将会使这一过程缓慢一些,和平一些。

   记得十六年前,笔者在访台后的一篇文章中写道:“漫长的中国历史上,恐怕任何想象力丰富的智者都不可能预料到一个远离中国大陆的边陲小岛——台湾,会对中国人的整体的生存方式,会对广袤的中国大陆产生重大而他深远的影响。 但是,这种可能性在今天出现了。是谓‘台湾奇迹’。”

   2008年的今天,我们期待的这一奇迹变得更加显豁,谨以此恭贺当选的马英九先生和萧万长先生。

Congratulations to Taiwan, and to Democracy

Chen Kuide

   Taiwan's general election is finished, and all is settled. The opposition Kuomintang (KMT) candidate Ma Ying-jeou has been elected President. Taiwan successfully completed its fourth presidential election since its transition to a democratic system, and at the same time has implemented its second change of ruling party. Taiwan's multi-party politics is now fully formed. This election was carried out in way that was peaceful and rational beyond expectations, and has earned Taiwan's people the respect and congratulations of the world.

   From a macroscopic historical perspective, this election in Taiwan impressively demonstrates the typical process in the emergence of a sustainable and stable democratic system:

   In the first genuine election (1996) the authoritarian ruling party remained strong and influential, and as a result was able to win the general election. Since the ruling party did not immediately fall from power, Taiwanese society avoided a sudden shock, and was given the time and space for a gradual transformation.

   In the second stage (2000, 2004), after political parties and news media had been released from previous restrictions for an adequate amount of time, the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) rapidly gained strength, and the historical wrongdoings of the ruling party were exposed to the stark light of day. The old authoritarian ruling party's reputation plunged, and it was ultimately replaced, paying the price of its autocratic past.

   In the third stage (2008), the former opposition DPP, now in power, found that its strengths in street politics and campaigning strategies were inadequate to its new role of ruling party, and it was unable to make a successful transformation from "opposition" to "construction." The party was inadequate to the task of rule in terms of its political preparation, management experience and the qualifications of its personnel. With the rise to power, corruption and arrogance exposed the human failings of the new leadership, disappointing public expectations and leading to the return to power of the former ruling party.

   There is an old saying that three is the magic number, and Taiwan's democratic path has passed through three stages in reaching maturity. The story of Taiwan's democratic transformation is a classic example that deserves to be recorded in the annals of world history.

   The recently concluded general election leaves two particularly deep impressions:

   The ethnic division between mainland immigrants and indigenous Taiwanese and the rancor of the Green-Blue party divide have weakened considerably in the course of the last 20 years. The sides have drawn gradually closer to a common national identity. The basic rights and welfare of the Taiwanese people have become a priority in the intense competition between the two sides.

   The mutual ad hominem attacks leveled by opponents during election campaigns, the mudslinging tactics and even court cases launched at sensitive times, have become counterproductive. The Taiwanese electorate has grown immune to the dramatic shock tactics of electoral campaigns, and has taken an increasingly mature attitude toward them.

   Although many flaws remain in the system, in the context of Chinese societies worldwide in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore, it is beyond question that Taiwan vastly leads the field in terms of its democratic development.

   In serving as a model of democratic experiment among Chinese societies, Taiwan long ago surpassed its island boundaries, with the impact of its lively system chiefly aimed at the vast continent across the Strait.

   If anyone attempts to say once more that the national conditions and culture of the Chinese people cannot sustain democracy, they must look at Taiwan. If anyone tries again to claim that a Leninist party cannot transform itself into a modern political party, they should look again at Taiwan.

   The KMT originally attempted political training of the people, expecting after the "training" to move on to constitutional government. Yet the result of "training" the people led to the party itself becoming more authoritarian, and the people becoming more populist. Later, when the KMT came under attack from within and without, and had no alternative but to set off on the road to constitutional government, the result, against all expectation, was that the entire society began its own political training, and the ruling and opposition parties began training each other. In the course of implementing constitutionalism , this training produced in turn democracy, rule of law, freedom, human rights and a civilized society.

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