Extreme hubristic majoritarianism
Extreme hubristic majoritarianism is manifested by the new Taiwanese Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) government of President Tsai Ing-wen, riding roughshod over the wishes of the people. Hastily announced public hearings were disrupted by hooligans hired by the DPP to beat up those who wanted to express their opinions, and the announcements for the hearings blatantly and intentionally omitted the fact that the public hearings are supposed to talk about the possible importation of Japanese foodstuff from areas surrounding the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
A survey of 1,112 people on November 13-14, 2016, by Taiwan’s Trend Public Opinion Survey company shows that 74.6% are opposed to the government’s intent to allow the importation of Japanese foodstuff from the nuclear disaster areas into Taiwan, 17.7% support the government’s intent, 85.7% say “it is unnecessary to import ractopamine laced American pork”, 4.1% say “it is necessary”, 38.6% believe that since the new DPP government took office, it has relaxed food safety standards, 63.7% say that as long as there is any doubt about food safety, the government should not allow importation, and 29.5% say as long as the foods comply with international food safety standards, they should be allowed to be imported.
Taiwan’s foreign minister admitted that the Japanese government has been applying tremendous political pressure to force Taiwan to import Japanese foodstuff that may be contaminated by radioactivity from the nuclear disaster area surrounding Fukushima, and the new Taiwanese government’s “urgency” to import possibly contaminated Japanese foodstuff is a political move out of fear of losing Japan’s political “friendship” with Taiwan. The new DPP government of President Tsai Ing-wen is being accused of intentionally dismissing and disregarding the people’s wishes through the use of majority violence against the people, allowing the people to consume imported Japanese foodstuff that are contaminated by radioactivity, sacrificing the people’s health for generations to come.
This is extreme hubristic majoritarianism riding roughshod over the people and their basic rights. It is the hubris syndrome of majoritarianism that has turned evil only 179 days in government.
Rebellion against extreme hubristic majoritarianism
On November 15, 2016, 15 county and city level governments announced they would amend local ordinances to ban the sale of Japanese “nuclear disaster foods” within their jurisdictions, going specifically against the policy of easing restrictions on importation of such foods by the new Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) government of President Tsai Ing-wen.
A banner stating “Keelung does not want nuclear disaster foods” was hoisted inside Keelung’s City council. Similar protests within the city council chambers and county assembly halls have occurred to amend and revise local ordinances to ban the sale of such foods within their jurisdictions. Fifteen majors and county administrators have voiced their support to ban the sale of Japanese foods from the areas contaminated by the Fukushima nuclear disaster zone from their cities and counties. They are Keelung City, Taoyuan City, Taichung City, New Taipei City, Chiayi City, Hsinchu city, and Changhua, Yunlin, Taitung, Penghu, Lienchiang, Hsinchu, Chiayi, Nantou, Hualien counties. Taiwan’s local governments are rebelling against the new DPP government’s extreme hubristic majoritarianism.