Want China Times
By: Wang Kun-yi
Tsai Ing-wen, leader and presidential candidate of Taiwan’s opposition Democratic
Progressive Party, is set to release new book titled The Ing Faction–Lighting Up Taiwan’s Last Mile in October. The book explores her political ideas, which are mainly adopted from German sociologist Max Weber’s views.
However, Tsai avoids the part concerning rationalization, which is the basis of Weber’s political thought. Without rationalization, the “Ing Faction” can in the end be nothing but a game of political power.
The ideas Tsai expresses in her new book are the goals that everyone in Taiwan seeks in the democratic ear. The ruling Kuomintang camp tends to use the term “populism” rather than democracy when the public espouses a view it doesn’t like, or smears the term “democracy” with the term “cultural revolution.”
Defining what the “Ing Faction” is, Tsai said it is not a “political faction or party” but rather those she has seen, felt and touched over the years in this land who are “steadfast and courageous enough to dream.” [FULL STORY]