Theory and History

What Will Happen If Progressive Taiwanese Civil Society Is Defeated Through The Referendum?

Referendum reform has historically been pushed for by progressive civil society groups in Taiwan, as a means to resolve longstanding issues blocked by the KMT and other conservative forces. Progressive civil society groups were finally victorious in amending the Referendum Act last year, lowering the benchmarks needed to hold a referendum in Taiwan. But what if the results of referendum voting tomorrow indicate that, ironically enough, conservatives have managed to hijack the referendum and to use it against progressive civil society?... Read More

29th Anniversary Of Tiananmen Square Massacre Commemorated In Taipei

Yearly commemorations for the 29th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre took place in Liberty Plaza yesterday night. As with past years, the demonstration was not widely attended. However, the demonstration serves as proof as the killings committed by the Chinese Communist Party leadership in 1989 have not been forgotten in Taiwan... Read More


1960 年代初到台灣時還是少女的艾琳達,在1970 和1980 年代成為台灣民主運動的老將。她在美麗島事件之後雖被驅逐出境,卻仍持續在境外為台灣民主奔走,1990 年獲准重返台灣之後,也繼續參與台灣社會運動。艾琳達2007 年起任教於台北醫學大學,直到2012 年。破土在2015 年8 月訪問艾琳達,隨後於2016 年1 月再次拜訪,順應時事發展補充訪談內容。... Read More

The Chinese New Left: Anti-Capitalist Within China, Imperialist Outside of China?

If the New Left’s nationalism trumps Leftism, it is because of the New Left’s view that the China model, however flawed, is still superior to the West. It is such that the New Left suggests that the China model can and should be exported outside of China, hence where they become apologists for Chinese imperialism... Read More