Taiwan, a Quasi-Trusteeship under United States Military Government within the United States Insular Law Framekwork?

Two fun Taiwan pieces today. First, The Korea Liberator wonders if there was a failed Taiwanese coup in 2004. Second (and also from TKL) — is Taiwan American soil?

Let’s look at Taiwan. All military attacks against Taiwan during the World War II period were conducted by the United States, so the U.S. is the “conqueror.” The surrender of the Japanese military forces in Formosa was on Oct. 25, 1945, thus beginning the military occupation, and the administrative authority for this military occupation was delegated to Chiang Kai-shek (aka the Chinese nationalists or Republic of China). The treaty between the U.S. and Japan came into effect on April 28, 1952. Japan renounced the territorial sovereignty of Taiwan, but no receiving country was named. The Republic of China flag should have come down at this point.

While the KMT (Chinese Nationalist) “white terror” in Taiwan was nothing compared to the CCP (Chinese Communist) “red terror” in China, it is a mistake to think that either were popular parties in their respective countries.

Some have criticized Taiwanese plans to change their official name to Republic of China (Taiwan). How ironic if the Taiwan Republic was never Chinese at all…

Csikszentmihalyi the Pseudoscientist?

The Creative Personality,” by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Psychology Today, July/August 1996, http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/pto-19960701-000033.html.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is a pioneering researcher in talent and expertise. His books Creativity and Flow are influential works, his thoughts on positive psychology have clear implications for meaningful conflict, and his work is mentioned from graduate courses to blogs.

Yet a short piece by him makes me wonder if he is a pseudoscientist.


My class in scopes and methods has strongly emphasized positivism — the ability to prove something wrong — as a touchstone of science. What, then, to make of these “traits of the creativity personality” as described by

  • Energetic but restful
  • Smart yet naive
  • Playful yet disciplined
  • Imaginative yet realistic
  • Extroverted yet introverted
  • Humble yet proud
  • Masculine yet feminine
  • Rebellious yet conservative
  • Passionate yet objective
  • Open to pain yet open to enjoyment

Certainly these may be accurate descriptions — many of them came out in my interview with Thomas Barnett. Yet how could this ever be proven wrong? If you disagree with the masculine yet feminine characteristic, for example, what possible collection of cases would disprove it? None, because any piece of evidence fulfills at least part of the paradox.

Perhaps there is some precise definition Csikszentmihalyi gives here or elsewhere. This may just be a non-operationalized hypothesis. For instance, we rarely use the to make precise predictions, yet that doesn’t mean it couldn’t become scientific.

So tdaxp community — any thoughts? Aaron? Mark?

Apartheid and Integration in Contemporary America

Bordering on the Insane,” by Kathryn Lopez, National Review Online, 21 March 2006, http://www.nationalreview.com/lopez/lopez200603211638.asp.

The social reinvention that’s possible through successful immigration: a tale of two cities,” by Tom Barnett, Thomas P.M. Barnett :: Weblog, 22 March 2006,

Clinton Vows to Block Bill Criminalizing Illegal Immigrants,” by Beth Fouhy, AP Political Wire, 22 March 2006, http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/newyork/ny-bc-ny–clinton-immigrati0322mar22,0,1122337,print.story?coll=ny-region-apnewyork (from NRO’s The Corner).

Adopted in China , Seeing an Identity in America,” by Lynette Clemetson, New York Times, 23 March 2006, http://www.nytimescom/2006/03/23/national/23adopt.html.

In Reversal, Graduate School Applications from Foreigners Rise,” by Alan Finder, New York Times, 23 March 2006, http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/23/education/23apply.html.

Seeking Friends in Senate, China Tries Charm,” by Joseph Kahn, New York Times, 23 March 2006, http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/23/business/worldbusiness/23china.html

“A Vision, Bruised and Dented,” by David Brooks, New York Times, 23 March 2006, pg A27.

Disconnected Black Youth Plight Worsens,” by Clarence Page, Chicago Tribune, 23 March 2006, http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2006/03/disconnected_black_youth_pligh.html.

U.K.: Court Upholds School’s Ban on Muslim Gown,” RadioFreeEurope / RadioLiberty, 23 March 2006, http://www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2006/03/22127a5d-527f-4127-9539-072dca0130a3.html

Harry Reid’s America,” by Bill First, VOLPAC, 23 March 2006, http://www.volpac.org/index.cfm?FuseAction=Blogs.View&Blog_id=230 (from NRO’s The Corner).

Hillary the Hawk: The Democrats’ Athena Only Differs from Bush in the Details,” by Justin Raimondo, The American Conservative, 27 March 2006, http://www.amconmag.com/2006/2006_03_27/cover.html.

While Asians, Mexicans, Christians, and Democrats encourage assimilation in American society and Global commerce, Republicans and blacks conspire to build a new apartheid.

A ton of news stories on connectivity. I’m naturally optimistic, so first the good news.

More Indians and Chinese are attending grad school in American universities. No, this isn’t just to give Lady of tdaxp some competition. Rather, encouraging 180 IQ Asians to study in the United States is in our long-term benefit. It puts them in the United States, learning American ideas and working on American projects, allowing us to take the very best of other countries. Short-sighted US visa rules in the wake of 9/11 had dropped the number of international students applying to study in America – driving them to Europe or elsewhere. Fortunately, things are turning around.

That’s the end of the good news. There’s some not-terrible news, too:

Even close-minded Democrats aren’t willing to give up on trade. I’m no fan of Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) — from big government puritanism to reckless calls for sanctions on China, he’s a man who should not be associated with power. However, he’s in Beijing meeting with Chinese hotshots on trade issues. While it would be in everyone’s interest if he simply had a whirlwind romance with some ‘Communist’ and never came back, I have to give him props for at least visiting the land of competition.

Catholics are Democrats are rallying to protect Mexican immigration. America doesn’t just need the few and the amazing — our country has historically grown by importing the many and the poor. America is great at processing raw human capital, able to take an illiterate subminimum-wage immigrant and producing English-fluent, American citizens from his seen in two or three generations. At the end of the process, America has more fully Americanized Americans, and in the meantime we have cheap labor at home which helps us grow our own wealth.

Of course, the flip-side to this is that Republicans are trying to sabotage America’s growth through immigration. The chief villain here is Senator Bill Frist (R-NY), a man who previously mis-diagnosed a Florida woman after observing her exclusively through videotape. First went on a blog castigating Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) for promising to fight a bill that would criminalize feeding illegal immigrants. The Catholic Church, known for supporting the lives of both the unborn and immigrants, is on the right side of this. So is Hillary Clinton (D-NY), who also knows a thing or two about foreign policy – unlike a Republican base which is embracing xenophobia.

Now the bad news:

This fight by the modern know-nothings in the Republican Party is exasperating. When my home state’s (South Dakota‘s) constitution was ratified in 1889, it was published in three languages (English, German, and Norwegian) because English fluency was so low. South Dakota’s now one of the most monolingual parts of the country. Imagine the reaction from the know-nothing Right if the next controversial Constitutional amendment was published throughout the country in multiple languages!

But, if the Republicans (with the heroic exceptions of George Bush and John McCain) are proving themselves to be the the Koreans of American politics (willfully self-destructive), blacks continue their role as the Arabs. According to reports, young black men are most isolated from American culture than ever before. This isn’t surprising — some of the blame comes from the great Democrat Party social experiments of the mid 20th century, which transformed blacks from having high-employment and stable families to the reverse. Other causes of the apartheid comes from the black community itself. For instance, one reason for the rise in adoption from Asia (and subsequent hyper-assimilation of many racial Asians into American culture) is apartheid measures pressed by the National Association of Black Social Welfare Workers.

Yet the problem with openness isn’t confined to America. A British girl who won the right to wear religious clothing last year has had that right stripped by a British court. Similar Anti-Muslim, anti-religious codes exist in France and Turkey — fortunately in the US, our justice department depends faith.