Only slightly pro-North Korean

I’m not going to go much into the mess that has become the Unified Progressive Party (UPP)—mostly because I don’t yet know how much to believe, either in regards to the vote-rigging allegations or the possible ideological reasons behind the alleged rigging.

I did find a Chosun Ilbo piece on Rep. Lee Seok-gi, a UPP figure recently elected to the National Assembly as a proportional representative, somewhat enlightening, though, as it gives you a sense of what some of these guys believe. When asked about North Korea’s recent succession of power to a third generation of the Kim family, Lee said he agreed with Prof. Song Du-yul’s “intrinsic approach” to North Korea, which is to say, understanding North Korea using North Korea’s own logic. Rep. Kim Seon-dong, a fellow UPP lawmaker who hails from the same National Liberation faction as Lee, also said in a recent press conference that the Lee Myung-bak administration was provoking North Korea by lecturing to its system and new leader, which he said could be viewed as interfering in the North’s internal affairs.

Given that the UPP’s status as a minor party and the political irrelevance it seems to be headed for now, I’m not sure what any of this means, if anything. Still, it stinks.

  • jefferyhodges

    Lee Chul-ho of the JoongAng Daily has an interesting analysis:

    Why has the [Gyeonggi Dongbu Alliance] faction turned so extreme? Most say it has been politically motivated. But one figure from the liberal camp blames its deviation on money and ambition. Dissident groups have fought underground for more than two decades and the activist leaders are now in their 40s. The head of the militant union group Korean Confederation of Trade Unions is someone who fought in street rallies, but its secretariat office is now mostly filled with students who took various jobs to survive. In other words, the dissident work has now become a job for the activists. That’s why its members now prefer to run for local election rather than the bigger legislative or presidential race because “a lawmaker can take five colleagues with him or her, but a district head can secure jobs for 50.”

    Any thoughts on whether or not this is right?

    Jeffery Hodges

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  • slim

    Repeat after me: EVERYTHING North Korea touches turns to shit — EVERYTHING.

  • cm

    Well, they have to get the scam going or else they’re out of their well paying jobs.

  • setnaffa

    Missile envy?

  • brier

    Democracy activists from last century leading a political party today that likes to rig the vote. It does seems like they have forgotten their own goals and have sold themselves, and for cheap too. Aren’t there laws the Prosecution can use to put these clowns away? Well, at least for a year, until they are pardoned only to do it all again.

  • cm

    Did I mention that these guys refuses to sing the national anthem of South Korea? They refuses to give out the reasons as to why they refuse. But we know what the reason is.

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