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THE POINT

Politics of Antagonism

By Hyunjin Kim

Korean conservatives embark on a ruinous voyage

Illustration by Peter Arkle.

The collective depression in South Korea today is the result of a political morass rather than the global economic recession. Since assuming power in 2008, president Lee Myung-bak’s conservative government has rekindled the ghost of South Korea’s dark past, reviving memories of anti-democratic actions by previous dictators. With abrupt dismissals of top officials at government institutions, based on dubious allegations and bogus inspections, Lee’s administration has shamelessly pursued policies of political antagonism. The horrifying passion…

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