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is South Korea a democracy today?

Posted by: NJ ( DSA, MA, USA ) on February 07, 19100 at 16:12:33:

In Reply to: The Burden and the Task posted by Kweassa on February 07, 19100 at 00:26:48:

: In Korea, the socialist movement is outlawed. For every single demonstration we have to arm ourselves against the police. The union of the workers were legalized only 13 years ago, and any protest against the government was instant jail for you. Many things have changed, but many things also remain. Under harsh reallities people often forget what theit "-ism" was supposed to do.

: They tend to remember only the fight at hand. Then remains self-justification, violence, heroic but immature tactics and strategies which bring spectacular failure upon the movement itself. That's what the students' movement of Korea is currently suffering from.

: To hold on to our critical insights, we must look at former experiments of communism fairly: their vices as well as their virtues.

: Actually, a lot of people have been murdered in the name of "Communism" and "Socialism".

: The burden and the task of clearing the name falls into our hands. Let us not forget that.

K, this is an honest question: is South Korea a democracy today? If so, then how can a democracy outlaw advocacy of a particular economic system- doesn't that violate free speech? Or do you think national security, etc. can justify it? If not, then doesn't it insult you that American leaders continue to call it a friendly democracy, as if Asian people are not entitled to the same freedom of opinion that Americans are?

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