This kind of people might get elected to leading posts in DLP
|The Democratic Labor Party is having elections for several leading posts, as the party statutes don't allow members of parliament to held party posts. And now some of the "national liberation" (NL) line followers have high chances of getting elected. For the NL fraction, the "national problem" (minjok munje) comes before democracy, human rights and all that Western, bourgeois stuff. |
I'm not sure if this Kim Chang-hyun guy belongs to the NL/National Alliance (Chôn'guk yônhap) sphere, but this is what he had to say about applying "universal values" on socialist countries (read DPRK).
For example, death penalty in capitalist countries is being criticized as infringement against human rights and against civilization, but in socialism, carried out for the so-called counterrevolutionary crimes, death penalty cannot be absolutely criticized as an infringement of human rights."
I have been wishing that DLP would show tendencies of developing towards Western European leftist parties, but looking at what many of the DLP party post candidates have been saying, it doesn't look that way. Perhaps my wish has been just bourgeois thinking wanting to force Western values on Koreans.
(Perhaps I should add that I've been for a long time wishing that South Korea would join the civilized countries and abolish death penalty)
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