July 28, 2013

Korea and the Power of Politics

Max Boot, Los Angeles Times

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What has made the difference between North and South? Politics, pure and simple. The cultural heritage of the two countries is identical. The difference is that North Korea has been a victim of the Kim dynasty — grandfather Kim Il Sung, son Kim Jong Il, now grandson Kim Jong Un — who are the world's last practitioners of Stalinist collectivism and totalitarianism. South Korea, by contrast, began to take off economically in the 1960s and 1970s under the authoritarian modernizer Park Chung-hee, father of the current president, Park Geun-hye.

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