Curt Collier, Leader
Dan Hanson Presides
By any measure, North Korea is the epitome of an authoritarian culture.
But Korean historians also note the extensive history of authoritarianism even within South Korea. New religions, like Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church make obedience a centerpiece of the religion, and thousands of Koreans are converting to Fundamentalist Christianity, especially those legalistic forms that require subordination to others. These facts seem in contradiction to the modern South Korean state that promotes democracy, teems with creative individuals, a thriving arts industry, and has a lively modern culture. Drawing upon Korean research and popular thought we will explore the roots of authoritarianism within Korean culture and ask how their insights can be helpful in American dealings with North Korea.
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