After Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine the matter of safety for our society reached a whole new level. Experts analyzing the nature of defense models all over the world often turn to such countries as Israel and South Korea. However, if conservative Jerusalem has now for a long time served as an example of gross human rights violation and aggression against its neighbors, mysterious and distant Soul, which for more than 70 years has been protecting the world from madness of the Kim dynasty, looks rather different.
Although, what do we really know about South Korea? That it is an Asian tiger? The Pop-Culture factory? Computer-state? We may call this country with absolutely unique people whatever we like, but for most of us the general knowledge of South Korea is limited by simple facts about its highly developed economy and pop-music.
Being interested in political situation in Korea for a long time now, I decided to dig deeper into it, as the Ukrainian mass media stopped covering the situation there after the success of the Candlelight Revolution and corrupt conservative Park Geun-hye’s impeachment.
I was lucky enough to come across a very interesting person, young leader of Korean libertarians, who defends the idea of the elimination of the state in the life of society.
Allen Jeon is a head of Korean division of “Students for Liberty” and leader of the Libertarian Party of Korea. He is one of the few young man who wishes to enter Korean politics in order to change the lives of people for better.
This is a big and not so easy for understanding interview. It is also rather controversial. I fully agree with some idea, and disagree with others. However, the fact here is that this interview reveals the truth about the current political situation in Korea and makes you wonder whether government is truly something, we need.
I kindly ask you to read the interview to the end since in the end Allen to some extent changes his mind on one of the most topical for Ukraine issue, that is occupation of our territories and violation of human rights in the Autonomic Republic of Crimea.
UNIT 1: THE POLITICS OF THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA
AK: What do you think of Park Gyun Hae? Has her regime brought any positive changes? What are the consequences of impeachment for Korean political environment?
Allen: I believe that formal president, Park Guen Hye, was a statist. Some people think that she was the defender of freedom, but in fact her actions differ from their beliefs.
Among her followers, there were crony capitalist, who abused and arrogated the meaning of “freedom” to their own taste. There is a high chance that her political actions were her response to what her followers wanted.
Many of the polices Park’s administration pushed, matched those opinions made by her crony capitalist followers. (Currently, they do not think that their incompetence and incompatible actions were wrong, but more focused on making plans to gain political power.)
Looking at the policies she pushed during her presidency, we can see that the policies were inhibiting the freedom of people, not enforcing it. For example, quantitative easing, nationalization of history books, anti-terror threat policy, and various policies regarding the increment of taxation can be viewed as policies that destroys the freedom and prosperity of people.
In conclusion, Park’s administration brought only negative results and not a single positive influence on South Korea.
After the impeachment, Moon Jae In from Democratic Party of Korea won the election. However, the impeachment did not change the core of Korean politics. What changed were merely the person who grabbed the authority, and the host of the ruling party.
AK: What will be the future of Senuri party after a corruption scandal with President Park took place?
Allen: Personally, as time passes, their powers will weaken and eventually disband. Currently, Liberty Korea Party (formal Saenuri party) is barely able to maintain their party from the static support from mostly residents in TK (Daegu-Gyeongbuk) or PK (Busan-Gyeongsang). Most of the supporters are senior citizens (aged 60 to 70) and only small minority of them are young adults (aged 20s). As a shift of generations happens, their reason to exist in Korean politics will be obsolete.
Also, another reason for them to be eventually disbanded is that they are not a political party that represents a certain political ideology, not to mention they were the party that was deeply positioned in the ‘Park’s impeachment scandal’, they are nothing but a party purposing just to gain ‘political authority’, just like cancer. (According to them, they say they aim for ‘conservatism’ but this is very obscure. It seems that their so-called ‘conservatism’ ideology is merely a tool for them. They use it when they want to justify their spamming of populistic policies.)
‘Cancerous’ parties also disband or regroup easily. Changing their name from Saenuri to LKP (regroup) and an incident such as a mass defection of members from Bareun Party(disband) are excellent examples.
AK: What has changed in minds of Korean people after a range of facts regarding deep-rooted corruption on governmental level was revealed?
Allen: It seems that not many things changed. The replacement of president was a decision made merely from the anger and disappointment by Koreans.
The so-called ‘candle revolution’ protestors declared only about the impeachment of Park. They have not declared about reducing government’s power.
Corruptions happen when the government have too much authority on its hand. This can be proved by many corruption scandals that have been happening in Korea since the past.
But Koreans disregard this or simply have no knowledge about this. This is because Koreans think that it is a president’s personal fault, not the government’s authority itself. It could also be because that Korean citizens want the Korean government to use their authority to do something favorable for them.
Personally, I think it is such as shame. If Koreans were able to acknowledge the problem correctly, Moon Jae In would’ve not been the president in the first place. If the main purpose of the protest was to reduce the government’s authority, Korean political system could have changed, going beyond of just replacing the president. The establishment of Libertarian Party of Korea could have happened and the party could have entered the congress.
AK: How would you describe a political environment in Korea after general elections on May, 9th?
Allen: The Democratic Party of Korea became the ruling party and the LKP became the oppositional party. The seat of Democratic Party of Korea is smaller than 3 oppositional parties’ seat numbers but with 81.6 percent of high approval rating, Moon Jae In is pushing various personnel management and other policies.
Considering the fact that it has been not long that Moon Jae In is in the office and the high approval rating, oppositional parties are not making enough efforts to check Moon Jae In. (Status report until May 15th)
Korean politics always involve with ‘hot issue’ so it is very hard to foresee what would happen. The result of 2018 June 13th’s provincial election would help us to examine how Korean political environment changed.
AK: How would you describe Moon Jae-in as a political leader? Do you have high hopes for future development of Korea with him in charge?
Allen: Moon Jae In is a typical established politician. He is also a typical ‘leftist’.
I don’t have any hopes for President Moon.
I believe firmly that his economic policies will give toxic effects to Korean economy.
He promised to increase jobs by increasing the number of jobs in public sectors.
The government would increase its expenditure to accomplish this.
The increase of government’s expenditure leads to increase in tax.
The more government spends, the bigger government’s intervention’s range it becomes, the more our economy would be unfortunate.
AK: Would you tell us a bit about The Democratic Party of Korea and its leaders?
Allen: Could you elaborate on the question? Is it the historical facts you want or the personal information of the members you want?
AK: Why do think Ban Gi-moon refused to take part in the presidential race? If he was the one to run the country, would things go better in Korea?
Allen: He was very incompetent, indecisive, and lacked leadership. (personally, I think he is a statist).
Also, Ban Ki Moon did not have any concrete philosophy to appeal the Korean citizens nor had broad regional support. The main aspect he did not run for the presidential election is that he was unable to adapt to Korean political environment. If he, considering these aspects, could gain political power, situation in Korea would likely to be worse.
AK: We would like to ask you about other, less familiar to Europeans political powers in Korea. Would you briefly tell us about them for us to understand the way politics is in Korea? And how would you assess them?
Allen: There is no need to think complicatedly about the Korean politics. Korean politics system is very very simple. All the Korean political parties promise polices that are populistic (policies such as giving certain advantage or benefits to certain groups) and Korean citizens give their votes to the politicians who say that they will keep their promise. From this, it resulted creating a structure where everybody is stealing from others. As a libertarian, I believe that all of them are criminals.
AK: Do you think Korean Constitution needs amendments to concerning the matter of government form? Perhaps, parliamentary republic is a better fit for building open society?
Allen: That is a very, very good question. I have been waiting for this question for a long time. There have been opinions that there is a need to rewrite the constitution, even in Korea.
But the modifications they assert are completely different from mine’s.
I personally think that there is a need to make a new constitution, Constitution of Liberty that minimize, or even abolish the role and the authority of the government.
In a sense, this is not a modification but rather trashing the current constitution and writing up a new one.
The contents of the constitution are rather simple, “the physical body of a person belongs to themselves. This is called the ‘property right’ or ‘natural right’”; therefore the “government cannot impose taxes forcefully”, “the government cannot regulate nor interfere on the right of carrying weapons”, “the government cannot explicitly impose ‘obligational duty’ to individual(s) nor groups”
If this constitution can see the light in our society, we will be able to see the truly liberated society.
The government is in fact going to be disbanded. This is because, in the free market order people will be able to freely trade, freely produce, freely consume, freely donate and freely and improve, develop and live their life.
UNIT 2: REPUBLIC OF KOREA AND NORTH KOREA
AK: Do you consider Kim’s dynasty rule in DPRK as a serious matter?
Allen: I believe that the Kim dynasty in NK is a very severe problem. They are oppressing the freedom of the NK citizens and violating their human rights. Also, as if that was not enough, they are constantly threatening the global peace by developing nuclear weapons.
AK: Does Juche ideology have a future?
Allen: There is no future in juche philosophy, the moment freedom spreads in North Korean regions, the idea will be abolished.
AK: Is there a way to overthrow Kim’s regime through Color Revolution in DPRK? How could this happen?
Allen: The best way to make the Kim dynasty crumble is for the North Korean citizens to enlighten and take actions by themselves.
It is likely that they already know that free market is more advantageous than centrally planned economy system.
That is why there is an establishment of “Jang ma dang”, an underground black market.
Kim Jung Un acknowledges this but let its existence for his benefits by imposing taxes and abusing it.
NK citizens need to grab this chance firmly and capitalize and utilize it.
The market needs to grow hugely enough for the government officials to regulate it and sporadic resistance needs to take place.
This sporadic resistance would be a huge tide and completely wash off the Kim dynasty.
But to make it happen, they would need to accumulate their strength first.
It would be a yellow/black color revolution if the revolution has a color.
AK: Can unification actually happen? What would be a more likely scenario — a way of peace or war?
Allen: I don’t know.
Whether the peace of war made by South Korean government’s intention, I personally oppose ‘unification’.
To be specific I want the NK region to be a liberty society. As mentioned above, NK citizens need to wipe the NK dynasty by their own force using yellow/black color revolution and there should absolutely no intervention in any outside governments.
If South Korean government tries to take the NK region as its administrative region, NK citizens need to strongly oppose the South Korean government’s actions.
SK government does not have any rights.
Not a small thing such as constitution cannot give the right to rule other citizens.
Only the natural rights of each individual are justified. Others are not justified.
AK: Who do you think is responsible for Kim Cheon Nam murder? Is there a possibility his death could be of use to North Korea?
Allen: It is fundamentally the killers fault for committing murder.
This is because they violated physically on Kim Jung Nam and took his life.
And Kim Jung Un also has responsibility for ordering them.
Kim Jung Nam’s death would give benefits on Kim Jung Un’s dynasty for a brief period.
But it would not last long.
Because absolute power becomes to corruption, collapse.
Therefore, Kim Jung Un basically took a suicidal action.
AK: European newsletters say North Korea might become liberal if Kim Han Sol, Kim Jeong Nam’s son, start running for North Korean rule. Are there any proofs to this theory? What is your personal opinion towards him?
Allen: That is absolutely nonsense.
Kim Han Sol did take European education and do have liberal aspects.
But he is interested in “the Communist Manifesto” and his hero was “Stalin”, “Lenin”, “Kim Il Sung”
Of course, he does have interest in reformation and open but it would meet its limit in the end.
If Kim Jong Eun is not collapsed by the North Korean civil revolution, but collapsed by external intervention, some governments will approve Kim Han – sol ‘s sovereignty over North Korea. In this case, Kim Han Sol will not have the same power as Kim Jong Eun, but he will have the exclusive power of ‘regulating’ the North Korean area like many other governments around the world. This is not a process for liberty.
The true liberty always means to break free from government’s grasp.
Only Anarchistic Capitalism can be a true liberty process.
Liberty is gained by NK citizens themselves, not SK government nor US government nor Chinese government nor Russian government or a mere human being Kim Han Sol.
AK: Are the rights of North Korean refugees protected in South Korea? Are they able do adapt to democratic society? Do they suffer from discrimination?
Allen: The SK government protects refugees of NK that had requested for protection. And these people live in SK society very well. Well some don’t.
And according to what I know, these refugees claim that they are discriminated from SK citizens from just the fact that they came from NK.
Personally, I think that in according to freedom of contracts, there is not much problem about discrimination.
I do not classify them as refugee or Koreans because they are all individual.
Even SK citizens are discriminated by their own people from the physical appearance, their education, religion, their region and from many other reasons.
This is something that happens frequently in a society where the freedom of contract is guaranteed.
The discrimination actions maybe morally wrong but it cannot be considered as a crime.
Crime is something that has only to do with violating the property of a person, fraud, and physical violations
AK: Do you fear the war with North Korea? What is the meaning of North Korea’s missile tests?
Allen: I do not fear the war with NK. But I believe firmly that there should not be a war.
This is one of the most fundamental rule of liberty libertarians must have.
War is like what Frederic Bastiat, the classical libertarian philosopher said, a “broken window theory”.
No such prosperity cannot be achieved by a war.
War brings only destruction.
The inner reason for NK’s missile test is to show the military science and technology ability and to strengthen the power of the Kim Jong-un regime and to lead the obedience of the citizens.
The outer reason for the experiment is to use it as an advantage in the negotiation table.
The solution for this problem is easy.
We just ignore them.
Kim Jong Eun is a psychotic who needs attention.
AK: Do you think legal limitations of any outreach between North and South make sense?
Allen: I think the aiding itself is completely wrong.
Why are the taxes, forcefully taken by the government, used to aid them?
I have been mentioning this for a many many time, it certainly a fact that NK’s human right’s violation acts are pitiful.
But the oppression of liberty is what NK citizens should solve by themselves.
Aiding them with food or any other supplies does not solve the problem in any aspects but only worsen it.
The case in Ethiopia validates this.
Ethiopia’s dictator Meles Zenawi had abused the financial aid from the UK. He used the financial aid as a tool to force the starving farmers to support his regime, and used it as a penalty against the people who supported the opponent party by not giving the food gained by the aid.
Kim Jung Un would do the exact same thing, the aid gained in any method would still be in the hands of Kim Jung Un.
These resources gained from the aid would only increase the duration of his abusive authority.
In fact, the aid Kim Dae Jung provided to NK was found to be used as a military ration and for missile development.
It is time for us to stop aiding them for the sake of humanity and morality.
AK: South Korea is one of the most militarized countries of the world. How much does it affect the consciousness of Korean youth?
Allen: Well, they are desperate for the fact that they are forced to be conscripted at the age of 20 regardless of their will.
AK: Do you think military service duty is compulsory according to political situation on Korean peninsula?
Allen: No. In any whatsoever situation there maybe, there is no reason to make military services obligatory. The conscription system is a bad totalitarianism idea. I think we can provide defense service through free market without Forced conscription system. Despite the fact that the Korean government is using more defense budget than North Korea, the treatment and pay of soldiers very terrible and the asymmetric force very weak.
The background of this situation is influenced by the sofa agreement with the United States. But the important thing is that the government is monopolizing the defense service, which leads to unreasonable systems and defense corruption. So I think the government should stop monopolizing defense services. We cannot waste more money and resources for their incompetence. We should privatize military field and accomplish true defense power.
UNIT 3: LIBERTARIANISM AND OTHER IDEOLOGY
AK: Would please briefly introduce yourself and your current activities? Why have you chosen way of libertarianism? Tell us a bit about what “Students for Liberty Korea” actually does.
Allen: Hello, my name is Allen Jeon and I am the leader of student activist group, SFL Korea and the leader of the unofficial party, Libertarian Party of Korea.
I was formally a statist and a person who was even unable to tell the difference between the crony capitalism and the true free market.
While habitually saying that “I support free market” I occasionally supported the government on interfering the market and thought that the compulsory military service as a sacred and a ‘duty’.
Basically, I put the government’s profit above any individuals.
But around 2014, I gained new perspective through studying Bastiat, Mises, Hayek and many other libertarian philosophers and the statistic idea weakened.
And after reading Murray Rothbard’s «For a New Liberty» around November in 2014, I fully converted to libertarian in the early 2015.
The reason why I chose the path of being libertarian is because it states only the absolute truth.
Libertarianism can help on providing an appropriate remedy for every problem by using deductive logic of the axiom of ‘self-ownership’, ‘non-aggressive principle’,
Most of the remedies are very just, moral, and logical for people to rebut the idea.
Libertarianism- theory of rights provides the most important base for a person to lighten up their ability to think intellectually.
If people are truly humans, they should understand and educate themselves about libertarianism and spread it to other people.
SFL Korea opens a biggest libertarian festival(conference) once a year to spread as many Korean citizens as possible.
Occasionally we go out in the streets and do a campaign such as free speech and do a campaign of other matters.
And we meet periodically and study to increase the intellectual level of our members. We also translate books such as Learn Liberty and diverse videos and provide this materials for free on online.
We are planning for more events and providing more educational materials so please participate and give us more attentions. Please participate in Korean liberty movement!
AK: We’d like to hear a bit about your experience as a President of Liberatarian party Korea. What difficulties have you faced throughout the way?
Allen: Thinking about it, the start and the establishment of Libertarian Party of Korea is miraculous.
We had never thought about creating an actual party in the beginning.
Establishing a party seemed to be a rather far away story.
To give a brief history on how we started, we started by joining the group, Evolutionary Economic Research Association (no official English name), that spread the ideology of libertarianism 3 years ago. But the association decided to go in wrong path.
Gradually, the number of nationalists and statists began to rise at the Evolutionary Economic Research Association, and I and colleagues protested to the Evolutionary Economic executives about this.
However, our efforts and protests have been ignored.
(To give a brief back ground about CFE (Center for Free Enterprise), CFE was an NGO and affiliated organization for carrying out young adult role and an organization to educate and spread people about libertarianism. But after 2012, a statist leader became to work with us and the purpose of the organization became to weaken and be completely disastrous. As a result, CFE disbanded in the latter April.)
So, the founders and I created a “Evolutionary Economic Research Association for Youth” and delivered our opposing messages but were unable to create any change.
So, we dropped out from the organization and created the Libertarian Party of Korea.
Our earnest activities started in contest of spreading libertarianism CFE.
Two years back, the Liberty Party of Korea and other 5 organization participated in the contest. Only the Liberty Party of Korea did a speech about the importance of liberty from the aspect of human activities, morality, ethics. We provided detailed ways to accomplish this but we did not understand much about the libertarianism nor was able to gain points from the chairs due to their statist tendency. We tolerated this, but was enraged when the media falsely reported about our speech content. We immediately took an action and criticized the CFE that took no actions. Eventually, instead of changing the article, what they did was to delete the article itself.
We were outraged about CFE’s attitude and thought that we should spend more effort in spreading the true meaning of liberty. We did our activities both on/off line but it was not easy. CFE had economic advantage where as we were merely a young adults or students. We were very economically weak. And because the CFE distorted the true meaning of libertarianism over the 5 years, we were attacked frequently from the people who did not know the truth.
Currently, we are having problems in financial and the notoriously strict policy for establishing an official party in Korea obstructs us from becoming an official party in South Korea. We are making as much efforts to improve our situation.
AK: What are the strongest ideologies in South Korea? What are the weakest?
Allen: Korea’s strongest ideologies are Nationalism, Statism and Social democracy.
The weakest ideology is libertarianism.
AK: What do you think about liberalism and liberal democracy? How do these notions live up with Libertarianism?
Allen: Liberalism used to be a classical liberalism in Adam Smith days. But the leftists decided to abuse and distort the word’s true meaning. Liberalism nowadays is about supporting welfare state that reminds me about patriarchy. Liberal democracy is the same. A democratic society based in libertarianism, is nothing but a delusion. Democracy is only a weaker version of communism. It’s a violet system, like someone else deciding my lunch menu forcefully.
These philosophies cannot coexist with libertarianism. Libertarianism tells us that the person can choose their own menu but should be responsible for paying the cost of the menu. And we do not rely on any way of our government.
In order for a person to be truly free, the person should be free from the government.
UNIT 4: KOREAN NEW GENERATION
AK: Let’s talk about Korean youth. Would you say young Koreans are politically minded and active?
Allen: Many of the Korean students and Korean young adults are interested in politics. They usually gain the information in the SNS. But other than the small number of students who aim to be a politician or other groups motivated by specific benefits, there are not much activities other than voting perhaps.
AK: What are the main politically aimed streams in Korea, like Demosisto and Youngspiration in Hong Kong and RE: Demos in Japan? Who are the leaders?
Allen: Most of the students or young adults are focused on political aspect such as increase in minimum wage, reduction of working hours, and activities that demand subsidy from the government. Most are organizations that receive subsidies from the government or are economically left-wing.
Only SFL Korea and Libertarian Party of Korea talks about liberty that is based on the philosophy; libertarianism.
AK: Could young people become a basis for political swifts in Korea? Is there a way to fight gerontocracy or find understanding with old politicians?
Allen: If people, 10’s and 20’s are enlightened to libertarianism, I am confident that they can be the key role which contributes to the revolution of the Korean politics. That is why I am so focused on enlightening them. They are very valuable people for future society of South Korea.
However, I do not have any hope for the established politicians. This is because it is difficult for them to understand libertarianism while being held captive by their supporter’s vote. That is why I believe that the normal citizens in Korea are the highest priority we should enlighten.
AK: There is evidence that political activity among students was highly controlled by Park’s regime. Is this true?
Allen: I have no information in this. But, What I do know is that there is a youth organization that is friendly to the Park Geun-hye regime. They worked for her and received financial support from FKI or the government.
AK: What are the perspectives for youth activity after Mun Je In victory at the polls?
Allen: I do not think there would be much difference. Some students and young adults would increase their activities to appeal the government. They could also assert opinions that can destroy economic freedom more fiercely than before. I will try hard to stop this from happening.
UNIT 5: INTERNATIONAL POLITICS AND THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA
AK: How would you evaluate international processes during Park’s rule? Could international relations actually change under Mun Je In?
Allen: Just like the other formal administrations, Park’s administration made the Korea’s diplomatic relationship with other nations much more complicated and threatened the lives of Korean citizens.
With the establishment of THAAD, we faced economical retaliation from China, and with wasteful political dispute with Japan, made both of our people hostile against each other.
Therefore, Park’s administration’s diplomatic strategy is an utter failure.
Government’s diplomacy creates unnecessary effects even to the innocent people.
Therefore, I believe that the government should not oversee the diplomacy but rather individuals, enterprises, or organizations making connections each other.
This is because government is not ‘us’.
Moon’s administration just like the Park’s would likely to be cooperating with US, Japan, China, and Russian government – it is likely for the situation to be more complicated. Maybe, since he had the experience of diplomacy during the Noh’s administration, he may be more careful about the diplomacy. But for now, we have to wait and examine carefully.
AK: What is the significance of South Korea in East Asia politics?
Allen: Political researchers often say that the regional location of Korea is very important.
However, I do not care much about the political aspect of Korea’s regional location.
What really matters is free trade and individual liberty.
If the people living in earth are freed from their government’s grasp, every part of the region would be very important place. Because every region we can put our foot on is economical region.
AK: How would you describe political situation in Hong Kong after Carry Lam, who stands for Beijing?
Allen: I believe that the democratic system in Hong Kong is making the situation difficult. This could be understood by history. When the England government decided to give Hong Kong back to their citizens, people of Hong Kong firmly opposed this decision. But with England and Chinese government’s forceful contract, Hong Kong was given to Chinese government.
The most crucial factor that should have been considered was the opinion of residents of Hong Kong, but was neglected and turned into one nation with two systems. The political system is colliding each other because of the democracy. Carry Lam elected through indirect election system, different from the intentions of the people of Hong Kong, it is very difficult to foresee what more political conflicts will happen in the future.
AK: Do you support Joshua Wong and other leaders of Demosisto? What do you think of other youth movements in Hong Kong?
Allen: Joshua Wong should be praised for opposing the authoritarianism and created student activism for achieving political freedom.
However, analyzing the economic policies what Wong and «Demosisto» want, we can see that there is a serious paradox in it.
Striving for liberty is not only aimed for the politics but economy too. But Wong and «Demosisto» want strong economical intervention from the government.
To solve the social inequality issues and the agriculture industry they want to rewrite the basic constitution no.107 that inhibits the broadening of the standard range of taxation, establishing government oriented social welfare system and government spending.
This is what fortifies the authoritarian government’s power.
I cannot understand why Joshua Wong wanting to abolish authoritarianism and want liberty, whereas doing paradoxical actions.
If they truly want liberty they should make coherent activities.
Drop the leftist economical tendency. If Wong does this, I am willing to support.
AK: What do you think of Taiwan? Should independence be given? Is there any way Sunflower Movement affects Korea?
Allen: I acknowledge that Taiwan and China is a different country. The Chinese government does not have any rights on Taiwan. What China government posted as a slogan, “one China” is a statistic slogan. Chinese government needs to drop their actions on trying to absorb Taiwan ‘forcefully’.
Sunflower activism was never dealt much in Korea as far as I can remember. But I do remember some Korean democratic forces wanting to start student activism by setting the sunflower movement as their role model.
AK: What do you think of China? What relations should Korea carry out towards this country? How about ignore the idea of communism in China to take the advantage of an economic growth?
Allen: If Chinese had gained liberty from both economically and politically, China’s future would be very bright.
But with Chinese government’s never-ending authoritarian actions, intervention, regulation, and constant succession of powerful authority to the small number of leaders, their future will continue to look unbright.
Chinese government’s economic regulation, military and diplomatic conflicts will cause disruption in many places around the world, and would not be great for both Chinese and other people from different nations.
Korea is not free from this conflict either.
To solve this problem Korean libertarians and Chinese libertarians’ role are very important.
We must prevent the expansion of the power of each other’s governments. And we need to expand free trade.
AK: What is your opinion about Japan? Does Japan have influence on Korean politics?
Allen: I do not like the Japanese government but like every aspect of Japan. Japan is like a scape goat in Korean politics. Korean government and officials create outside enemy to prevent Koreans from focusing on the problems existing in the Korea society.
Japanese government and officials use the same method. For example, Japan always use Dokdo conflict and historical problems which increases hostilities of both citizens and maintain people’s pride in nationalism.
These issues will only create reasons for the government to interfere in more diverse aspects.
They can increase military expenses and regulations in education from this.
AK: Do you think Japan should admit its fault in the matter of comfort women? President Park demanded it, meanwhile, political leaders attend Yasukuni temple, do you find it OK?
Allen: Comfort women problem and war caused by Japan are terrible, terrible criminal activities. And they need to acknowledge their misdeeds.
Japanese government and Japanese king did make official apology for this matter.
The problem is the compensation for comfort women.
Under Park Jung Hee’s regime, comfort women victim problem was already settled and met with an agreement by two governments, which of course was against the will of victims.
Park used these compensation monies on subvention of industries for the sake of so called economic development.
That is why the compensation conflict is never ending.
This is very shocking in the perspectives of libertarians.
The 3rd person who have no connection with the incident, forcefully settles the problem with the assailant and justifies it….
The Korean government should compensate these victims for social justice.
But Korean government is only blaming the Japanese government. This is very cowardly and unjust.
I also do not understand why Japanese officials visit Yasukuni temple. It is where the criminals who committed war crimes are buried. This is illogical and inhumane. If they are humans they need to think intellectually.
AK: What is your opinion about EU and political crisis in 2014-2017? Does it have future?
Allen: I believe that EU should be abolished. Just like Brexit incident, rest of EU member should follow suit.
Breaking away from EU is a small step but there should be more steps such as abolishing governmental authority and separation to gain liberty.
This is the only way to see a bright liberty society.
AK: What do you think of Russian Federation and its politics?
Allen: Russia on the surface looks democratic society and looks as if many small and middle parties exist.
There are many negative opinions in public about Putin, but unlike the opinions, the outside parties seem to not be able to check Putin’s administration.
I always wonder why about this and curious how strong the presidential authority can be in Russia.
AK: What are the perspectives for Republic of Korea — US relations? What can say about Donald Trump’s regime?
Allen: As mentioned before, currently Moon’s administration is cooperating with US administration. But the relationship of Korea and Us can change accordingly from the actions taken by the North Korea.
Donald Trump admiration looks idiotic.
They should not care nor intervene in the conflicts occurring in Korea nor the trade.
Free trade is always a win-win for both countries.
A politician using mere graphs and diagrams to analysis the economy status whether it surplus or deficit is extremely dangerous. Market is never that simple.
UNIT 6: REPUBLIC OF KOREA AND UKRAINE
AK: What is your opinion towards annexing of the Crimean Peninsula? Do you support the idea that Crimea belongs to Ukraine?
Allen: I am aware that I have voted for the withdrawal of Ukraine from the Crimea peninsula. Voting Most citizens living in the Crimean Peninsula wanted to belong to the Russian Federation with the withdrawal of Ukraine. According to libertarian principle, crème citizen’s will to break out of Ukraine should be respected. So I respect the decisions of the Crimean people.
AK: What solutions do you suggest for Ukrainian hybrid war issue in the East?
Allen: The background of East Ukraine’s hybrid war is involved with a very complicated problem. It is because there is no definite prescription about the problem of territorial division and independence of the new nations that emerged after the disintegration of the Soviet Union, or because the problem was solved by force. Thus, it seems that the Russian government is deploying hybrid warfare in various forms in Georgia, East Ukraine, and Estonia.
The solution for this is quite simple.
Russia and Ukraine government needs to respect any region’s declaration of being independent and promise that they would not intervene.
Only this method will stop war and help bring peace.
AK: How do you see Ukraine on modern political agenda? Do you believe Ukraine has good chances for success?
Allen: I have no idea on what is the crucial factor in political agenda. But what I could say is that Ukraine is in a political mess both from the outside factors and the inner factors.
Inner problems- there are collision between the nationalists and others who favor Russian government. (east vs west)
Outside problems- the UN is deeply involved in the inner problems.
The only way to solve this problem is to accept any region’s declaration of being independent and promise that they would not intervene.
Also, there needs to be liberation in economy, this is the only way Ukraine will be able to see a bright future.
AK: What is the future of Ukraine-Korea relations?
Allen:Unless governments make hasty and idiotic decisions, free trade will continue and there will be more Koreans visiting Ukraine.
AK: Do you see similarities between Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine in 2013-2014 and anticorruption protests in Korea?
Allen: Two incidents have similarity in a fact that they both impeached their president.
The difference, however, is that in Korea, the protests have proceeded peacefully, and those who oppose the impeachment of the president have held ‘Taegeukgi protest’.
AK: What would you say to Ukrainian youth that fights for democratic values?
Allen: Instead of fighting for democracy, fight for liberty.
Liberty must be the best political purpose, not a means.
Use every method to get the liberty taken away from the government.
We will also try as hard to accomplish liberty. If you start to have intellectual revolution for true liberty, you will see amazing future. You must study the Austrian school of economics and study Libertarianism philosophy.
AK: Could we possibly establish relations between young Koreans and Ukrainians?
Allen: Of course! we have every transportation for land, sea, and even air. We also have internet. We can have affiliation whenever we want and can cooperate each other.
P.S. In addition to Crimea issues: «I must say that the behavior of the Russian government is wrong. This is not Political Problem but natural right problem. Your friends (Ukrainian Crimean) have the right to return hometown. It is a crime to harass your friends through violence and coercion. Putin is shit man!»