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Lee Jun-seok

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Feminism has a rather totalitarian disposition. Feminism reveals the problems of homogeneous groups. Quite a few things are seen turning into 'misandry', not just claiming women's rights.
—Lee Jun-seok[1]

Lee Joon-seok (이준석) (1985–) is a 'moderate conservative' politician by South Korean standards and the first political party leader in South Korea who is in his 30s. He is currently the party leader of the People Power Party. He is a politician who is close to an outsider in South Korea, and is notorious for Park Geun Hye's kid his anti-feminist and market fundamentalist tendencies.

Political position[edit]

Lee Joon-seok takes anti-feminist views in many ways. He also has other views.

  • Lee extends his criticism to the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family[note 1], calling it "a lobbyist group" trying to curry favor with women.[2] Lee also strongly argues that the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family should be abolished and a new Ministry of Youth should be established.[3]
  • His BMP years, he made extreme claims that "the Women's Committee, the Youth Committee, and the Disabled Committee should all be dissolved."[4]
  • In the introduction column of his book Fair Competition published in 2019, Lee Joon-seok said, "I will present a world that does not suffer from radical feminism as a gift to young people."[5]
  • He argues that South Korea's highways should be privatized. This was meant in the sense that privatizing South Korean highways would stimulate competition enough to adjust prices and operate more efficiently. However, since highways in South Korea are mostly single goods with no substitutes, privatization of highways inevitably leads to monopoly of certain companies.[6]
  • He argues that 'for-profit hospitals', which are legally prohibited in South Korea, should be allowed, and that when companies can easily dismiss people, management efficiency increases and society benefits. He supports basic income by saying that the social safety net should be strengthened instead, but he naturally opposes 'support' for problems caused by discrimination and abuse of social minorities in South Korean society.[7]
  • "Historically, attempts to institutionally reconcile the differences between women and men have not been successful, but advances in science have broken down barriers to entry for women," he thinks.[8]
  • He expressed his de facto opposition to the enactment of the 차별금지법 (anti-discrimination law) and insisted that the Christian camp be embraced.[9] The Christian camp in South Korea is notorious for its anti-LGBT tendency.[10]

Moderate conservative?[edit]

Although he is effectively an alt-lite politician in the US political context, he is considered 'moderate conservative' in South Korea. The main reasons for the distinction between 'moderate conservative' and 'far-right conservative' in South Korea are mainly the glorification of the military dictatorship, Confucian values, and dissatisfaction with the impeachment of former President Park Geun-hye. Lee Jun-seok opposes this. That's why there are many people in South Korea who don't understand that he is actually a far-right politician.

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  1. The 여성가족부 translates its English name into "Ministry of Gender Equality and Family". However, if you translate it directly, it will be translated as "Ministry of Woman and Family".