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People Power Party (국민의힘, Gugminui-Him), formerly known as the United Future Party (미래통합당, 未來統合黨, Milaetonghabdang), is a right-wing, social conservative and anti-communist party in South Korea. It was created as a merger of several hard-line conservative, anti-communist right-wing parties, including Liberty Korea Party (자유한국당, 自由韓國黨), New Conservatives (새로운보수당, 새로운保守黨) and Onward for Future 4.0Wikipedia (미래를향한전진4.0, 未來를향한前進4.0). On 9 March, 2022, presidential canadate Yoon Suk-yeol, won the election and is scheduled to take office on 10 May, 2022.[1]

Political position[edit]

Officially, it calls for "moderate conservatism" (중도보수, 中道保守). In reality, its leadership is made up of traditionalists and older people, and its supporters made up of alt-right young people.

The absolute majority of party members refuse to recognize the existence of LGBT. There was a debate between this party and the more moderate Democratic Party of Korea on whether acceptance of gay people should be either opposed or require a national consensus, which both candidates drew a lot of fire from social media.[2]

It is difficult to characterize a tendency as a big tent party, but it is actually a hard-line conservative party that is far from a "moderate conservative."

Diplomatically, People Power Party has a strong pro-U.S. and anti-PRC tendency. The position on Russia is not clear. (However, they are less friendly to Russia than to the Minjoo Party because of their traditional anti-North Korea tendencies.)

Conservatives in South Korea are pro-business, but unlike conservatives in the United States, they have supported economic intervention rather than fiscal conservatism. But conservatives in South Korea always have a more hostile view of welfare and labor than conservatives in the United States. (see South Korea#Poor welfare and labor right)

In 2021, Lee Jun-seok(이준석), a young "moderate conservative", was elected as the leader of the PPP party. The problem is that this moderation is more of an alt-lite line that is "moderate" in South Korean political standards and NOT "moderate" at all in U.S. political standards. Lee Jun-seok is classified as a 'centrist' because he conflicts with the conservatism of the elderly in South Korea, but he is also notorious as an anti-feminist.[3] In addition, during his BMP years, he made extreme claims that "the Women's Committee, the Youth Committee, and the Disabled Committee should all be dissolved."[4] Lee, in particular, has put forward a radical policy of abolishing all affirmative action within the PPP.[5] Left-wing commentator Jin Joong-kwon(진중권) and conservative politician Na Kyung-won(나경원) from the PPP called Lee "like Trumpism."[6] The fucking funny thing is that Lee Jun-seok has no traditionalist tendency, so Na Kyung-won is classified as a right-wing conservative and Lee Jun-seok as a moderate conservative. This shows how extremely South Korea's conservative politics are.[7]

Austin Bashore, a U.S. Green Party member and left-wing activist belonging to a minority (white) race people in South Korea, called PPP a "party that stimulates anti-foreign sentiment" (반외국인 정서를 자극하는 정당).[8][9]

See also[edit]

Related Political Parties in other countries


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References[edit]

  1. Hyun-woo. Nam. 10 March, 2022. The Korean Times. Yoon Suk-yeol wins presidential election.
  2. Da-min, J. (April 8, 2020). "Rival candidates slammed for 'biased' views on homosexuality". Korea Times. Retrieved July 4, 2020.
  3. 이주엽 (2021, April 12) 젊은 이준석의 반페미니즘 (Young people Lee Jun-seok's anti-feminism) Hankook Ilbo Retrieved June 15, 2021
  4. 정은혜. (August 11, 2018) 이준석 "젊은이들 9급 놓고도 무한경쟁…정치인도 자격시험 보게 할것" (Lee Joon-seok said "Young people compete indefinitely for 9th grade civil servant. I'll also have politicians take the qualification exam.") JoongAng Ilbo. Retrieved June 15, 2021
  5. 이화진 (June 1, 2021) 이준석이 쏘아 올린 ‘모든 할당제 폐지’…공정인가 소외인가 (Lee Jun-seok's "Abolition of All Quotations"... Fairness or alienation?) KBS NEWS. Retrieved June 15, 2021
  6. 송영훈 (June 11, 2021) 나경원·이준석, '트럼피즘' 격돌…"분열의 정치"vs"트럼프 비유 교묘" (Lee Jun-seok opposes the quota system... Na Kyung-won said, "(Lee Jun-seok is the)Leadership of division, Trumpism.") 노컷뉴스. Retrieved June 15, 2021
  7. 박경준 (May 28, 2021) Lee Jun-seok caused a sensation... The opposition party's leadership is facing a moderate vs. senior conservative race. Yonhap News Agency. Retrieved June 15, 2021
  8. http://www.newsm.com/news/articleView.html?idxno=23523
  9. https://twitter.com/BashoreForOhio/status/1477240279560499205