Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th Mar 2017 12:53 UTC

But the mood is different in South Korea these days. There's always been public opposition to corruption and nepotism in the country's chaebol conglomerates, but the country has never seen anything like the massive protests that swept the streets last year and helped drive President Park's approval rating down to four percent. In a climate like this, where widespread outrage can lead to the impeachment of a president, even a Samsung chairman might have reason to worry.

When a Korean, Chinese, African, or South-American man gives money to politicians in exchange for favours, we call it corruption. When a western man gives money to politicians in exchange for favours, we call it lobbying.

Language shapes perception.

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by mmrezaie on Thu 9th Mar 2017 13:06 UTC
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Lobbying is losing its appeal and I do not think it can continue being like this unless west is going to be fine with being less and less fair in all the castes of the society. Unfortunately, if the current trend in US and EU and rise of populism is going to gain momentum we are not going to solve it soon anyway. I wonder when we look at it and say "remember when we came with an idea of lobbying, well now the system can have a broader view on those matters than a small number of massive companies. So we will trust our studies than suggestions coming from those businesses". Is it just a fantasy?

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