Inspiration from Korea and the story of Mr. Toilet.

If you don’t know the story behind Mr. Toilet, I’d like to share it with you now with some historical context, because it contains two great lessons for Building Back Progressive.

South Korea developed from abject poverty to a highly industrialized nation very quickly, in only about 20 years, under a dictator named Chun-hee Park, whose party was the Democratic Republican Party. This era ended in 1980 with his assassination, which came about because the Trump-style corporations (called chaebols) were literally working people to death, and corruption was everywhere; the people were getting robbed.

Under President Park, Korea had mandatory 6-day work weeks, forced early retirements without a social safety net, and businesses that actually gave people methamphetamines to keep them going. Korea ended up with a culture of binge drinking, heavy smoking, suicide, and cancers of the colon and stomach, all of which persist with the 45-and-over crowd today. “Let’s drink and die!” …


Ed Blosch

Conversation mover. Engineer. GenX. FL-CA-AL-TX-Korea.

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