The Good Cumings

19 May

I rolled my eyes when Robert Koehler called his interview an "", but shouldn’t have resisted reading . There’s two Cumings: the guy who writes decent history books; and, the elliptical pundit who seems to follow his own ideological definition of the Left.

I was pleasantly surprised by his support for FTA—although I would call it managed trade—which is a departure from his previous anti-globalization comments. But, the rest of his positions, on Japan, North Korea, and , are straight from leftist talking points. Which, of course, means I disagree with his views on Japan.

But, that long-term perspective on South Korean democratization and his opinion on Gwangju are invigorating and compelling.

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