I joined George Robert Whitfield’s Seoul Libertarian Party meetup.
When it comes to ideology or party affiliation, people tend to recognize differences among others with the same party or similar ideology, but see all of the people they disagree with as being like-minded (idiots).
At tonight’s group, there were anarcho-libertarians, political Libertarians, ideological libertarians, pragmatic libertarians, libertarians in denial. There was even a Sanders supporter there tonight who thought he might be a libertarian–although I think he realized by the end of the night that he is not.
I noticed years ago that there are some libertarians who read the more ideological or theoretical texts, but don’t read the more politically focused ones. And vice-versa. I still remember talking to a libertarian friend who had never heard of David Boaz or Robert Nozick. But he had read Dave Bergland and Harrry Browne’s books backwards and forwards.
It was a pleasant time talking with them tonight. It is good to get away from NK issues sometimes, to just talk about politics or life, especially with a group of friend people who were willing to listen to all arguments, and to respond with their own views, rather than trying to shut down others as is common in so many political discussions, especially in an election year.
Of course, it is easier to have polite discussion because 1) the group leader, George Robert Whitfield, is such a gentleman and that 2) Libertarians have no chance of winning any upcoming elections.
You are invited to join WomenLabTalk when it holds a special session focusing on North Korea and North Korean refugees. The invited speakers are Sunghoon Kris Moon, North Korean refugees, Casey Lartigue Jr. and Rachel Stine.
The event is being organized by Ana Dols, an energetic lady who wants to make a difference! She writes: “I am the womenlabkorea catalyst and my goal is to use women’s collective intelligence as a driver to generate some impact in their lives and in the lives of women around them.”
This is especially relevant to the issue of North Korean refugees, about 80 percent who make it to South Korea are females.
More details and background info here.
Far From Heaven. The Unspeakable Lives of North Korean People
25,000 won per person, all of the proceeds will go to (TNKR) Teach North Korean Refugees and the Underground Railroad System Project.
726-111, Hannam Dong, Yongsan Gu, Seoul, Korea 140-210 서울시 용산구 한남동 726-111
힐사이드 레지던스 오는 방법 (How to get to Hillside residence)
1. 한남대교 북단에서 직진 – 단국대학교 지나 직진 – 볼보 자동차 빌딩 – 약 100미터 지점 도로 우편(풀향기, 루터교회 지나지 않고) 힐사이드 간판따라 우회전 – 언덕 끝에서 좌회전 – 좌회전 후 오른쪽 언덕으로 올라오면 힐사이드 입구 보안실
Hannam Bridge North side – Dankook Univ. – VOLVO Bldg – go straight 100m then turn right beside PulHyangGi Restraunt – then come up to hill then turn left – then turn right and come up to hill until you find the hillside Security Post
2. 남산에서 한남대교 방향으로 직진 – 한남대교 건너기 전 고가 밑에서 유턴 – 단국대학교 지나 직진 – 볼보 자동차 빌딩 – 약 100미터 지점 도로 우편(풀향기, 루터교회 지나지 않고) 힐사이드 간판따라 우회전 – 언덕 끝에서 좌회전 – 좌회전 후 오른쪽 언덕으로 올라오면 힐사이드 입구 보안실
From Namsan to Hannam Bridge – U-turn under the overpass of Hannam Bridge – Dankook Univ. – VOLVO Bldg – go straight 100m then turn right beside PulHyangGi Restraunt – then come up to hill then turn left – then turn right and come up to hill until you find the hillside Security Post
I had a great time at a special cooking workshop held by birthday girl Aeran Lee. She told us about the history of Yagkwa, showed us how to make, then guided us through the process of making it.
We then had lunch together, before getting to take our creations home. We are sure to hold future events like this. Of the 11 participants, 9 of them are current or past (TNKR) Teach North Korean Refugees tutors, plus the mother of a TNKR tutor also joined us.
Teach North Korean Refugees will be featured on KBS Saturday February 20 at 6 pm.
KBS was with us yesterday from 10:30 a.m. until 5 pm when we finally left the Matching session.
The Korea Herald is also planning an article soon, a reporter interviewed the TNKR co-directors a few days ago, and returned yesterday from 1 to 7 pm to learn more about what we are doing.