South Korea: Morality Oaths

Chun presses his cleanup

Across South Korea last week, hundreds of rallies were taking place. Amid a forest of banners whipping in the wind, a din of fervent speeches and shouted slogans engulfed civic centers, factory grounds and rural town squares. The rallies culminated in long queues before folding tables as hundreds of thousands of citizens signed a uniform oath: "We hereby solemnly pledge that we shall neither offer personal favor nor accept requests for it."

The bizarre outpouring reminded some observers of the more hysterical manifestations of the Cultural Revolution in China in the 1960s. In reality it was the latest...

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