DP’s Lee bet big on universal basic income pledge, before backing off

DP's Lee bet big on universal basic income pledge, before backing off

It wasn’t long ago that the ruling Democratic Party’s (DP) presidential contender Lee Jae-myung was described by foreign observers as the Bernie Sanders of Korea.

Born to a self-described “dirt spoon” family – borrowing a popular term that characterizes those who grow up without the advantage of family money – the former Gyeonggi governor’s personal story is a familiar one to the Korean electorate, who are frequently courted by candidates from major political parties with rags-to-riches tales.

What makes Lee singular is how far he is willing to go with his vision of a more equal society.During his first bid to […]

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