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Walmart Failed in Korea Because of a Lack of Walking Around

Y'know, you can read all the case studies you want. It's hard to fully understand international business without going to different countries and walking around.

So, let's talk business and walking around. I was in Seoul, South Korea for a month last summer.

I came to like Korean culture a lot. Koreans are some of the strongest, proudest people I've come across. They manage to combine a strong warrior culture with the utmost civility, order, cleanliness, and quality of life.

It's pretty incredible, actually. Many societies with a strong militant, warrior feeling about them descend into kind of a barbaric police state sort of vibe, constant terror in the air.

Korea? Nope. The men are proud, masculine, patriot, somewhat militant, but in a good way. There's a mix of strong, expansive, traditional values, along with a large minority undercurrent of modernity. It's really good - it's the best of all possible worlds. There's problems - the blatant racism and xenophobia kind of sucks, but I don't mind it so much. Nowhere's perfect.

Fundamentally Wrong

On Linus Rylander

"One truth is clear, whatever is, is right."

~ Alexander Pope

I'm not a racist, because racists are fundamentally wrong. Incorrect.

Racists make subjective judgements about other people based on the color of their skin, which, based on what we know about humans, the brain, etc, is a fundamentally irrational thing to do.

Someone's intelligence, competence or ability has no correlation to that person's ethnicity. Therefore, racism is wrong.

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