North Korea: A Modern Portrait of the Past?

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‘North Korea invites parody. We laugh at the excesses of the propaganda and the gullibility of the people. But consider that their indoctrination began in infancy, during the fourteen-hour days spent in factory day-care centers; that for the subsequent fifty years, every song, film, newspaper article, and billboard was designed to deify Kim Il-sung; that the country was hermetically sealed to keep out anything that might cast doubt on Kim Il-sung’s divinity. Who could possibly resist?’ ― Barbara Demick,

As you finish your staple breakfast of corn or maize porridge, you may put on your state-approved clothes, journey a 110 metres below ground, heave the great steal bomb shelter-like doors of the station shut behind you, pass the local guards standing gripped by their motionless national duties on your way and prepare to travel on line 2 of North Korea’s Pyongyang Metro (평양 지하철 P’yŏngyang Chihach’ŏl), one of the deepest…

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6 thoughts on “North Korea: A Modern Portrait of the Past?

  1. There’s an example of your communism that you like so much Opher.
    It’s a hybrid of Mao’s China and Hitler’s Germany.
    Gotta love a good state run socialist enterprise.

      1. Just yer normal commoner garden socialist state.
        You’d get on just fine with it and soon settle in. Trust me.

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