Authoritative Regime

For todays blog, it shall be a history lesson as well as news on present day North Korea. I obviously don’t have a main theme for my blogs..lol my last blogs were what? restaurant reviews, ONE OK ROCK, Dumbledore being gay, etc haha but like the title says.. “My thoughts. My aspirations. My stories. My life” =)

Everyone knows that Nazi Party founder Adolf Hitler was one of the most merciless yet charismatic leaders on the 20th century. However, if you were to rank him in who was the most ruthless and had the most deaths during their totalitarian regime, would Hitler be 1st? Surprisingly enough (at least to me), Hitler is 3rd, with Soviet Premier Josef Stalin coming in at 2nd and Chairman of the Communist Party Mao Zedong leading the number 1 spot.

Perhaps many of you already knew this, perhaps not. I just though I’d write about that as it leads to my next topic of a present day society that is suffering with an authoritative regime. Many of you have probably read George Orwell’s 1984 right? Well, currently I’m reading North Korea: Through the Looking Glass by Kongdan Oh and Ralph C. Hassig for one of my classes and North Korea’s regime sounds almost identical to the dystopia society in 1984.

Here are some quotes and minor summaries I’ve pulled from the book that really stuck out to me:

Famine in 1990’s :
The biggest issue was widespread hunger and starvation, which was a direct consequence of the years of mismanagement in the economy. In response to the hunger problem, a campaign was launched saying “lets eat only two meals a day (page 43).” In later years (1995 and on), when starvation continued and food rations were sporadic or just nonexistent altogether, the government adopted a form of “exceptionalist welfare,” where people are largely responsible on local level for their own well-being but may occasionally receive “gifts from their benevolent leader in Pyongyang.”

– Food ration system: In NK, since they were against a comparative advantage kind of economy, they used a planned economy that was aurarkic, where they would supply grain etc to its citizens. People were given a ration card and used them to ‘purchase’ food. As you can see..this didn’t work and became very detrimental in the 90’s during the famine

Page 133
“According o the commander, few safety precautions were taken on the job; an average of one worker a day died in the Kwangbok Street Construction project over a three-year period” and there “no construction elevators were installed on high-rise projects, so men would have to climb as much as 30 floors up stairways or scaffolding to get to their work .”

NK governtment denies they have concentration camps…
Page 134
” There is no ‘camp’ in our Republic. In Sungho-ri, the place where the South Korean authorities allege there is a ‘camp of political prisoners’ there are industrial establishments and cooperative farms animated with creative labor and rows of modern apartment houses and rural houses overflowing with the happiness of the people.”

Page 137
“The goal of the security organization is to permeate every sector of society and to monitor the private and public life of North Korean citizens and foreign visitors .”

Page 138
“the most serious crime a North korea can commit is disloyalty to the leader”
“Anyone caught treating pictures of Kims with disrespect,such as letting them collect dust, is subject to disciplinary action. Pictures of the Kims in news papers and magazines are not to be folded or torn”

Key to effective deterrence and punishment: Yongoje (Family Purge)
Page 138-9
“A father who incurs the wrath of authorities can expect not only his immediate family, but his parents, uncles, and cousins to suffer for his crime if not by imprisonment or banishment, at least by having the crime entered into their personal records”
“when North korean commandos are stranded in South Korea, they usually commit suicide in order to die a hero’s death, with assurance that their loved ones will earn the special kind of treatment accorded to the families of fallen heroes”
“North Koreans are expected to inform on one another, even children on their parents, because if they do not report a crime and it is discovered, they are implicated”

Education
Page 141
“lessons on the importance of manual labor, the collective life, and developing a fighting spirit against the enemies of communism”
“Students are taught arithmetic by counting how many American soldiers were killed and how many of their tanks were destroyed by the brave North Koreas during the Korean War”

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2 responses to “Authoritative Regime

  1. Aozaki

    “Students are taught arithmetic by counting how many American soldiers were killed and how many of their tanks were destroyed by the brave North Koreas during the Korean War”

    Hmm… so what happened once they got past imaginary numbers?

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