North Korea: A Modern Portrait of the Past?

This is what I had written in the comments to this post:

Moving, as Most of Your posts. Two quotes from Yours say much about the situation: 1. ‘Is the Western world itself indoctrinated with its own seedy culture-eroding dictatorship, where money rules as king?’ To which we have to answer Yes. And 2. ‘We have become nothing more than passive beings plagued by indifference.’ Very True. …On the other hand, going through the comments, and observing life in general, altogether too many people seem to think that it would be enough if an administration provided meals, (as against the largely hungry third world, as they put it). So for many, it does not matter if there is NO Freedom, if mothers are forced to kill their own babies. …As for Kettles and Pots, for all our sins, We have to act too.

Globe Drifting


‘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 dark coloured 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)…

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