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ECLECTICIST: North Korea

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Broadcast: 13th December, 2015

Last update: 13th December, 2015

Introduction

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‘Maintain vigilance against the ever-looming threat of an American invasion.’

‘Let us hasten final victory through a revolutionary ideological offensive!’

‘Let us turn ours into a country of mushrooms by making mushroom cultivation scientific, intensive and industrialised!’

As they say in that darkest of nations, North Korea. It’s a minor miracle that a country can succeed in alienating itself from the world’s stage so completely but the technologically impoverished denizens of the retro-Soviet Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea resolutely stand behind an electric fence of unending anti-Western propaganda—or so it would seem. What do we think we know and what do we actually know about the last Communist nuclear power?

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usually translated as "self-reliance", is the official political ideology of North Korea, described by the regime as Kim Il-Sung's "original, brilliant and revolutionary contribution to national and international thought".[1] The idea states that an individual is "the master of his destiny"[2] and that the North Korean masses are to act as the "masters of the revolution and construction".[2]



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Notes, corrections and further references

Escape from Camp 14: One man's remarkable odyssey from North Korea to freedom in the West by Blaine Harden

Interview with Blaine Harden

Documentary from 2015 (YouTube)

Vice Documentary (HBO, 2013) (YouTube)

North Korea Economy Watch

Inside the luxury world of Kim Jong-un - Telegraph, August 2015

Human Rights in North Korea: Excerpts from the Public Hearings of the Commission of Inquiry (23mins)