North Korea

6 Mar

So I looked at my stats and discovered that I had had someone view my blog from North Korea. As ordinary citizens don’t have access to the internet I think that can safely assume that whoever it was held some sort of privileged position within that state.

In case they’re reading I would like to say that with any luck it won’t be long before the north Korean working class rise up and bring down the Kims’ disgusting regime which despite calling itself communist bears no relation to anything resembling real Socialism, especially now that they are collaborating with China to set up ‘special economic zones’ to compete with an increasingly militant Chinese workforce. If you have not seen the following film please watch it (but be warned there is VERY upsetting content involving some horrific descriptions of Nazi-like atrocities (and I’m not just saying this, i generally hate that sort of hyperbole) and ex prison guards talking about what they did seemingly without any remorse.

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3 Responses to “North Korea”

  1. radicalchains March 20, 2014 at 6:34 pm #

    Frankly his story, reading the Wikipedia entry sounds like the biggest load of bollocks. A fairy tale. It’s worth noting the biography in question was written by a Washington Post hack.

  2. radicalchains March 20, 2014 at 10:37 pm #

    There are a few inconsistencies and questionable parts in the film. Firstly about the several thousand prisoners forced to watch public executions sounds slightly dubious. That could potentially be the whole camp, with weapons around that could be a huge security risk.The whipping of the prisoner from 8 until 1, I don’t think this is actually physically possible. It would have to be explained in more detail. He says the only thing they had to eat was a spoonful of gruel three times a day. Later he mentions that his mother had hidden part of her rice ration to give to her other son in case of emergency. If North Korea struggles to feed itself they are hardly going to give rice to prisoners. And it contradicts what he said earlier about the food in the camp. During his interrogation he remarks that the guards were worried about killing him because he was small yet earlier it has been claimed guards would kill anyone at any time including babies and pregnant women. In some footage supposed to be of the camp it shows lots of people wearing baseball caps, supposedly prisoners. That seems like a bit of an unnecessary extravagance especially given the mainstream discourse on the North Korean economy. At another point the main guy refers to North Korea as his home but says elsewhere he knew nothing of it, only the camp. On a more general point the use of ‘Nazi’s’ or ‘death camps’ in my opinion isn’t helpful. According to their own testimony the camp is not somewhere people are sent specifically to be killed. If they are prisons then their labour is being exploited like many prisons in the world, especially the US where capital punishment also exists. The regime may be more severe and harsh because it is not a ‘first world’ or ‘advanced’ country in large part due to the economic blockade and sanctions placed upon it. Besides, lets presume it is all true and genuine testimony. There is still no democratic solution. Given that the relevant states would have all this information and much more, detailed satellite intelligence and so on. What do they do or have they done? Nothing. They are not interested. On the other hand, I don’t think a working class revolution or even revolt on a large scale is possible. If people can barely feed themselves they are too preoccupied with merely surviving day to day. I think the film is more useful as a critique of prison and what it does to people. Especially the guards, who despite admitting many ‘human rights’ violations appear to be living quite freely in South Korea. Korea is merely the tip of the iceberg anyway, in the US there are over approximately 2 million people locked up, the largest prison population in the world.

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