[epub] 最純潔的種族:北韓人眼中的北韓人Author B.R. Myers – Avengersinfinitywarfullmovie.de

June 12, 2018 saw a momentous event in world politics, an event that future historians will single out as a defining event of the twenty first century, an event the like of which has never been seen before in relations between sovereign states, not in this century, not in the last century, not in the whole of recorded human history I am of course referring to the 2018 North Korea United States summit..Why was this summit so different from all past summits, past conferences, conclaves, council June 12, 2018 saw a momentous event in world politics, an event that future historians will single out as a defining event of the twenty first century, an event the like of which has never been seen before in relations between sovereign states, not in this century, not in the last century, not in the whole of recorded human history I am of course referring to the 2018 North Korea United States summit..Why was this summit so different from all past summits, past conferences, conclaves, councils, seminars or any other meeting between heads of state ever Why so unlike Yalta or Potsdam or Munich or Camp David or Sharm el Sheikh Was it the participants a vicious dictator meeting the leader of the free world Was it the circumstances a summit held to prevent the almost certain outbreak of nuclear war triggered by the twitter rivalry of Little Rocket Man and a US President ready to press his Nuclear Button which is much bigger andpowerful The first clue to the unique nature of this summit came a few days before it took place You can see this clue on prominent display in the picture below The clue is not the letter inside the envelope of course President Trump thought it was a great letter, although he never read it but the big shiny envelope itself Historians of early generations read the Zinoviev Letter, the Letter from Birmingham Jail or Einstein s letter to President Roosevelt Historians of the Trump administration will pass over the letter s contents and instead ponder the size of the envelope and the abundantly shiny reflective properties of the paper out of which it was made They will remark on its resemblance to envelopes used during the Oscar ceremony or when announcing the winner of Miss World.The next clue to the special nature of the 2018 North Korea United States Summit comes in the form of a trailer produced by Destiny Pictures and distributed by that well known source of popular light entertainment, the White House Click through to the video below to see what is one of the most incredible videos your taxes ever paid to produce I think we are close to the real nature of the 2018 North Korea United States Summit I ll use its popular name from now on Comic Yalta This is the first time in history that an international summit was not the serious meeting of sovereign states that it pretended to be but instead was what it looked like to all the world the pilot episode of a poorly produced reality TV show.For the first time in history a major international summit meeting was held with no substance at all None No sherpas, no agreement, no agreed press statement, no objectives, no resolution Nothing at all just two individuals of doubtful moral character hanging out in a room for forty five minutes pretending to each other and to the world that they were having a world changing international summit meeting This has actually happened in our lifetimes It might even happen again.Trump didn t have to prepare for Comic Yalta because he has performed in a reality TV most of his working life, and to a record breaking audience since November 2016 The DPRK has been preparing Kim for his role on set for decades as well The sole objective of Comic Yalta was to entertain the populations of Korea, America, Japan and other countries and make the people feel good for a few hours This, not co incidentally, is also the purpose of most prime time TV And by all accounts Comic Yalta has succeeded Kim looks secure and Trump s popularity his ticked up Not panem et circenses exactly,porcus crustum et linum rapio McDonalds and Netflix or the closest I could get with google translate.How can I be so certain that Comic Yalta was nothingthan reality TV Might it not have been a sincere attempt by both parties to serve up World Peace, with a chunk of Nobel Prize on the side Well, besides that envelope, Destiny Pictures and everything about Comic Yalta looking like a cheap TV program, we have this book, being an excellent review of North Korean domestic propaganda DPRK propaganda for the home market is very different from propaganda aimed at the world outside and, as the author notes in his introduction, is often ignored on account of being either inaccessible or just too weird The Cleanest Race argues convincingly that domestic DPRK propaganda is built on Japanese propaganda from the time Korea was a Japanese colony when both countries saw their citizens as ethnically superior to the rest of the world As a result at its heart it is deeply racist and fascistic Other races particularly the Americans are inferior while the Korean people are pure blooded and virtuous, albeit too virtuous to survive in an evil world without a great parental leaderWe have all seen clips of the Arirang mass games in which scores of children of the same height, body type and hairstyle dance and leap in unison These games are not the grim Stalinist exercises in anti individualism that foreigners such as the makers of the aforementioned documentary often misperceive them as, but joyous celebrations of the pure bloodedness and homogeneity from which the race s superiority derivesThis ethno centric ideology is broadly held in the DPRK and sustains the popularity to the regimeParanoid nationalism may well be an intellectual void, and appeal to the lowest instincts there is nothing in North Korean ideology that a child of twelve cannot grasp at once but for that very reason it has proven itself capable of uniting citizens of all classes.Typical of authoritarian regimes, other races are portrayed as subhuman and worth of extinction It is interesting to see how DPRK writers portray ethnically inferior Americans, as this excerpt from a popular novel about the deliberate poisoning of Korean children by American missionaries showsthe Americans evil can be read in their big noses, large breasts and sunken eyes The old jackal s spade shaped eagle s nose hung villainously over his upper lip, while the vixen s teats jutted out like the stomach of a snake that has just swallowed a demon, and the slippery wolf cub gleamed with poison like the head of a venomous snake that has just swallowed its skin Their six sunken eyes seemed like open graves constantly waiting for corpsesAn example of the success of DPRK propaganda efforts is the famous canard that North Korean citizens believe that American food aid is nothing of the sort but rather tribute paid by the US to the Korean people This seems hardly credible to someone outside DPRK but the book explains why this can be true the North Korean people have been fed a complex but believable narrative about the US and South Korea over the years that can justify such a belief.In the eighties and nineties it became increasingly clear that South Korean standards of living were outpacing those of the North The ever increasing flow of communications from South to North showing better material lifestyles in the south the tapes, videos, DVDs, broadcasts was difficult to stop DPRK propaganda rose to this new challenge, with the narrative that Kim Jong il I had swung to a military first strategy, which meant the DPRK forgoing material luxuries in order to focus on a military build up that would protect both North and South Korea from increased Yankee military aggressionthe southern masses are acutely aware that were it not for the DPRKs military first policy, the Yankees would long since have plunged them into another ruinous war., They owe their material comfort to the self sacrifice not only of the Dear Leader, but of all the heroic citizens of the DPRKEven the Korean famine in the 1990s was built into the narrativeif anything, the famine may have strengthened support for the regime by renewing the sense of ethnic victimhood from which the official worldview derived its passion Many migrants remember a widespread yearning for war with America during the famineBut while the DPRK propagandists have fed these narratives they have boxed themselvesandinto a corner, giving themselves less room to maneuver while they try and produce a coherent story As a result the greatest security risk they have been facingrecently comes not from America, but from the prosperity of South Korea As the author states, the Kim regime would not survive the realization that it was not the Yankees who were blocking reunification all long but their own blood brothers in the southPyongyang negotiates with Washington not to defuse tension but to manage it, to keep it from tipping into all out war or an equally perilous all out peace Ignorant of this, because ignorant of the North s ideology, Americans tend to blame problems in the US DPRLK relationship on whoever happens to be in the Oval Office, thinking him either too soft or too hard on PyongyangTrump, as ignorant of DPRK ideology as he is of everything outside his own field of vision at any particular moment, gave the North Koreans exactly what they wanted status on the world stage as equal to America, recognition as a nuclear armed power, concessions on military maneuvers and all for nothing.Amazingly works by DPRK propagandists written years before Comic Yalta anticipated a time when the DPRK could be seen by the world as equal to America, as illustrated by this excerpt from a North Korean propaganda novel which imagines a conversation between US and DPRK nuclear negotiatorsGallucci We respect you The future peace not only of the Korean peninsula but also of Asia, the Pacific Region, depends on us, on the US and North Korea Mun Whose words are those Yours Gallucci The words of the White House Mun That amounts to saying that we re a superpower too Gallucci That s right, you re a superpower A superpower like America Now Korea was on an equal footing with the United States, the world s only superpower Asia s small country Korea, which had once lost its luster on the world mapSo when Trump salutes a North Korean general it makes perfect sense the propagandist s lie that North Korea was equal to America was never a lie after all This long DPRK propaganda video made after Comic Yalta shows the salute But the Koreans have no intention and never had any intention of keeping their word Why would a superior race make promises to degenerate animals like the AmericansLet us turn now to DPRK domestic propaganda s treatment of the ongoing nuclear dispute Here too the contrast to Soviet propaganda is stark Where Moscow always professed a respect for international law, the North Koreans reject the notion that a pure race should be bound by the dictates of an impure world DPRK domestic propaganda thus cheerfully admits that the DPRK joined the Non Proliferation Treaty in 1985 only to use it for the country s own ends, whereupon it ignored or scorned the treaty s stipulationsWhy would a superior race ever be scared of the degenerate AmericansSuffice to say that there is no trace of fear of any adversary in DPRK domestic propaganda One is struck by the contrast to anti American propaganda in East Germany during the 1980s, which constantly raised the specter of nuclear war On the contrary, the child race is depicted as itching for a holy war or s ngj n once a common term in Pacific War propaganda in which to kill Yankees and reunite the motherlandSo there we have it Comic Yalta s main achievment was to keep the people entertained until the next distraction comes along Already we have No sign of North Korea dismantling nuclear weapons programme, Mattis admits.Ironically talking to the North Koreans and curtailing military maneuvers was a good idea from the point of view of avoiding accidentally triggering a nuclear war, but that was not the original plan of Comic Yalta because there was no plan But given the success of its pilot episode, this reality show can run and run, keeping us on the edge of our seats until the White House production company and Destiny Pictures, who don t even know how the series will turn out themselves, screens a final, unexpected denouement Where Moscow always professed respect for international law, the North Koreans reject the notion that a pure race should be bound by the dictates of an impure world Just as a jackal cannot become a lamb, the U.S imperialists cannot change their rapacious nature from the book Our enemies are the American bastardsWho are trying to take over our beautiful fatherland.With guns that I make with my own handsI will shoot them BANG, BANG, BANG This book is timely Maybe, it will Where Moscow always professed respect for international law, the North Koreans reject the notion that a pure race should be bound by the dictates of an impure world Just as a jackal cannot become a lamb, the U.S imperialists cannot change their rapacious nature from the book Our enemies are the American bastardsWho are trying to take over our beautiful fatherland.With guns that I make with my own handsI will shoot them BANG, BANG, BANG This book is timely Maybe, it will help finding possible scenarios on the North Korean strategy facing America s recent moves The book is a good exercise in social psychology the psychology of a people, and their leaders Myers describes at length the maternal side of the North Korean leaders stresses also the Japanese influence early on, on the sense of nationalism of the north Koreans a distinct race This is the biggest deal of Trump s life Tom Rogan, 14th April 2017in readying for N Korea emergencyin ESCALATIONNasty, brutish, and short what the next Korean War will look likein YOU BELIEVE IT This a complete new premise North Korea Signals Willingness to Denuclearize, South Saysin My fascination with North Korea is well known I ve read just about every book on the subject, which was why picking this up was a no brainer And the text did not disappoint The author painstakingly walks readers through an exhaustive look at North Korean cultural mythology, and examines the cults of personality built up around Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il, and Kim Jong Un Not only does he examine these cults of personality, he explains why, precisely, it is that they work to sway the masses He My fascination with North Korea is well known I ve read just about every book on the subject, which was why picking this up was a no brainer And the text did not disappoint The author painstakingly walks readers through an exhaustive look at North Korean cultural mythology, and examines the cults of personality built up around Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il, and Kim Jong Un Not only does he examine these cults of personality, he explains why, precisely, it is that they work to sway the masses He takes the reader on a journey through history, stopping frequently to discuss North Korea s relations with the United States, Russia, and South Korea, and always makes mention of the propaganda that allows North Korea to sell its version of these political narratives to its people He adds that the North Korean myth that South Koreans live in poverty and squalor and yearn for reunification under the Great Leader became much harder to sell once North Koreans became aware of the South s wealth in terms of material superiority, so now the myth has become that though South Koreans are wealthy now, they yearn for simple, moral lives and support reunification still In reality, of course, the majority of South Koreans spare no thought for any of the Kims and are perfectly happy to delay reunification forever This is one of the most comprehensive explanations of North Korea s cultural mythology that I have ever come across, and I found it an incredibly interesting and insightful read The text itself can be kind of dry at times not as engaging as I d hoped but it s important to push through and keep reading, because the author does a great job not only looking at the cultural mythology and successful cults of personality built up in the country s propaganda apparatus, but using that discussion to explain why Pyongyang will never CAN never normalize relations with Washington I m sharing some excerpts that I found particularly fascinating But judging from refugee testimony, North Koreans are no fonder of the solitary activity of reading than South Koreans are Most get their romance from films and TV dramas, which still depict love in a twee and formulaic manner reminiscent of Bollywood, with girlfriends summoned by bird call imitations, courtship conducted while bobbing around a tree, and so on The childishness of the love exalts it As the DPRK s most influential writer once said of his characters, their love is permeated with Korean morality, in contrast to the greasy love of Western people What may look to outsiders like a simple love story is thus as much a part of the Text as anything else Though I dispute his wrongful simplicity in describing Bollywood love films which I m not really a fan of myself I prefer classic Indian cinema from the 1950s but still, even I can tell you that his interpretation of Bollywood courtship is wrong, and betrays a misunderstanding of the Indian culture , I thought the contrast set up between Korean moral love and Western greasy love was interesting About the cult of personality A personality cult comes into being when a one man dictatorship presents itself as a democracy The goal is to convey the impression that due to the ruler s unique qualifications and the unanimity of the people s love for him, his rule constitutes the perfect fulfillment of democratic idealsTo eliminate all doubt that the Leader s virtues were inborn and not acquired, the Text plays up his impeccable lineage and the very young age at which he began manifesting his virtueWith very short hair and a soft, pale moon face marked by small and feminine features, the boy Kim il Sung recalls the children pictured in imperial Japanese schoolbooks Usually he looks cheerful, showing the dimpled smile to which the Text constantly draws attention In some pictures, like one in which he receives a gun from his mother, he seems to sense the responsibility weighing on his young shoulders, but even here his eyes are blank because true Korean spontaneity ends where an intellectual expression begins, Kim is never shown thinking This was one of the most incredible insights I gleaned from this book It put everything else I d learned about North Korea and its propaganda into context No other text had bothered to explain it like this the Koreans believe they are a superior, clean race Their leader is the embodiment of that clean race but on steroids One of the Korean characteristics is spontaneity, and a childishness born of virtue and naivete that makes them superior beings in this dirty, cruel, brutal world Because of this, none of its leaders can be seen as intellectuals The author explains further Stories of Kim s on the spot guidance are alike not only in their depiction of the hero, but in their storylines and secondary characters as well The latter usually include a rather slow witted aide a different man each time, the better to play up his comic astonishment at the leader s every word and deed Things usually start off with Kim in an unidentified office In contrast to the Stalin cult, with its many paeans to the light in the Kremlin window, the Text does not associate the leader with any particular residence or workplace he was and is everywhere, for he is at the heart of every Korean The standard plot the aide reports on a problem in a remote farm or factory, the leader jovially suggests a road trip, and the two men head out in the presidential sedan, throwing everyone into a tizzy when they arrive The leader must then be shown solving the problem, but without coming off as cerebral and therefore un Korean Both problem and solution are thus described in terms a child can grasp About how the Dear Leader is often represented hermaphroditically Just enough should be written to counter the reader s skepticism that sane people could give themselves over to the adoration of a male mother figure Sigmund Freud wrote of every child s yearning for a phallic mother, a truly omnipotent parent who is both sexes in one, and Ernest Becker agreed that the hermaphroditic image answers a striving for ontological wholeness that is inherent to man This may explain why Jesus and Buddha are farfeminine and maternal figures in the popular imagination than in the original scriptures of Christianity and Buddhism THe North Korenas race theory gives them extra reason to want a leader who is both mother enough to indulge their unique childlikeness and father enough to protect them from the evil world About the idea that Kim Jong Il or Kim Jong Un wanted want America as an ally basically, repudiation of this idea is the hidden thesis of the book, the light at the end of the tunnel, the realization that dawns on the reader after working his or her way through this entire text The obvious retort to this wishful thinking is to ask how the DPRK could possibly justify its existence after giving up the confrontational anti Americanism that constitutes its last remaining source of legitimacy We are dealing here with a failure not just of information analysis but of common sense a failure to understand that North Korea is one of two states laying claim to the same nation It must either go on convincing its citizens that it is the better Korea or acknowledge Seoul s right to rule the whole peninsula This is why it is so futile for the West to promise Pyongyang aid and assistance in return for disarmament As if the poorer Korea could trade a heroic nationalist mission for mere economic growth without its subjects opting for immediate absorption by the rival state A truly fascinating read that I wishfolks in Washington would pick up Many thanks to Edelweiss and Melville House for the ARC I picked this up because I read some reviews praising it as a guide outlining why North Korea is NOT like Communist regimes Which was news to me I d always thought it to be a USSR derived satellite It turns out that NK has a truly unique, and disturbingly understandable, personality cult that encourages its citizens to prioritize naivete, innocence, and childhood.The best parallel I can make is imagine a cult that basically convinced a population to go back to Adam and Eve in Eden A singl I picked this up because I read some reviews praising it as a guide outlining why North Korea is NOT like Communist regimes Which was news to me I d always thought it to be a USSR derived satellite It turns out that NK has a truly unique, and disturbingly understandable, personality cult that encourages its citizens to prioritize naivete, innocence, and childhood.The best parallel I can make is imagine a cult that basically convinced a population to go back to Adam and Eve in Eden A single nurturing guardian will protect you from the corrupted world, and it s just your job to remain carefree Now strip out the religion and replace it with a deeply racist cultural position, chuck in some historical aggression from external threats, find a motherly looking figurehead, and you ve got North Korea.Really, the whole book s fascinating The cult itself makes no sense to an onlooker, but I can see why it s the most natural thing in the world to the people raised in it But don t go looking forthan propaganda analysis here this is about how N Koreans see themselves and their national identity, not about prison camps and famine.I m knocking a star off purely because you need a bit of grounding in Korean War era events to grasp some concepts When dealing with propaganda to this degree, it can be hard to untangle the propaganda from the reality There were a few mentions of outrageous crimes that I had to research as I read, as you can t tell if the author s recounting NK propaganda, if NK s exaggerating a real event, or if the entire thing s true.As I neared the end of the book, I definitely started to get outraged at the idea that the US are sending immense amounts of food aid to North Korea, and NK is telling its citizens that it s basically tributes from a fearful nation to the Great Leader BR Myers seems pretty convinced that we re going about North Korea in the wrong way, and after reading this, I wanted to cut off foreign aid completely Jeez.Anyhow Fascinating read, and also probably a good bit of research if you re writing a novel and want some source material for world building a personality cult I liked B.R Myers s takedown of literary fiction way back when and was game to give this a try, even though it s on a totally unrelated topic, namely, the political and national mythology of North Korea The general idea is that it s a mistake to see North Korea as the last bastion of hardline Stalinism Instead, their militant and isolationist stance is the result of a bizarre mythos of racial purity Over several generations of political turmoil, and encouraged by Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, I liked B.R Myers s takedown of literary fiction way back when and was game to give this a try, even though it s on a totally unrelated topic, namely, the political and national mythology of North Korea The general idea is that it s a mistake to see North Korea as the last bastion of hardline Stalinism Instead, their militant and isolationist stance is the result of a bizarre mythos of racial purity Over several generations of political turmoil, and encouraged by Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, there arose a story of Koreans as a racially immaculate people, characterized by childlike innocence and spontaneity, who require a seemingly genderless parental figure to shepherd them through an evil and debased world Americans are the worst of all, and South Koreans yearn for unity under North Korean leadership Myers presents the various aspects of this story, which he draws from visual and written propaganda and not the stuff that s been translated into English, instead the original Korean language materials It s oddly like an art historical project of iconographic analysis, except instead of explaining what a lily represents in a picture of the Virgin Mary, we re finding out what a picture of Kim Il Sung hugging a soldier is supposed to mean The overall effect is bizarre but convincing Extra points for brevity there s something slightly unhinged about Professor B.R Myers, whose vitriolic takedowns of North Korean juche philosophy have the character of a personal attack until you learn that Professor Myers is a long time Korea expat, and surrounded by a culture that notoriously comes off as highly emotional to many Americans and certainly almost all Japanese, Myers himself resorts to loyalty demonstrating takedowns of unKoreanness in N.K propaganda as well as forces in his adopted country he d there s something slightly unhinged about Professor B.R Myers, whose vitriolic takedowns of North Korean juche philosophy have the character of a personal attack until you learn that Professor Myers is a long time Korea expat, and surrounded by a culture that notoriously comes off as highly emotional to many Americans and certainly almost all Japanese, Myers himself resorts to loyalty demonstrating takedowns of unKoreanness in N.K propaganda as well as forces in his adopted country he despises the strange mood swinging dysphoria in Myers writing ironically echoes the weirdness of North Korea itself, and although Myers long standing feud with leftist Bruce Cumings is well known, I m not sure Professor Cumings deigns to respond it s the flea raging against the tiger, and the tiger can t be rid of the flea, but the tiger is still looking where to find its next ibix.Although CLEANEST RACE has plenty of nice propaganda photos and reads fluently, in many ways it comes a distant third to Cumings or even the right of centre Barbara Demick Part of the problem is that Demick is at least trained in journalism, but Myers did all his graduate study in Soviet studies and didn t even work in the East Asian field after getting his degrees it s cold war geopolitical approaches mixed in with some german and japanese thinking about Korea culture, and while fascinating in its own way, lacks the academic rigor of others in this field.although a useful edition to the north korea literature, this brief work can t be considered ground breaking scholarship there is truth in madness, sometimes, but I m not sure I d want to be locked in a room with either a group of north korean soldiers or Professor Myers If we did not know that Iran is an Islamic state, it would forever baffle us, no matter how good the rest of our intelligence might be Myers succinctly and persuasively lays out why the US seems to be similarly baffled by North Korea What is North Korea Is it a crazy mix of traditional Confucianism and Marxist Leninism If only The real answer is far weirder and muchdisturbing The North Koreans adopted and amped up the propaganda world view of the Japanese colonial regime without t If we did not know that Iran is an Islamic state, it would forever baffle us, no matter how good the rest of our intelligence might be Myers succinctly and persuasively lays out why the US seems to be similarly baffled by North Korea What is North Korea Is it a crazy mix of traditional Confucianism and Marxist Leninism If only The real answer is far weirder and muchdisturbing The North Koreans adopted and amped up the propaganda world view of the Japanese colonial regime without the Japanese The Koreans are the purest and most virtuous race in the world Their virtues are those of children North Korea is often compared to 1984, but Brave New World with its infantilization of the masses seems equally applicable The simple Koreans would like to be left alone but need to be protected from the depredations of the outside world by the parental leaders, the Kims The word parental is key, since while the Kims are male, their virtues are those of the mother No fooling Juche, or self reliance, is just intellectual window dressing The disturbing part is that Myers clearly shows that the popularity of this racist ideology explains Pyongyang s behavior and that this ideology will not let us talk North Korea down from the ledge Understanding North Korea through its propaganda What do the North Koreans really believe How do they see themselves and the world around them Here BRMyers, a North Korea analyst and a contributing editor of The Atlantic, presents the first full length study of the North Korean worldview Drawing on extensive research into the regime sdomestic propaganda, including films, romance novels and other artifacts of the personality cult, Myers analyzes each of the country s official myths in turn from the notion of Koreans uniquemoral purity, to the myth of an America quaking in terror of the Iron General In a concise but groundbreaking historical section, Myers also traces the origins of this official culture back to theJapanese fascist thought in which North Korea s first ideologues were schooled What emerges is a regime completely unlike the West s perception of it This is neither a bastion ofStalinism nor a Confucian patriarchy, but a paranoid nationalist, military first state on the far right of the ideological spectrum Since popular support for the North Koreanregime now derives almost exclusively from pride in North Korean military might, Pyongyang can neither be cajoled nor bullied into giving up its nuclear program The implications for US foreign policy which hashitherto treated North Korea as the last outpost of the Cold War are as obvious as they are troubling With North Korea now calling for a blood reckoning with the Yankeejackals, Myers s unprecedented analysis could not be timelyFrom the Hardcover edition Absolutely fascinating look at North Korea s self image The author skillfully presents the argument that North Korea s attitude of themselves as a pure, clean race constantly in danger of contamination by everyone outside their borders is what fuels the ability of the Kim dynasty to stay in power The Kims are maternal figures, protectors of the childlike populace, and Myers copious quotes from propaganda that is seen by domestic eyes bears out that thesis What they see, and what is trans Absolutely fascinating look at North Korea s self image The author skillfully presents the argument that North Korea s attitude of themselves as a pure, clean race constantly in danger of contamination by everyone outside their borders is what fuels the ability of the Kim dynasty to stay in power The Kims are maternal figures, protectors of the childlike populace, and Myers copious quotes from propaganda that is seen by domestic eyes bears out that thesis What they see, and what is translated into English for foreign consumption, in quite different The internal propaganda is farracist and, as a result, it is unlikely that there would ever be an improvement of relations between them and the rest of the world There is absolutely no advantage for them to do so when they already get foreign aid from a number of countries And, as what happened when the USSR started reducing the amount of aid, they simply go without.There are other reviews here fareloquent Go read them and check out the book if you re curious It s not a litany of crimes against humanity, but an exploration of the mindset on the Korean peninsula and how it s fertile ground for an authoritarian cult of personality.Riveting stuff Fascinating on the North Korean ideology which builds on the legacy of the half century of Japanese rule, to invent the notion that the Koreans are the purest of all Asian races pure rather than superior Their purity makes them helpless, and they need a father figure to guard their purity This is muchimportant than Marxism, to which lip service is paid, but which confuses American lefties, and farimportant than Confucianism, which is non existent in NK The complexity is that m Fascinating on the North Korean ideology which builds on the legacy of the half century of Japanese rule, to invent the notion that the Koreans are the purest of all Asian races pure rather than superior Their purity makes them helpless, and they need a father figure to guard their purity This is muchimportant than Marxism, to which lip service is paid, but which confuses American lefties, and farimportant than Confucianism, which is non existent in NK The complexity is that many South Koreans are attracted by this notion which, after all, is something that the oldest generation grew up with before WWII , and that NKs hold it sincerely Completely amazing