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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Dear Leader: The Bigot

Hitch:

Here are the two most shattering facts about North Korea. First, when viewed by satellite photography at night, it is an area of unrelieved darkness. Barely a scintilla of light is visible even in the capital city. Second, a North Korean is on average six inches shorter than a South Korean. You may care to imagine how much surplus value has been wrung out of such a slave, and for how long, in order to feed and sustain the militarized crime family that completely owns both the country and its people.

But this is what proves Myers right. Unlike previous racist dictatorships, the North Korean one has actually succeeded in producing a sort of new species. Starving and stunted dwarves, living in the dark, kept in perpetual ignorance and fear, brainwashed into the hatred of others, regimented and coerced and inculcated with a death cult: This horror show is in our future, and is so ghastly that our own darling leaders dare not face it and can only peep through their fingers at what is coming.

Hitch's article highlights the shift in ideological justification for the North Korean regime; away from communism and toward a militant, and militaristic, system justified by racial superiority. Contrary to the naive assumptions of many westerners, non-whites can be just as racist as whites. Part of the rationale of Japanese Imperialism was that that the subjects of the Emperor were inherently superior to decadent white Europeans. It's one of the reasons North American POWs suffered far more at the hands of the Japanese than the Germans. The Japanese viewed themselves to be of a superior race. 

This may seem as only so much ancient history, and in the case of North Korea a bleak and modern bit of national eccentricity, yet it suggests possibilities. Hitch's particular concern is what North Korea might do in the near future, with its small cache of nuclear weapons and outsized conventional army. More worrisome is what its quasi-official patron, China, might do. It too is a post-communist country. While its leadership is far more skillful than that of the sociopaths installed in Pyongyang, like all governments it requires some kind of philosophical, or pseudo-philosophical, justification. 

Brute terror will take you only so far. Eventually the starving peasants don't really care about their own virtually worthless lives, and assume the all too predictable risks of revolt. Dictatorships fervently propagandize to provide them that patina of legitimacy; a rationale to the starving peasants that their suffering is for a higher cause, however perverse. China is practically another planet to North Korea, yet its regime's need for legitimacy is no less great. Racial superiority, though probably of less fanatical kind, is always a potential tool in the kit of the ChiComs.

Posted by Richard Anderson on February 10, 2010 | Permalink

Comments

Lefties will still love North Korea as long as they remain hard-core fascists. The 'progressive' left's singular ideal is absolute iron-fisted control over people which the North Korean government has achieved.

Posted by: Philanthropist | 2010-02-10 12:03:41 PM


You are correct about racism. The most ingrained and institutionalised racism I have ever seen was in the far East, especially countries like China, Japan and Korea. There it is simply the norm. Before anyone gets too excited by this, I am referring to the majority of people recognising that exceptions exist.

As for North Korea I cannot see China allowing the nuttier to start an actual war, for that would not be in their own interests and they pull the strings. As things are the nuttier serves their purpose of being a thorn in the West's side.

Posted by: Alain | 2010-02-10 12:22:28 PM


It's scary how a few people can control so many people. If people could just unite then there can be no leaders that are left unchecked.

Posted by: cm photography | 2010-02-10 1:52:46 PM


It's scary how a few people can control so many people. If people could just unite then there can be no leaders that are left unchecked.

Posted by: cm photography | 2010-02-10 1:52:46 PM

It starts on the same road we (and Britain) are on now. More and more intrusion into personal affairs. Enforcing regulations that are "for our own good", or will save "billions" of dollars. A CHRC type of organization restricting our freedom to speak or publish. A population that pays scant attention as long as it affects some other group. A little lost freedom here, a little one there and one day we will celebrate our own "Dear" leader. Tried riding a bicycle without a helmet lately ???.

Posted by: peterj | 2010-02-11 9:24:08 PM


Spot on, Peter. It is so evident and clear yet the majority remain blind resulting in the continual erosion of freedom.

Posted by: Alain | 2010-02-12 11:59:29 AM



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