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North Korea’s Economy is a Disaster, but the Family Business is Thriving

October 10th, 2010 Comments off

The whole world, including the DPRK’s sole foreign friend, China, knows that North Korea is an economic catastrophe, and has been for decades. Compared to its brethren in South Korea, the so-called DPRK has about a 20th  of the per capita GDP, and can only export Scud missiles and heroin (the latter through its misnamed “diplomatic” missions abroad). However, in the surreal scientific Marxist paradise that North Korea claims to be, the genes of the “Great Leader” Kim-il Sung  are the most perfect in the universe. Thus, the lifeless corpse of Kim-il Sung remains president of the DPRK forever, while his son Kim Jong-il now runs the country.

Now that Kim Jong-il is in bad health, a successor must be prepared. Once again, scientific Marxism has determined that the best qualified candidate is none other than a member of this same august family. He is Kim Jong-un, the 27 year old son of Kim Jong-il. He has no political experience and no military experience, yet  that has not prevented him from being appointed a four-star general in the North Korean Army, and given senior political responsibilities. Very soon, the propaganda campaign will begin, “proving” that Kim Jong-un is, like his father and grandfather before him, an unmatched genius, obviously the most qualified North Korean to run the dilapidated nation.

In the last few days in the DPRK’s capital, Pyongyang, Yang Hyong Sop, one of the top officials in the country’s ruling communist party, told the Associated Press that, “our people are honored to be led by the great president Kim Il-sung and the great general, Kim Jong-il. Now we also have the honor of being led by General Kim Jong-un.” A statement to the foreign press from a senior Party figure along those lines is the surest sign yet that Kim Jong-un is being set on the fast track to follow in his father’s and grandfather’s shoes as the unchallenged dictator of the impoverished but nuclear-armed rogue state.

As nation builders, the Kim dynasty is a train wreck. But as the managers of a very lucrative family business, they are obviously brilliant. Maybe there is something after all to their title, “Great Leader.”

Punishing Policymakers For Economic Disasters, North Korea Style

March 24th, 2010 Comments off

In our enlightened Western, capitalist, free enterprise democratic world, we have a most liberal and benign way of punishing those responsible for massive systemic financial and economic malfeasance. We bail them out, at taxpayers expense, and allow the captains of failed institutions to reward themselves for their miscalculations and greed with massive bonuses, while the public at large is “rewarded” with massive  sovereign indebtedness and unemployment.

On the other hand, the Stalinist anachronism that is North Korea has a somewhat  different approach to those held accountable for economic disasters: the firing squad. So it was that Pak Nam-ki, chief for planned economy for the DPRK’s ruling party, met his end amid a hail of bullets. Supposedly, he was shot for being a stooge of an imperialist dog of a bourgeois counterrevolutionary. The truth, however, is much more interesting.

The ruling communist monarch of North Korea, Kim Jong-il , son of the nation’s founder and officially infallible, decided on a major currency reform. The reform was a disaster, leading to a steep rise in price inflation and the wiping out of the meagre savings of most North Korean families. Someone had to pay for this outcome, however the nation‘s ruler, Kim Jong-il , being the “great leader” and therefore incapable of mistakes, could not be blamed. According to press reports, the unfortunate  Pak Nam-ki was selected as the sacrificial scapegoat, and was shot.

While North Korea is clearly an extreme case, should the global economy deteriorate in the manner I expect, it is highly probable that ruling elites in the Western world will also look for scapegoats to satisfy public anger, as opposed to bailing out Wall Street in perpetuity.