Today is the 69th Birthday of the state leader of the most unique and resilient Communist state, past of present, in the world. Following yesterday’s celebration on the 99th birthday of it’s founder Kim Il Sung, the people of the Democratic Republic have yet another opportunity to be thankful for the leadership that has allowed them to be the one of longest-lasting Communist nations in the world.
Fact: The DPRK is a vibrant democracy.
Elections in North Korea are held every five years. At the national level, North Koreans elect a legislature, the Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA). In addition to the Supreme People’s Assembly, the people elect representatives to city, county, and provincial “people’s assemblies.”
In the last election (held in 2009), representatives from four three different parties (The Workers’ Party of Korea, The Korean Social Democratic Party, and The Chondoist Chongu Party) as well as 1.9% for independent deputies – a number which is higher than that of independents elected in national elections in the United States.
Not only were a wide array of parties elected, but there was 98% turnout – clearly an example of effective democracy and widespread democratic participation.
The incumbency rate for the DPRK is also much lower than that of the United States, with over 50% of the incumbents being replaced in the last election.
Fiction: Kim Jong Il is a dictator.
Kim Jong Il runs for re-election each five years in the 333rd district. He must be voted to remain in power like any other member of the DPRK’s national government.
Unlike in Egypt, where Mubarak appointed his son as his successor in the manner of a king, Kim Jong Il’s son must be elected like any other representative. In fact, in the most recent election he was voted out of office.
Fact: The DPRK represents the greatest triumph of Communism in history.
Facing the combined pressure of the United States and Japan, two of the wealthiest nations in the world, as well as tensions with the Imperialist-run occupied South Korea, the Democratic People’s Republic has nevertheless managed to remain steadfast and strong, without compromising it’s principles of anti-revisionist Marxism-Leninism.
Not only that, but the DPRK is an example of the universality of the vision of Marx, Lenin, and Stalin. The communism of the DPRK is a unique indigenous blend which has nevertheless retained the important aspects of communism which make it the correct system of government for the whole world, including the East and “third world” that the DPRK represents.
Fiction: The people of the DPRK are oppressed and wish to flee.
Over 50% of the so-called “refugees” from North Korea actually end up bribing their way back into North Korea. They are not people who wish to flee their country, but rather people who have been excluded from the rest of the world due to the influence of global capital.
Conclusion: So-called “North Korea” is not a failed state, but a shining beacon of Marxism-Leninism that we should all look to with admiration and support.
While any nation which has faced constant pressure from highly powerful imperialist powers since it’s very inception is going to have problems, the DPRK has managed to stand strong against the American aggressors. The above examples all demonstrate that the DPRK is a steadfast state and a stalwart defender of the legacy of Marxism-Leninism, as well as an example which should be followed in order to bring about future victories for the world proletariat, and their eventual liberation from the oppression of the Western bourgeois.
Here is a very interesting video on North Korean nuclear proliferation and the 2009 election: