DPRK 101
Pyongyang's iconic hammer, sickle, and writing brush
“These three symbols represent the core classes represented by the Workers Party of Korea. The hammer and sickle symbolize the worker and farmers of ‘traditional’ communist ideology, while the
2/"calligraphy brush represents the intellectual class.

The inclusion of the intellectual class into the Workers’ Party of Korea is reflective of the role of prominent Korea intellectuals, including the linguist and scholar Kim Tu Bong, in the creation of the the party and early
3/"DPRK state as well as the traditional value of learning in Korean society.”

This piece 👇illustrates solidarity b/t workers (DPRK music students) = 🔨& farmers (= sickle). To entertain the farmers the band performed songs in the rice paddies.
4/With 3 well-defined classes comprising the whole of DPRK society & a gov't designed to work for the welfare of the People, North Korean society functions smoothly as a socialist system void of "dictatorship of the bourgeoise".

Politics of North Korea
5/"The premise of the "People's democratic dictatorship" is that the CPC and state represent and act on behalf of the people, but in the preservation of the dictatorship of the proletariat, possess and may use powers against reactionary forces. Implicit in the concept of the
6/"the people's democratic dictatorship is the notion that dictatorial control by the party is necessary to prevent the government from collapsing into a "dictatorship of the bourgeoisie", a liberal democracy, which, it is feared, would mean politicians acting in the interest of
7/"the bourgeoisie. This would be in opposition to the socialist charter of the CPC [or WPK].”

Let's say you're been living on a commune in rural America for a decade. There are 3 beloved hand-crafted wheelbarrows dating back to the commune's beginning. A slick wheelbarrow
8/wheelbarrow salesman shows up pitching his company's state-of-the-art new wheelbarrow & suddenly newer members of the commune want to buy them to replace the old ones. The commune is on a limited budget, doesn't really need them & the $ could be put to better use. The salesman
9/represents liberal democracy where you can buy anything you want w/ $. The commune elders chase the guy off the premises b/c he's a bad influence. Yet already members are considering leaving b/c by living outside the commune & subscribing to "dictatorship of the bourgeoise"
10/you can "get what you want" & not be limited to "get what you need". Yet this is the danger, the slippery slope of materialism greased by capitalist free enterprise that can lead to decadence & a 1% wealthy class getting fat at the expense of the 99% middle-poor classes.
11/Add to this that veritably all the spiritual disciplines emphasize prioritizing needs over wants, which even The Rolling Stones cover in You Can't Always Get What You Want.
"The three verses (and the varied theme of the fourth verse) address major
12/"topics of the 1960s: love, politics, and drugs. Each verse captures the essence of the initial optimism and eventual disillusion, followed by the resigned pragmatism of the chorus."

North Koreans who would defect to South Korea for plastic surgery or to get wealthy would be
13/analogous to commune members leaving the commune to get fat in materialism. Siddhartha Gautama, aka the Buddha, a real historical person, renounced the Princedom he was to inherit to search for the answer to the question: Why do we suffer? He found it meditating and became
14/the Buddha. Which just illustrates than if on the spiritual plane, overt materialism is seen as an obstacle to spiritual development, something that should be reduced to a bare minimum, why should capitalist countries democracies denounce countries practicing socialism? Maybe
15/it's b/c if a people or society can live harmoniously on a collectively limited budget yet be happier in their lifestyle than liberal bourgeoisie, it means the entire capitalist liberal democracy model is flawed. And one thing that no one wants is to be proven they're wrong.

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