In Defence of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

By @gecko_vs_the_bourgeoisie

(Original Essay)

Side note: The structure of this paper will be introduction, structure of state organs, economy and work system, refuting common arguments, and a conclusion.

Introduction

In this paper, I will be defending the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, henceforth referred to as the DPRK from many unfounded, insourced, and in some cases, arguably racist arguments. Honestly, you could make a ‘try not to laugh’ compilation with articles about the DPRK, ranging from articles about banning Christmas and worshiping Kim JongUn’s grandmother (1) , to articles making unfounded claims about the DPRK’s nuclear arsenal. These claims have helped to brainwash the masses in the West and provide a completely uneducated, standard opinion of the DPRK. The Independent even made an article about Kim Jong-Un’s uncle, Jang Song-Thaek, who was arrested and executed for being a counterrevolutionary, being stripped and fed to 120 dogs! They later retracted this article, but this is yet another example of stupid Western lies (2).

The Structure of the DPRK’s State Organs

Many people also make wild assumptions about the way the DPRK is run. The DPRK could not be a dictatorship due to various different articles of the constitution, which prevent such things from happening. For a start, according to article 66 of the constitution of the DPRK, every citizen, from the age of 17, has the right to elect and be elected. As well as this, article 6 of the constitution of the DPRK says that all the state organs, from the county People’s Assembly to the Supreme People’s Assembly, are elected on the basis of universal suffrage and secret ballot (3). Contrary to what the west claims, the citizens of the DPRK have ample political power, as well as the right to petition higher state organs. To explain in the most simple of terms, the most local organs of power are Local People’s Assemblies, LPAs, which are organs of power organised on a provincial, municipal, and county level. The Local People’s assemblies are made up of elected deputies, which serve four-year terms and can be recalled if they do not uphold the will of the people. The members of the Local People’s Assemblies elect a chairman.

The functions of the LPA are as follows; To deliberate on and approve reports on local plans for the development of the national economy and their implementation, to deliberate on and approve reports on the budget and its implementation, adopting measures to exercise state laws in the area concerned, to elect or recall the chairman, vice chairman or secretary of the People’s committees at corresponding levels, to elect or recall judges of a court and people’s assessors, and to abolish unwarranted decisions and directions adopted by a people’s committee and lower people’s assemblies.

Next, we have the Supreme People’s Assembly, or the SPA, which consists of 687 seats and four political groups, as of the last election. 8 of these members are independents, more than those in the US Senate and House of Representatives combined. Members of the SPA are elected to terms of five years, and again may be called back if they are misrepresenting the people. As aforementioned, these members are elected on the basis of universal, direct suffrage with secrecy of the ballot.

The functions of the SPA are to uphold Democratic Centralism and to act as a general house of legislation for the Korean people.

Onto the political groups that make up the SPA. First and foremost, there is the Worker’s Party of Korea, which is, according to article 11 of the DPRK’s constitution, given the task of boldly guiding the Korean people towards the path of Socialism. This political group regularly wins the elections that are held in accordance to the Korean people, and won 607 of the 687 seats. The second-largest political party is the Korean Social Democrat Party, which won 50 seats. Finally, the third-largest party is the Chondoist Chongu party, a religious party in an atheist state, which won 22 seats. Of the 8 independents, 5 are members of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, and 3 are members of various other religious groups, usually Catholic ones. This alone proves that, although elections are held democratically in accordance to the constitution, a large majority of Korean people prefer the leadership of the Worker’s Party of Korea (4).

However, the DPRK does not have “ruling” and “opposition” parties, for every single political group collaborates and is united in the struggle against US Imperialism, Capitalism, and the disunity of the Korean Peninsula. Thus, all parties in the SPA are members of the Democratic Front for the Reunification of the Fatherland.

The DPRK’s cabinet is held accountable by the SPA, which also votes on various economic and foreign policy issues.

The DPRK’s Economy and Work System

The economy of the DPRK was making huge advances during the aftermath of the Korean War, up until the 1970’s, when the DPRK started to implement little bits of industrial capitalism and enterprise:

The budgetary accounts of the DPRK would suggest that the income of the State had tripled between the years 2000 and 2014 (5). Even, whilst the rest of the Capitalist world was slipping into recession, the South Korean Bank of Korea had to admit that the economy of the DPRK had grown 3.8% (6).

The DPRK has been one of the few, if any, economies of the world to maintain a rounded economy, with 34.4% of the economy of the DPRK being mining and industry, 31.3% being made up of services, 21.8% being made up of the fishing industry, and the remaining sectors of it’s economy being made up of construction and utilities.

In fact, during the Three and Five Year Plans in the years 1954-56 and 1957-60, the economy grew 30% and 21% in these respective time periods. These plans may seem like they were shorter than first intended. And if you thought that, you’d be right. The plans were all finished early, with the Five Year Plan finishing in 1959, with 1960 being designated as a buffer year. The Three Year Plan finished a year ahead of plan, with the Five Year Plan ready to begin straight away in 1957.

This data alone could disprove the myth that all citizens of the DPRK are starving, although the fact that article 25 of the DPRK’s constitution guarantees food, clothing, and housing as a right for all (3) also does this.

Refuting Common Anti-DPRK Arguments

The largest anti-DPRK argument by far is human rights and democracy, and many cite the UN’s human rights report on the DPRK on this issue.

However, if you look at how much campaigns have been waged in the name of human rights, be it the wars in Iraq, Libya and Grenada, all of these have ended in the imperialist USA invading these nations. As well as this, the DPRK is wise in having learnt the lesson that if you give up the bomb, you’ll get invaded, and have thus begun to construct nuclear weapons.

However, these attempts at resisting US imperialism have not been without strife. The DPRK has been at the receiving end of merciless economic sanctions, which helped to contribute to the recession after the collapse of the Eastern Bloc.

As well as this, the USA is in no position to condemn other nations in the aspect of human rights. It has the largest prison population in the world, both in terms of proportion and absolute population. The USA’s police force has a reputation for killing poor black men, and there is absolutely no trust between the imperialist elite and the working masses. The USA has also, since the dawn of the century, been responsible for many wars in the Middle East, supporting Israel, which has an abysmal human rights record, and imposed sanctions upon the anti-imperialist Syrian government in times of despair for the Syrian people.

In the eyes of the UN and the imperialists, the massive crimes committed by the DPRK have been to construct a society in which imperialists have no say or platform, where they cannot mercilessly exploit the Korean people for maximum profit margins. Korean society has been constructed in a way in which the people can strive to be the best in their field they can be. However, the Korean people have learned the bitter and hard way that this type of society is not easy to maintain and they must defend their societal gains with utmost vigilance.

Also, if you look at the votes of different nations on this resolution, a massive 55 whole nations abstained from this vote in a gesture of support of the DPRK, and it should be no surprise that various nations such as China and Russia backed the DPRK, but it may be a surprise that countries such as Egypt support the DPRK against US imperialism.

For a final comment on this case, according to one of the very largest myths against the DPRK, your whole family and the next three generations get punished for crimes that you have committed. If this is so, why are traitors (defectors) who speak out against the DPRK, whilst being paid by South Korea, making such unfounded claims against the DPRK? Surely, if they knew their family would be tortured and imprisoned, they wouldn’t speak out. But, as with most anti-DPRK claims, the “three-generation rule” claim is false. The only torture their families would face is the embarrassment they would face knowing their relative had fallen into the hands of US imperialism, since the so-called “three-generation rule” is a lie, and were it to be the truth, their relatives would still not be tortured because all of the claims in the traitor’s “testimonies” are lies. The UN has been denied access into the DPRK, so their only source of information is from traitors, whose testimonies have fallen apart, for example when one man was caught lying in a BBC documentary, then disappeared from the public eye (8), and when there is proof of, and when traitors publicly admit to, receiving money to attend conservative rallies (9). This is a terrible crime, whether it is for lying or preying on people for political causes when they are struggling economically.

Another huge lie is on the conditions of those living in the DPRK. To counter this, one simply has to take the case of a Singaporean photographer, Aram Pan, who was granted access to the DPRK and has visited thrice now, for his photography collection. He said, “I was not restricted in the things I photographed, I simply asked for permission.” He went on to expect to see starving people on the streets, but instead found happy people, going about their lives, people having fun on beaches etc. Accompanied by a guide throughout, he said, however, that his travel was largely unrestricted. A few examples of his photography is provided below:

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Now, he travelled far, far across the DPRK, and he even said, “For North Korea to fake all of this just to make themselves seem normal, they would have to have organisational capabilities far greater than a developed country.”

For examples of “poverty” in the DPRK, compare all of these sites to South Korea, where 49.8% of it’s elderly are in poverty (10), whereas in the DPRK, all citizens are cared for by each other and the state. This alone can disprove the claims of famine in the DPRK. Just because there was a famine in the 1990’s, doesn’t mean there is one today. The decade of the 2000’s was one of moderate growth north of the DMZ.

Conclusion

To conclude, the DPRK is a Socialist, Worker’s Paradise state, in which the Korean people are justly represented worldwide, and in which they can achieve their full potential. All citizens are allocated food, clothing, and housing, and there are fair, free elections on the basis of universal, direct suffrage with secrecy of the ballot. The despicable, unfounded and arguably racist anti-DPRK myths are examples of pure idiocy by the west. These claims have been refuted in this paper, which has provided sources for every statement in which it is needed. The western media need to stop all of the unfounded claims against the DPRK, and the Anglicised world should pursue regular relations with the DPRK.

References:

  1. http://nypost.com/2016/12/25/kim-jong-un-bans-christmas-makes-northkorea-worship-grandma/ 2http://l.facebook.com/l.php?
  2. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/kim-jong-un-uncle-fed-to-120-dogs-story-begun-by-chinese-satirist-9042072.html
  3. https://www.constituteproject.org/constitution/Peoples_Republic_of_Korea_1998.pdf?lang=en
  4. http://www.ipu.org/parline-e/reports/2085_E.htm
  5. http://38north.org/2015/04/rfrank041515/
  6. http://www.nkeconwatch.com/nkuploads/GDP_of_North_Korea_in_2014_ff.pdf
  7. http://www.nkeconwatch.com/nkuploads/GDP_of_North_Korea_in_2014_ff.pdf
  8. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/13/why-do-north-koreandefector-testimonies-so-often-fall-apart
  9. https://www.nknews.org/2016/06/why-north-korean-defectors-got-paid-to-protest/
  10. http://www.ibtimes.com/south-korea-elderly-poverty-rate-highestamong-oecd-countries-report-says-1848010
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One thought on “In Defence of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

  1. Okay, so I am really interested in learning more about the DPRK, and I am aware of the fact that information about this country is influenced by capitalist propaganda. There are just some things in your article that remain unclear to me.

    irst of all, where is the racism you mentioned? You said that criticism of the DPRK is often racist, but you give no examples. This is not an accusation of any sort, I would just like to see some examples.

    Second, you don’t really give any evidence for the three-generation-rule not actually existing in the DPRK. You just say it doesn’t, and that’s it. You make an assumption (“they would not be traitors if their families were actually affected”), but you don’t give any sources like usually. It could be perfectly possible that those who decide to flee the DPRK don’t have any family members anymore. Where do you get the information that the three-generation-rule does not exist?

    Third, the photos. They only show Pyongyang, as far as I see. Did this photographer travel to rural areas and other cities as well? Surely there is nobody starving inside Pyongyang, but maybe in the rest of the country. How does rural life look in the DPRK?

    Fourth, the constitution. How do we know that the constitution is actually applied within North Korea? We see that many countries have things in their constitution that they don’t actually apply to their countries. (Does the American constitution for example with its “freedom and prosperity” count for everyone inside the US in practice? Not really.)

    Besides that, do you have any resources on how workplaces are run in the DPRK? I would be very interested in that.

    Thank you, and please excuse my English.

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