The Great and Dear Leaders
A series of YouTube videos, described by Samizdata and probably salvaged from the propaganda archives of North Korea, are wonderfully informative examples of "lessons from the Third World" that certain credulous people swallowed hook, line and sinker not so very long ago. And possibly to this day. The video shown below, is one of my favorites showing Kim Il Sung as the Invincible Leader, an appellation wholly at odds with his ridiculous appearance. Samizdata comments:
However, I find this sort of thing quite fascinating; lots of interesting tidbits to be found. For example, part three sees Kim Jong-il being exhorted for easing all the Great Leader's concerns about the people's welfare (a common theme), in this instance in the field of "traffic problem". What bloody traffic problem?? There Is nary a car to be seen motoring down the wide boulevards and highways shown. (Fair enough, those ridiculously broad motorways were designed to serve more than one purpose.) In part four, the two Kims are seen pouring over an architectural mock-up of Pyongyang in a manner most reminiscent of those Speer/Hitler snaps showing them admiring a model of the Berlin they were going to create after they won the war. Hopefully, the latter day town planners meet a similar fate as their similarly megalomaniacal forebears.
Samizdata's hope is probably misplaced. In many progressive circles North Korea is probably still regarded as a harbinger of the future; an intimation of the worker's paradise; a shining example of Communist triumph in the Third World. The fact that all these descriptions are a crock of s**t is a minor detail.