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The Cleanest Race is a short but very interesting and informative book on North Korea and its uniue approach to its subject makes it an important one Most available books on world s most reclusive country tend to analyze its history and political system many are stories of defectors who managed to escape But there s perilously little material focused on North Koreans as a society how is it different from other societies of this world and how is it similar How do North Koreans see their country and themselves and how do they see the world around themBR Myers attempts to answer these uestions by analyzing North Korean propaganda Instead of focusing on external broadcasts from Korean Central News Agency aimed at South Korea and the rest of the international community Myers focuses on internal propaganda writtenperformed in Korean and aimed specifically at North Koreans which surrounds them like a cocoon Myers uides his readers through the various propaganda films books and novels of North Korea which he refers to collectively as The Text to understanding of the North Korean national character which is deeply troubling Although originally established as a Soviet satellite with central characteristics of one undemocratic single party system centrally planned economy personality cult of its leaders Myers argues that North Korea is driven by an ideology resembling traditional Japanese fascism than any form of communism References to Marxism Leninism foundation of European communism and the Soviet Union have been removed from the country s constitution in 1972 and in 2009 all references to communism in The Quest of the Holy Grail general have been removed entirelyWhat is the first striking difference between North Korea and other communist countries is the virulent racism and discrimination of foreigners The Soviet Union was a diverse multi national state originally established with hopes of a world socialist revolution which would expand to Germany Britain France and eventually establishlobal socialism Even after western communists failed to ain power and Joseph Stalin implemented the doctrine of Socialism in One Country as the official state policy The Soviet Constitution allowed for bringing new republics into the Union which happened after World War 2 with annexation of Estonia Latvia and Lithuania and foreign policy emphasized international friendship between socialist nations The official effort of the Soviet Government was to eliminate nationalism which it believed to be counter revolutionary and contrary to class struggle and establish a state where all nationalities were accommodated eually and free to pursue socialism This is best seen in Lenin s open denunciation of traditional Russian nationalism and creation of individual republics and autonomous regions for the Soviet Union s many nations to protect them from Russian domination and his efforts at promoting non Russians in the Communist Party to balance its leadership and counter the large Russian presence within the party Despite his initial opposition after Lenin s death Stalin further expanded on these ideas and introduced the supranational concept of Soviet People nations united under the banner of socialist patriotism and uided by Marxism LeninismIn contrast nationalism plays a central role in North Korean society and is actively encouraged by the overnment Myers presents plenty of official propaganda which portrays North Koreans as a uniue race characterized by innocence and spontaneity clean and pure Racial mixing is considered a treachery and the hatred of foreigners extends even to friendly communists Myers cites a brutal attack on a black Cuban family in Pyongyang and beating of Soviet women married to North Korean officials North Korean women who married eastern European aid

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were accused of betraying race those who return pregnant from China the country s main supporter and protector are forced to submit to abortions While nationalism racism and discrimination of foreigners also exists in South Korea the difference between both countries is incomparable In a widely reported 2006 meeting between the North and South Korean delegations the topic of race mixing was raised by Northern officials The Southern delegation replied that the non Koreans living in their republic were but a drop of ink in the Han River and do not cause a problem in peaceful co existence to which the Northern diplomat responded Since time immemorial our nation has been a land of abundant beauty Not even one drop of ink must be allowed to fall into the Han RiverNorth Koreans pride themselves on purity of their bloodline their homogeneity and mono ethnicity which is completely irreconcilable with Marixism Leninism Even South Korea is constantly refereed to as a corrupt Yankee Colony and anti Americanism is the official policy of the North Korean state Contrary to other communist regimes which claimed to oppose the ruling bourgeoisie and desired to free the oppressed social masses to estabilish the dictatorship of the proletariat North Koreans don t make a distinction between bad American capitalists and ood Americans workers and peasants The propaganda uniformly presents all Americans in a racist deriding and uasi anti Semitic fashion dark skinned sunken eyed hook nosed and as jackals in human form with other descriptions rendering them further sub human and comparable to animals in their degradation The dissolution of the Soviet Union North Korea s The Subtle Beauty godfather is ridiculed by the propagandists as having happened without a single shot which emphasizes the strength of North Korea s military first policy and the ironrip of the regime over its people Xenophobic race based nationalism is the essence of contemporary North Korea where people pride themselves on their innocence it is best seen in their approach to sex when one North Korean falls for another it s only because the other is a model citizen Who Is Devoted To The State Propaganda Encourages And Promotes is devoted to the state propaganda encourages and promotes and modesty of model North Korean women and never depicts lovers touching one another and behaving in an adult way this celibacy aims to reflect the one of a child All eventual unions are completely heterosexual there is absolutely no place for homosexuality which is universally condemned as a characteristically American perversion for which there is no place among the pure Korean people Communist societies provided free higher education for their citizens as a mean to empower the working class North Korea encourages the complete opposite its citizens are encouraged to remain in the state of intellectual ignorance dressed up as Korean innocence be forever the faithful children under the kind eye and uiding hand of their Dear LeaderThe cult of personality of North Korean leaders the Kim family is also an interesting and uniue case Cult of personality Understanding North Korea through its propaganda What do the North Koreans really believe How do they see themselves and the world around them Here BRMyers a North Korea analyst and a contributing editor of The Atlantic presents the first full length study of the North Korean worldview Drawing on extensive research into the regime'sdomestic propaganda including films romance novels and other artifacts of the personality cult Myers analyzes each of the country's official myths in turn from the notion of. The Cleanest Race How North Koreans See Themselves and Why It MattersR brevity Absolutely fascinating look at North Korea s self image The author skillfully presents the argument that North Korea s attitude of themselves as a pure clean race constantly in danger of contamination by everyone outside their borders is what fuels the ability of the Kim dynasty to stay in power The Kims are maternal figures protectors of the childlike populace and Myers copious uotes from propaganda that is seen by domestic eyes bears out that thesis What they see and what is translated into English for foreign consumption in uite different The internal propaganda is far racist and as a result it is unlikely that there would ever be an improvement of relations between them and the rest of the world There is absolutely no advantage for them to do so when they already et foreign aid from a number of countries And as what happened when the USSR started reducing the amount of aid they simply When Da Silva Breaks the Rules (Blood Brothers, go withoutThere are other reviews here far elouent Go read them and check out the book if you re curious It s not a litany of crimes against humanity but an exploration of the mindset on the Korean peninsula and how it s fertileround for an authoritarian cult of personalityRiveting stuff June 12 2018 saw a momentous event in world politics an event that future historians will single out as a defining event of the twenty first century an event the like of which has never been seen before in relations between sovereign states not in this century not in the last century not in the whole of recorded human history I am of course referring to the 2018 North Korea United States summitWhy was this summit so different from all past summits past conferences conclaves councils seminars or any other meeting between heads of state ever Why so unlike Yalta or Potsdam or Munich or Camp David or Sharm el Sheikh Was it the participants a vicious dictator meeting the leader of the free world Was it the circumstances a summit held to prevent the almost certain outbreak of nuclear war triggered by the twitter rivalry of Little Rocket Man and a US President ready to press his Nuclear Button which is much bigger and powerful The first clue to the un I picked this up because I read some reviews praising it as a The Billionaires Runaway Bride guide outlining why North Korea is NOT like Communist regimes Which was news to me I d always thought it to be a USSR derived satellite It turns out that NK has a truly uniue and disturbingly understandable personality cult that encourages its citizens to prioritize naivete innocence and childhoodThe best parallel I can make is imagine a cult that basically convinced a population too back to Adam and Eve in Eden A single nurturing Fifty Ways To Be Your Lover guardian will protect you from the corrupted world and it s just your job to remain carefree Now strip out the religion and replace it with a deeply racist cultural position chuck in some historical aggression from external threats find a motherly looking figurehead and you veot North KoreaReally the whole book s fascinating The cult itself makes no sense to an onlooker but I can see why it s the most natural thing in the world to the people raised in it But don t Caught on Camera with the CEO go looking for than propaganda analysis here this is about how N Koreans see themselves and their national identity not about prison camps and famineI m knocking a star off purely because you need a bit ofrounding in Korean War era events to Wyoming Strong (Wyoming Men, grasp some concepts When dealing with propaganda to this degree it can be hard to untangle the propaganda from the reality There were a few mentions of outrageous crimes that I had to research as I read as you can t tell if the author s recounting NK propaganda if NK s exaggerating a real event or if the entire thing s trueAs I neared the end of the book I definitely started toet outraged at the idea that the US are sending immense amounts of food aid to North Korea and NK is telling its citizens that it s basically tributes from a fearful nation to the Great Leader BR Myers seems pretty convinced that we re Arabian Nights going about North Korea in the wrong way and after reading this I wanted to cut off foreign aid completely JeezAnyhow Fascinating read and also probably aood bit of research if you Re Writing A Novel And writing a novel and some source material FOR WORLD BUILDING A PERSONALITY CULT world building a personality cult s something slightly unhinged about Professor BR Myers whose vitriolic takedowns of North Korean juche philosophy have the character of a personal attack until you learn that Professor Myers is a long time Korea expat and surrounded by a culture that notoriously comes off as highly emotional to many Americans and certainly almost all Japanese Myers himself resorts to loyalty demonstrating takedowns of unKoreanness in NK propaganda as well as forces in his adopted country he despises the strange mood swinging dysphoria in Myers writing ironically echoes the weirdness of North Korea itself and although Myers long standing feud with leftist Bruce Cumings is well known I m not sure Professor Cumings deigns If we did not know that Iran is an Islamic state it would forever baffle us no matter how Enchanting Baby (The Birth Place good the rest of our intelligence might be Myers succinctly and persuasively lays out why the US seems to be similarly baffled by North Korea What is North Korea Is it a crazy mix of traditional Confucianism and Marxist Leninism If only The real answer is far weirder and much disturbing The North Koreans adopted and amped up the propaganda world view of the Japanese colonial regime without the Japanese The Koreans are the purest and most virtuous race in the world Their virtues are those of children North Korea is often compared to 1984 but Brave New World with its infantilization of the masses seems eually applicable The simple Koreans would like to be left alone but need to be protected from the depredations of the outside world by the parental leaders the Kims The word parental is key since while the Kims are male their virtues are those of the mother No fooling Juche or self reliance is just intellectual window dressing The disturbing part is that Myers clearly shows that the popularity of this racist ideology explains Pyongyang s behavior and that this ideology will not let us talk North Korea down from the ledge Fascinating on the North Korean ideology which builds on the legacy of the half century of Japanese rule to invent the notion that the Koreans are the purest of all Asian races pure rather than superior Their purity makes them helpless and they need a father figure touard their purity This is much important than Marxism to which lip service is paid but which confuses American lefties and far important than Confucianism which is non existent in NK The complexity is that many South Koreans are attracted by this notion which after all is something that the oldest Wild Nights with Her Wicked Boss generationrew up with before WWII and that NKs hold it sincerely Completely amazing. Ectrum Since popular support for the North Koreanregime now derives almost exclusively from pride in North Korean military might Pyongyang can neither be cajoled nor bullied into iving up its nuclear program The implications for US foreign policy which hashitherto treated North Korea as the last outpost of the Cold War are as obvious as they are troubling With North Korea now calling for a blood reckoning with the Yankeejackals Myers's unprecedented analysis could not be timely From the Hardcover editi.

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Urrounding Stalin Lenin and other communist leaders focused on their devotion to the communist cause but also stressed their contribution real and falsified to scholarly work not limited to Marxism Leninism Both Stalin and Lenin have iven countless speeches and were enuinely concerned with ideas actively participated in debates and were prolific writers and were portrayed as such This is not the case with North Korea s Dear Leader as the propaganda emphasizes the innate innocence of North Koreans the Kims are not allowed to be shown as thinkers all their ideas are supposed to spring from their uniuely Korean spontaneity The Leader cannot be displayed as if he were engaging in any intellectual behavior which is why portraits of Kim Il sung usually display him with blank eyes Contrary to the patriarchal character of Stalin named by propagandists as The Father of Nations the elder Kim s role is matriarchal since all North Koreans are by their own nature an innocent child like race they need a leader who will act like a mother fathers are largely absent in North Korean propaganda Therefore Kim is presented as a caring nurturing figure personally attending to soldiers and holding them to his bosom making sure that they have proper food and clothingAlthough the Japanese are shown as a hostile imperial power Myers argues that the North Korean propagandists borrow heavily from Japanese myths Contrary to personality cults of communist leaders which emphasized their rise to the top of the party through hard work and dedication to the communist cause Kim Il sung was portrayed as a messianic figure destined to lead Korean people to socialist victory and ultimately unify the peninsula under his rule Dear Leader is often portrayed similarly to the Japanese emperor embodiment of all virtues of his race which makes it perfectly logical that his decisions should not be uestioned and that he should be obeyed Mount Paektu North Korea s highest peak was iven the same mystical character as the sacred Japanese Mount Fuji and was appropriately chosen as the place where the Dear Leader was bornFor the propagandists the love for the Dear Leader is pan Korean even when reports began to surface in the North that the Yankee colony of South Korea enjoys a much higher standard of living the propagandists changed their tune accordingly South Koreans owe their material wealth because of Dear Leader s selfless military first policy and the heroic North Korean citizens which is the only thing stopping the yankees from plunging them into another war and that no amount of wealth can silence the yearning of the southern brethren for freedom and moral purification under the Dear Leader s rule When North Korea was hit by a disastrous famine in the mid 1990 s the official reason Wild at Heart (Sons of Chance, given by theovernment was that the teachings of Kim were not properly followed American food aid was presented as a tribute to the nation by frightened Americans while at the same time official posters advocated for revenge against the yankee vampires Myers argues that such animosity can be explained by the fact that the regime needs a hostile threat from the US to justify its existence contrary to the former communist states who participated in peace talks and signed peace treaties and whose official foreign policy argued for world peace the North Korean Lucy Carmichael government depends on threats of war from both America and its yankee colony for its very existence Actually signing a peace treaty would not strengthen its rule but possibly fuel the fire for an internal revolution against it The Cleanest Race present a fascinating portrayal of North Korea a country which is a totalitarian society but at the same time far and away from the bastion of communism it is so often portrayed to be It s racist based military first ideology puts it in the extreme right of political spectrum rather than the far left associated with communist societies It s incredibly informative and very readable and will doubtlessly prove valuable for any reader interested in the inner dynamics of North Korea and provide as areat companion for Barbara Demick s Nothing to Envy Ordinary Lives in North Korea a record of six refugees from the country which offers a very personal perspective My fascination with North Korea is well known I ve read just about every book on the subject which was why picking this up was a no brainer And the text did not disappoint The author p Where MOSCOW ALWAYS PROFESSED RESPECT FOR INTERNATIONAL always professed respect for international the North Koreans reject the notion that a pure race should be bound by the dictates of an impure world Just as a jackal cannot become a lamb the US imperialists cannot change their rapacious nature from the book Our enemies are the American bastardsWho are trying to take over our beautiful fatherlandWith uns that I make with my own handsI will shoot them BANG BANG BANG This book is timely Maybe it will help finding possible scenarios on the BANG This book is timely Maybe it will help finding possible scenarios on the Korean strategy facing America s recent moves The book is a ood exercise in social psychology the psychology of a people and their leaders Myers describes at length the maternal side of the North Korean leaders stresses also the Japanese influence early on on the sense of nationalism of the north Koreans a distinct raceThis is the biggest deal of Trump s lifeTom Rogan 14th April 2017in readying for N Korea emergencyin ESCALATIONNasty brutish and short what the next Korean War will look likein YOU BELIEVE ITThis a complete new premiseNorth Korea Signals Willingness to Denuclearize South Saysin I liked BR Myers s takedown of literary fiction way back when and was One-Click Buy game toive this a try even though it s on a totally unrelated topic namely the political and national mythology of North Korea The Redeeming Claire general idea is that it s a mistake to see North Korea as the last bastion of hardline Stalinism Instead their militant and isolationist stance is the result of a bizarre mythos of racial purity Over severalenerations of political turmoil and encouraged by Kim Il Sung And Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Il arose a story of Koreans as a racially immaculate people characterized by childlike innocence and spontaneity who reuire a seemingly Return to Willow Lake (Lakeshore Chronicles genderless parental figure to shepherd them through an evil and debased world Americans are the worst of all and South Koreans yearn for unity under North Korean leadership Myers presents the various aspects of this story which he draws from visual and written propaganda and not the stuff that s been translated into English instead the original Korean language materials It s oddly like an art historical project of iconographic analysis except instead of explaining what a lily represents in a picture of the Virgin Mary we re finding out what a picture of Kim Il Sung hugging a soldier is supposed to mean The overall effect is bizarre but convincing Extra points fo. Koreans' uniuemoral purity to the myth of an America uaking in terror of the Iron General In a concise butroundbreaking historical section Myers also traces the origins of this official culture back to theJapanese fascist thought in which North Korea's first ideologues were schooled What emerges is a regime completely unlike the West's perception of it This is neither a bastion ofStalinism nor a Confucian patriarchy but a paranoid nationalist military first state on the far right of the ideological sp. ,