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After the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, we look back on a 2010 interview with academic B.R. Myers. Bob spoke with Myers, who describes how propaganda was a key tool Kim used to wield almost complete power in North Korea.
"Oh, no need to go back that far to sardonically deride a President. How about Hope and Change? "
How about "Compassionate Conservatism?"
The thing with Obama's Hope and Change trope that people didn't understand (or want to understand) was that the job could not be accomplished in DC alone. We all need to come together, do some hard work and make this country (and this world) a better, more functioning place. But instead U.S. Conservatives chose to do all they could to undermine Obama and the nation's obvious vote for a change in 2008 in the hopes that no one would notice what they were doing. This, unfortunately, left most of us disillusioned and hopeless in the face of such an onslaught of uncaring lies.....
You know, every time I hear American propaganda ramping up against a country (like this North Korea piece) I reach for my checkbook, because I figure I'll be paying for another invasion pretty soon.
A "psychologically invested" people reminds one that this is indeed the Hermit Kingdom and as such, by nature, finds it very difficult to open up to anything or anyone outside its own very comfortable little circle.
I didn't really think I would be the first to point the collosal boehner you pulled with this story - how you kept saying "North Korea" when you were talking about "The United States of America." Better luck to both of us next time!
Most Americans believe a number of lies about America:1. That we have the best health care system in the world when by all possible measures (cost, quality, longevity, access, infant & maternal mortaliy), we rank at or near the bottom of industrialized countries.
2. That this is the only country where "x" can become "y". Not true. Upward mobility is higher in a number of countries, incl. France, and has been for at least a decade or two. (Even the WSJ ran a series about this phenomenon.)
3. Nation of immigrants. Yes, we are. But we are not the only country with a high number of immigrants. Students in London's schools speak about as many languages as students in NYC. Canada has more immigrants, proportional to population, than the U.S. Australia, excluding the Maori, was, like the U.S. (excluding Native Americans) settled by immigrants. Italians migrated in large numbers to Brazil and Argentina in the 19th & 20th centuries, just as they did to the U.S. And we have, historically, not been friendly to any of the later (1800s on) new immigrant groups.
4.That we are unique, special. Name me one country in the world whose citizens don't think they are unique or special.
5. A greater percentage of Americans than citizens in other industrialized countries disbelieve in evolution.
I could go on. But my point, quite simply, is that even with a "free" media, Americans are remarkably misinformed to say nothing of being uninformed (I won't even go into how little Americans know about our form of government or history).
I certainly don't intend to defend the North Korean government. It's been a disaster for its citizens. But we shouldn't be surprised that its citizens are patriotic. Certainly, one of the most common epithets - and a good way to win an election - in this country is to call somebody unpatriotic for believing or not believe x, y or z about America.
Great interview. Nice to see "juche" thought clarified, but the other side of it is ignored; daesang.
As we move toward 2012 that peninsula will fascinate us all more and more.
"How very Herbert Hoover, prosperity is just around the corner"
Oh, no need to go back that far to sardonically deride a President. How about Hope and Change? The current administrations in North Korea and the USA are making many big promisesfor 2012 and their respective state subsidized media is enthusiastically promoting it.
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