In a quest to understand our enemies, I embarked on a journey to read their literature. Along the way, I stumbled upon a book that shocked me to my core and fundamentally changed how I view the world; I can safely say that I had a second red pilling—one that revolves around the nature of power and how to wield it. That book is entitled “On the Juche Idea” by Eternal Leader Kim Jong-il. To my surprise, that book is not a propaganda piece for the beautiful regime, the glorious Kim family, or even communism. Instead, it is a principled treatise on Kim Il-sung’s guiding Juche idea, which basically translates to self-reliance.
It is important to debunk many of our preconceived western notions of North Korea, otherwise it will be impossible to perform any rational analysis of North Korea or form any logical conclusions. Contrary to Western war propaganda, North Korea is not actually a “hermit kingdom,” and the Juche idea does not advocate for isolationism. Instead, the Juche idea’s main tenet is that man must not allow himself to lose mastery over his own destiny, even if it means foregoing material comfort in the short-term. It is equally important to point out that the North Korean regime holds similar views to ours and they even have the same enemy; having read “On the Juche Idea,” I can only conclude that they are not at all the communist enemies I thought they were.
Moreover, there is a commonly held belief that North Koreans are on average 2 inches shorter than South Koreans, despite having the same genetics; there are 2 unfounded claims to that belief. Firstly, the 2 inches figure comes from a small sample size of North Korean defectors, hardly a large enough or even a representative sample of North Koreans; that is akin to measuring the height difference among 10 randomly selected white criminals and comparing that to the white average. It’s impossible to take that kind of dataset seriously. Secondly, the claim that North Koreans are genetically the same as South Koreans is also highly questionable. As it has been often pointed out by the likes of Dr. Jean-Francois Gariepy and Dr. Edward Dutton, when a population is given a choice with migratory consequences, that choice becomes a selection event. In other words, the Korean population had a choice in the matter of who they would side with in their internal conflict. They could fight with the rootless/cosmopolitan/capitalist South, or they could fight for the nationalist/socialist North. That migratory event created a genetic division among the Korean population. Today, the North Korean brain and the South Korean brain is genetically too different to coexist within proximity without recreating the same conflict.
The last myth of North Korea that needs to be debunked is the idea of starvation and other kinds of economic underdevelopment within North Korea (e.g. “but what about muh lights in the night”). Again, the claim of starvation comes from North Korean defectors, hardly a reliable or unbiased source. The fact of the matter is that they have no immigration and yet they have a steady population growth; if that’s what starvation looks like then let’s have some of that. Also, the idea that the absence of lights outside the North Korean city areas are any indication of economic underdevelopment is completely unfounded. Why would North Korea, which is—just like Canada—overwhelmingly farmland and wildland, put lights in such unpopulated areas? Why is it that mainstream media and elite academics are aware that the absence of night lights are not an indication of economic underdevelopment when it comes to Canada, but conveniently seem to forget that when it comes to North Korea? So no, “muh night lights” and “muh starving North Koreans” are not valid arguments against the Juche idea.
Now that we have our facts straight on North Korea, let’s examine the Juche idea. A perfect illustration of Juche at work is North Korea’s willingness to limit their dependence on foreign iron, even if that resulted in shortages in the motherland. Today, they are reaping the rewards of their decisions: they have figured out how to extract iron and turn it into beams using only North Korean material. They call it Juche-based iron production. With Juche-based iron production, North Korea can no longer be sanctioned on any element of its iron supply chain. To that extent, it is immune to the soft power of globalists, and although North Korea is secretive about its intentions, it is reasonable to assume that they intend to have a fully Juche-based economy.
To contrast, our movement has been sanctioned on many levels. We have been booted off social media, websites, web hosts, and domain registrars. Some have lost bank accounts. Those are all some of the problems that North Korea will never have to deal with, which is why it is a fruitful exercise to compare the state of North Korea with the state of our movement. We have similar views and the exact same enemies. Yet, North Koreans have a civilized society, and Westerners don’t. North Korea views sameness as the greatest source of harmony, whereas the West views diversity as its greatest source of strength. Their 5-year-olds play violins, whereas our 5-year-olds play video games.
Let’s face it: if the preservation of our people was a competition, North Korea is making us look bad. I say we accept that fact and ask ourselves how North Korea is winning. Perhaps, there is a lesson to be learned.
To North Korea, socialism is a science; there is an entire field of scientific research that is kept hidden within the beautiful regime. They know something we don’t, and that knowledge has served them very well. In their scientific pursuit of socialism, they have understood something that the West has failed to even fathom: Ideology is an outgrowth of power, and not the other way around. That is why North Korea cannot be opposed with soft power, but we can. Any attempt to save our people will come from a “power first” approach, as opposed to an “ideas first” approach.
I still hear a lot of talk about how “they are silencing us because they know our ideas are popular” or that “if they allow our ideas to spread, we will win.” I don’t think those narratives are true in the slightest. We are silenced so that they can rewrite history later on, and not because our ideas are popular. If they didn’t censor us, it would be too difficult to lie about us and the history books would present us in a more positive light, like the hippie movement. Instead, the history books will present us as a bunch of genocidal maniacs who were silenced for “public safety.” Regardless of whether or not we are censored, we will never be able to save our people even if we somehow managed to find ourselves in nominally influential positions; that’s simply not how power works.
The one with power is he who can take away that which you depend on. It’s that simple. Whether or not you call yourself janitor, CEO, senator, or president will never change the fact that we currently rely on the ruling elites in our opposition to them; we must rely on ourselves if we are to create and wield power. That is why North Korea’s science of socialism has correctly concluded that Juche is the way. Juche macht frei.