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Korean People Have Strong Mental Powers

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If you thought South Korean nationalism was bad…

In a laughable “editorial,” the KCNA (Rodong Sinmun on Korean People’s Inexhaustible Mental Power 1/29/2008)  attributes the “strength” of the DPRK to the Korean people’s great “mental powers:”

The invincibility of Songun Korea ushering in the most brilliant era of prosperity in the nation’s history spanning 5,000 years, standing all tests of history under the guidance of Kim Jong Il is based on the strong mental power of its people, says Rodong Sinmun Monday in a signed article.

The “editorial” also includes the first ever documented use of the word “pabulum” in print:

The Juche idea serves as ideological pabulum as it makes the people strongest in faith and will in the world.

This propaganda piece is replete with allusions to the peculiarity and exceptionalism of the (North) Korean people.  As was pointed out in yesterday’s post, a big part of the Juche sell has been the use appeals to super-nationalism to justify the program of self-reliance. This “editorial” aptly demonstrates this principle.

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Written by nkmonitor

January 29, 2008 at 2:26 am

Posted in Regime Ideology

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