Nodong Shinmun: Smash Imperialists’ Moves for Ideological and Cultural Poisoning
In a editorial on January 31, the Nodong Shinmun (via KCNA, 1/31/2008) warned against the infiltration of foreign cultural ideas:
Checking the imperialists’ moves for ideological and cultural poisoning is a basic guarantee for the advance and victory of the popular masses’ cause of independence, the cause of socialism.
The imperialists are now becoming more crafty and vicious in their moves for ideological and cultural poisoning aimed at achieving their hegemonic purpose.
It is a trite method employed by the imperialists to invade and dominate other countries to spread bourgeois ideology and culture.
The imperialists are now perpetrating such act in a craftier manner under the signboard of “cooperation” and “exchange.”
They are spreading the reactionary ideology and culture in an undisguised manner under all kinds of specious signboards such as “cooperation” and “exchange,” availing themselves of the trend of the change and development of the times.
Hmm…sounds to me like the people’s faith in the regime is wavering. “Cooperation” and “exchange”? This could refer to any number of things: the upcoming performance by the New York Philharmonic, the influx of South Korean tourists to Kaesong, exposure to capitalism in the Kaesong economic complex, an increasingly porous northern frontier with China… The editorial continues:
They are leaving no stone unturned to realize their ideological and cultural domination over other countries by infiltrating their reactionary bourgeois ideology and culture into them.
The historical experience and lesson prove that it is impossible to defend the popular masses’ cause of independence, the cause of socialism, should a country allow the imperialists to infiltrate their ideology and culture into it without any vigilance against their poisoning.
It is necessary to strictly guard against the imperialists’ ideological and cultural poisoning and decisively foil it in order to defend socialism and ensure its triumphant advance.
Perhaps a crackdown is just around the corner? Or perhaps the regime is preparing its people for the foreign aid shipments that are about to arrive as the country falls headfirst into a second famine? Only time will tell, but one thing is certain: the hermetic seal around the regime is slowly fraying. Now that the Kim Jong Il’s regime has been disconnected from the artificial respirator that was the Sunshine Policy, North Korea has every reason to worry.