Wednesday, 29 February 2012
ABUSES OF SOCIALISM ARE INTOLERABLE
Discourse Published in Kulloja, Official Magazine of the Central Committee
of the Worker’s Party of Korea
March l, 1993
At a time when the imperialists and reactionaries are resorting to unprecedentedly vicious schemes against socialism, many misleading statements are being made about socialism. The enemies of socialism are abusing it, calling it “totalitarian”, “barracks-like” and “administrative and commanding” and are distorting the facts, pretending that the setback suffered by socialism is because its nature is such.
The claim that socialism is “totalitarian”, “barracks-like” and “administrative and commanding” is not in essence different from the pernicious anti-socialist propaganda which the imperialists have conducted since the first appearance of socialism in the world. The imperialists have always said that socialism is an inhuman society in which there is not freedom or democracy. The terms “totalitarian”, “barracks-like” and “administrative and commanding” are a repetition of the imperialists’ false propaganda against socialism that uses new words.
The democratic idea which a long time ago advocated freedom, equality and human rights, in opposition to feudal despotism, was transformed by the capitalist class into bourgeois democracy, which imposed and defended exploitation and subordination by capital. The imperialists made every possible effort to embellish bourgeois democracy, calling it “liberal democracy”; however, they could not conceal its falsity and reactionary nature, nor could they remove from the minds of the popular masses their aspiration and longing for socialism which would provide them with genuine freedom and democracy. Nevertheless, the sophistry of its being “totalitarian”, “barracks-like” and “administrative and commanding”, a repetition of the imperialists’ vicious propaganda against socialism, has in recent years caused ideological confusion among the people in many socialist countries. The class enemies have even led socialism to collapse by fanning this ideological confusion and misleading public opinion. The collapse of socialism in many countries was an outcome of the conspiracy and collusion by the imperialists and counterrevolutionary forces and a result of the ideological and cultural infiltration of imperialism and of the corrosive action of Right opportunist ideas. Decisive to the collapse was the role played by the counterrevolutionary schemes of the renegades of socialism in those countries. In order to stifle socialism the imperialists have for a long time been perpetrating every manner of destructive move such as aggression and pressure, blockade and appeasement; at the same time, they have used as their stooges the degenerates and traitors to the revolution who appeared in the upper strata of the communist and working-class movement. As the history of the international communist movement shows, all the ideological confusion and all the twists and turns within it are due to the fact that renegades of the revolution have appeared in its upper strata. In the historical situation in which socialism had become a powerful material force, the imperialists attached greater importance to the strategy of undermining it from within and made vicious attempts to achieve this aim. In accordance with this strategy employed by the imperialists the abuses of socialism were taken to an unprecedented level and, at the same time, the criticism of socialism as being “totalitarian”, “barracks-like” and “administrative and commanding” came into being. That such censure is a product of the imperialists’ anti-socialist strategy has been proved by the fact that all the criminal acts aimed at destroying socialism with this as a pretext have been committed with the support of the imperialists and under their manipulation. Today the schemes of the renegades to vilify socialism are becoming more heinous and frantic, their aim being to justify their perfidy and check the rebirth of socialism. That they are defaming socialism by calling it “totalitarian”, “barracks-like” and “administrative and commanding” even now when socialism has disintegrated and capitalism has revived in many countries serves as clear proof that the renegades of socialism are the stooges of imperialism.
It is sophistry to call socialism “totalitarian”, “barracks-like” and “administrative and commanding”.
Totalitarianism served as the political idea of fascist dictators. Notorious Hitler in Germany and Mussolini in Italy used totalitarianism as an ideological tool to justify their fascist dictatorship. The fascist dictators stamped out even the most elementary democratic freedom and rights of the masses of the working people and enforced unprecedentedly tyrannical policies, behind the misleading name of “national socialism”, claiming that for the sake of the whole nation and the whole state no working-class movement and no class struggle could be permitted. The reactionary nature of totalitarianism is that the interests of the working people are sacrificed for the sake of the rapacious interests of the reactionary ruling class under the pretence that the individual should be subordinated to the whole. What is meant by the whole in totalitarianism is not the whole of the popular masses but a tiny handful of privileged circles such as monopoly capitalists, major landowners, reactionary bureaucrats and warlords. Calling socialism, under which the popular masses are the masters of everything, “totalitarianism” is, ultimately, a preposterous lie which identifies the most progressive idea that reflects the demands of the popular masses with the reactionary idea of fascist rulers.
Denouncing socialism as being “barracks-like” is also absurd. The social way of life is defined by ideology and varies according to the social system. Socialism is the most progressive of ideas that reflects the intrinsic demands of people, and the socialist system is the most advanced of systems under which the popular masses enjoy an independent and creative life to the full. The restraint of their independence and creativity occurs not under the socialist system but under the capitalist system. Capitalist society, where the working people are the slaves of capital, cannot ensure a fruitful life, independent and creative, for them. Claiming that socialism is “barracks-like” is pernicious propaganda that attempts to turn black into white.
Accusing socialism of being “administrative and commanding” is also unreasonable. In general, the administrative and commanding method of management is an old method of rule that serves the demands of the privileged classes by invoking legal authority in an exploiter society. In capitalist society where the economy is run spontaneously on the principles of the market economy, state and social administration is conducted by the administrative and commanding method and the popular masses, the target of control, are in duty bound to obey administrative orders. Contrary to this, in socialist society the popular masses, who have become the masters of the state and society, hold the position of masters and play the role of masters in the administration. The fundamental characteristics of state and social administration by the popular masses are that priority is given to political work in all activities and superiors assist those under them and cooperate with one another in a comradely manner. This is fundamentally different from the bureaucratic method of management in the old society whereby everything was imposed in accordance with administrative orders. The administrative and commanding method of management which was manifested in socialist practice in the past did not emanate from the essential nature of socialist society but was a legacy of the exploiter society. The renegades of socialism directed the spearhead of their attack against the principle of democratic centralism on the pretext of opposing the “administrative and commanding” method. Democratic centralism is an important principle in the activities of a socialist state. In socialist state activities democracy and centralism are organically combined, and herein lies an important characteristic of socialist state activities. Those who created a chaotic situation while emasculating centralism in the name of “democracy” destroyed socialism, and they are now openly moving towards bourgeois dictatorship.
This slander against socialism is absurd. But, it has caused ideological confusion among the people, mainly because they are not fully equipped with the socialist idea. Of course, it was not easy to identify the reactionary nature of the slander from the outset, because it was conducted craftily in the guise of socialism. But if a proper yardstick had been prepared by developing and perfecting the socialist theory and if the popular masses had been equipped with socialist idea, they would not have been easily shaken by such sophistry.
If the socialist cause is to be defended and completed, the socialist idea should be developed and perfected constantly and the popular masses should be equipped with it, so that they accept socialism as their unshakable conviction. They will keep faith in socialism only when they are convinced of the justness of the socialist cause.
The great leader Comrade Kim Il Sung created the Juche idea and, on this basis, has developed and perfected the socialist idea. The Juche socialist idea makes it clear that socialist society is the most advanced society where the popular masses are the masters of everything and everything serves them, and that it is a society which develops steadily on the strength of their unity. The socialist cause is just in that the popular masses lead an independent and creative life to the full as the masters of the state and society. Our people have this as their firm conviction, so they are moving steadily along the road of socialism in spite of the anti-socialist storms.
If the former socialist countries had developed and perfected the socialist idea in conformity with the requirements of the times and the developing revolution, and if they had equipped the popular masses with it and thus ensured that they accepted socialism as their firm conviction, the tragic events in which the popular masses, failing to see through the reactionary, corrupt nature of capitalist society and harbouring illusions about it, wavered ideologically and thus frustrated socialism would not have occurred. As experience shows, if we are to defend the cause of socialism and to bring glory to it the socialist idea should be perfected and the popular masses armed with it so that it becomes their firm conviction.
Moreover, we should see to it that the people have an unshakable faith in socialism and regard it as their moral duty to defend it. In the exploiter society the politics of the ruling class runs counter to the ethics of the working masse, whereas the politics and ethics correspond with each other in socialist society where the popular masses are the masters of the state and society. The political and ethical cohesion of the popular masse can only be lasting when socialist ethics is fully prevalent. Socialism strikes deep root in actual life when socialist ethics based on revolutionary comradeship and obligation is established and becomes widespread. Only if this happens can the popular masse fully discharge their responsibilities and role as the masters of socialist society, build socialism successfully, firmly defend the cause of socialism and promote it, whatever the adversity. Betrayers of the revolution appear in the course of socialist construction because they have not made socialism their faith or ethics. The cause of socialism is that of the people and a betrayal of the socialist cause is a betrayal of the people. A betrayal of the people is a manifestation of the greatest lack of ethics. It is the worst manifestation of a lack of ethics for a leader to reject the confidence of party members and the people who have elected him to the leadership of the party and the state. He may only be said to have a little conscience if he resigns from his post because of his lack of ability or leaves the party for some reason.
That those who talked about their loyalty to the cause of socialism in the past have readily become renegades of socialism is, in the long run, due to their failure to make socialism their conviction and ethics. This shows that ideological transformation for all the members of society to make socialism their conviction and ethics is the most important of tasks and should be carried out as a matter of priority in defending and completing the cause of socialism.
Ideological transformation should be conducted in close combination with the practical struggle to build socialism. The major aim of equipping the popular masses with the socialist idea is to build socialism successfully so as to provide them with a more independent and creative life, by relying on the strength of the people who have been awakened in a revolutionary manner. Without socialist construction it is difficult to conduct the work of equipping the popular masse with the socialist idea. It is only when people come to recognize the superiority of socialism through their own lives by successfully building it that they will accept it as vital to them.
The party and state of the working class should concentrate their efforts on displaying the superiority of socialism to the full by building it well.
The essential superiority of socialism lies in the fact that the popular masses are the masters of everything.
For the people to be the masters of everything they must firstly become the masters of politics. Only then can they lead a full social life as befitting masters. Socialist politics is popular politics exercised by the people as its masters. In the society of exploiters politics is, in essence, aimed at ensuring class domination by the exploiting class, and the masses of the working people are merely the objects of politics. In capitalist society the life of the people is spontaneous and led by each individual to maintain his or her own existence. But, in socialist society the people themselves are the masters of politics and organize and conduct all aspects of social life in a uniform manner.
Politics is exercised by certain political organizations. For people in a socialist society to exercise their rights and discharge their responsibilities as the masters of the state and society they must have a political organization which represents their will and interests. The representative of the people’s will and interests in socialist society is the party and government of the working class. In socialist society the working-class party is the supreme political organization and the government is the most comprehensive political organization. The position and role of the popular masses as the masters of state and society in socialist society are guaranteed by the party and government of the working class.
The political organization in a socialist society must conduct its political activities in a manner that suits its nature as the representative of the will and interests of the popular masses. Creating political methods which suit the nature of socialist society is a fundamental condition for realizing politics for the people. Even if a working-class party and socialist government have been formed the popular masses will be unable to exercise their rights and discharge their responsibilities as the genuine masters of politics unless new, socialist political methods are created.
Socialism is an untrodden path and it is extremely difficult and complicated to create new political methods inherent in socialism. In the past many people resorted to the existing theory that politics was defined by the economic system and thought that the problem of managing the state and society would be solved easily once the socialist system was established. Therefore, the problem of creating new political methods commensurate with the nature of socialist society was not solved correctly, and the remnants of the political methods from the old society revived to a considerable extent. That the remnants of the political methods from the old society were not removed from socialist society was also due to an improper understanding of the essence of the socialist political organization which was different from the political organization of the old society. In the past the party was regarded mainly as an organized detachment of a certain class which defended the interests of this class, and as a weapon in the class struggle; government, too, was considered to be a power organ for the dominating class to realize its political domination over the society. Therefore, in the building and activities of the party and government the main attention was paid to enhancing their functions and role as a weapon in the class struggle and as the executor of power. The essence of the working-class party and socialist government lies, above all, in that they serve the people. Only when the working-class party and socialist government adhere to the stand of serving the people can they conduct the class struggle and exercise political power properly to meet the requirements of the popular masses for independence. That they serve the people is the essence and superiority of the working-class party and government which are fundamentally different from the party and government of the exploiting class. In the activities of the working-class party and socialist government serving the people, even the slightest trace of seeking privilege is intolerable. In the past the abuse of power and bureaucracy were evident in socialist practice. This was because the building of the party and government was not conducted properly as required by their mission as servants of the people.
The abuse of power and bureaucracy are products of the anti-socialist idea and expressions of anti-socialist methods. If the mass line is implemented thoroughly under the correct leadership of the working-class party in socialist society so that the popular masses occupy the position of masters of the state and society and play their role as such to the full, it is possible to eliminate the abuse of power and bureaucracy. In order to eliminate the abuse of power and bureaucracy in socialist society, all officials should have the spirit of serving the people faithfully. The slogan “We serve the people!” put up by our Party clearly shows the attitude and stand officials should adopt in dealing with the people and how they should work for the people. Our experience proves that when the ideological education and ideological struggle are conducted vigorously among officials to improve their methods and style of work, it is quite possible to eliminate the abuse of power and bureaucracy which are vestiges of the old society.
Unless ideological education and an ideological campaign are conducted to put an end to the abuse of power and bureaucracy they will be fostered and grow, and not disappear. If the abuse of power and bureaucracy are allowed to grow in socialist society they will alienate the popular masses from the party and state, and the enemies of socialism will exploit this. The situation in those countries in which socialism has collapsed shows this. In every country the people demanded socialism free from the abuse of power and bureaucracy; they did not demand capitalism. But, in some countries the party and government were discredited in the eyes of the people due to the abuse of power and bureaucracy. Taking advantage of this, acts of betrayal were committed in order to instigate people to oppose the socialist ruling parties and socialist power by misleading them with the preposterous slander that socialism was “totalitarianism” and with the promise that they would be provided with “humane and democratic socialism”. What the people have got as a result of the collapse of socialism is not “humane and democratic socialism” but capitalism under which exploitation, oppression and social inequality are dominant and every type of crime and social evil prevails. In those countries where socialism collapsed and capitalism was revived the abuse of power and bureaucracy have not disappeared but have become institutionalized and legitimized and are now socially prevalent.
An intrinsic superiority of socialism lies in the fact that under it everything serves the popular masses.
That everything serves the people means that, in socialist society, all party and state activities are geared to providing the people with genuine freedom and rights as well as with an affluent and cultured life. The enemies of socialism use the vicious slander that the independent and creative life which the party and the state provide for the popular masses in a responsible manner is a “barracks-like” life.
Socialism provides the people with a rich and cultured life. The long-cherished desire of the people to live free from any worries can only be realized in a socialist society in which the party and the state take responsible care of the people’s life. In a capitalist society a carefree life for the working people is inconceivable. In this society even those who are fairly well-to-do are always fearful of sudden bankruptcy, job-loss and poverty. Living a prosperous life in idleness without any thought for others cannot be regarded as a genuine human life. A worthwhile and happy life that conforms to the intrinsic requirements of the people is a creative life which they lead to transform the world; it is a sound and equitably prosperous life which is enjoyed by every person. It is only through such a life that people can feel pride in being the masters of the world and worthy as equal members of the society. A creative, sound and equitable life which conforms with the intrinsic requirements of people can be fully put into effect only in socialist society in which the party and the state are responsible for the life of the people.
The most important aspect of people’s lives is to realize the demand of their political integrity to unite and cooperate with one another amid the love and trust of the social community. People cannot lead a life worthy of human beings and develop their political integrity in capitalist society in which the dignity and personality of the working people are trampled underfoot without scruple because of the privileges enjoyed by capital. It is only in socialist society in which every manner of privilege has been eliminated and genuine freedom and rights are guaranteed for them under the leadership and care of the party and the state that they can lead a life worthy of human beings that meets the demands of their political integrity.
Socialism provides every condition for people to lead a stable life under a well-regulated social order. The socialist order of life is revolutionary order which enables the popular masses to lead a peaceful life free from infringement, under the protection of the party and the state; it is collectivist order which is maintained by the people of their own free will. Destroying the socialist order of life is a criminal act which makes the popular masses the victims of crime and social evil. Those countries where the socialist order of life has become chaotic are now in a state of anarchy; there crime and social evil of every description are rampant and swindlers and criminals of every type are working frantically, as if their day had come.
The renegades of socialism are continuing to repeat such hackneyed expressions as “barrack-like”, the falsity of which has been clearly revealed. They are doing so in a foolish attempt to hide their treachery in making the working people the victims of unemployment, poverty, crime and social evil.
Another intrinsic superiority of socialism lies in the fact that the society continues to develop through the united strength of the popular masses.
That society develops implies that the position and role of people in the world are enhanced, and this in turn means an increase in their independence, creativity and consciousness – the attributes of human beings. In other words, it means that people’s role is enhanced in conformity with a rise in their independent ideological consciousness and creative ability, and that social wealth increases and social relations improve in keeping with the enhancement of the people’s role. Therefore, whether a society has the potential to develop depends on whether it enables people’s independence, creativity and consciousness to be displayed more fully. Independence and creativity for people are guaranteed by their consciousness. Therefore, it can be said that consciousness plays a decisive role in the activities of a human being. This means that ideological consciousness plays a decisive role in human being’s activity. Ideological consciousness reflects the requirements and interests of a human being and, as such, defines the goal and direction of his or her activities, as well as his or her will and fighting ability. Therefore, the basic factor giving impetus to social development is always ideological consciousness. The ideological consciousness which powerfully promotes social progress is independent ideological consciousness, and the ideological consciousness at the highest level of the development of people’s independent consciousness is socialist ideology. It is beyond dispute that socialist society, which is developing through the high level of the revolutionary consciousness and creativity of the popular masses who are equipped with the socialist ideology, is the society with the greatest capacity for development.
The establishment of the socialist system creates the social and economic conditions for all the members of the society to unite and cooperate on the basis of one ideology; however, unity and cooperation among the people cannot be achieved spontaneously. In order to strengthen the unity and cohesion of the whole of society, education in socialist ideology must be improved among them. In the past, however, the remoulding of people’s ideological consciousness was neglected in socialist practice because of the failure to understand that the basic driving force for the development of a socialist society lies in unity and cooperation among the people based on a high degree of ideological consciousness. In particular, there were tendencies to raise people’s enthusiasm for production by means of such economic levers as material incentives, seeking the driving force for the development of the socialist economy in adapting the production relations to the character of the forces of production. Of course, the lever of material incentives may be used in socialist society because it is transitional. But, this lever must be used on the basis of giving priority to education in socialist ideology. In other words, the principle must be maintained of putting the main stress on political and moral incentives and properly combining material incentives with them. If, instead of doing so, emphasis is put merely on material incentives, this will reduce people to egoists who seek only their own interests, with the result that society will stagnate and the foundations of socialism will be destroyed. In those countries which abandoned education in socialist ideology and encouraged egoism, the building of the socialist economy floundered and, taking advantage of this, the leadership of the working-class party and state over the socialist economy was rejected on the excuse of opposing the administrative command system and the capitalist market economy was introduced.
Political leadership and the centralized and systematic guidance of the economy is a basic task for the working-class party and state in socialist society. This is because they are in duty bound to take care of the popular masses. For the working-class party and state to abandon their function of guiding the economy means ignoring their responsibility in taking care of the livelihood of the popular masses. The way the party and state should give guidance to the economy in socialist society may differ from one country to another, according to their specific situation and the requirements of the developing revolutions, but they must on no account abandon their guidance of the economy. An economy without guidance from the working-class party and state is not a socialist economy, and the society which is not based on a socialist economy cannot be called a socialist society. How much scope is given to the superiority of the socialist economy depends on how the party and state give guidance to it. Our experience shows that the economy can be managed particularly well in keeping with the intrinsic nature of socialist society when, in the management of the economy, the collective guidance of the party committee is ensured, the mass line is implemented, political work is given precedence in all undertakings and the revolutionary method of work and popular style of work are established among officials.
The renegades of socialism are converting socialist ownership into private ownership, claiming that the “administrative command system” relies on the absolute dominance of state ownership. The socialist ownership which consists of state and all-people ownership and cooperative ownership forms social, economic foundations which enable the popular masses to occupy the position of masters of the state and society and play their role as such. It is clear that if socialist ownership is dissolved and converted into private ownership, the means of production, having been privatized, will be concentrated, sooner or later, in the hands of privileged people, speculators and a handful of other exploiters, no matter what the method of privatization may be. It is not long since privatization was carried out in those countries in which socialism had collapsed, but millionaires have already appeared while the vast majority of the working people are suffering because of unemployment and poverty. As the facts show, rejecting the guidance of the economy by the working-class party and state and doing away with socialist ownership is nothing more than reviving the capitalist exploiting system, whatever pretext may be cited.
All the anti-socialist, evil propaganda accusing socialism of being ”totalitarian”, “barracks-like” and “administrative and commanding” is nothing more than mud-slinging at socialist collectivism and the extolling of bourgeois individualism. So the struggle between socialists and the renegades of socialism is a struggle between socialism based on collectivism and capitalism based on individualism.
In order to counter the vilification by the renegades of socialism and to defend the cause of socialism, we must embody the principle of collectivism thoroughly in all areas of social life.
Collectivism is an essential quality of socialism and a source of the latter’s superiority and validity. Collectivism is, in short, the concept of valuing the interests of the collective more than one’s own individual interests. In socialist society, where all the working people have been transformed into socialist working people, the whole society becomes one big family whose members are united with one another through their common interests. Collectivism in socialist society finds expression in a high regard for the interests of the state and society. Socialist collectivism does not set the interests of the state and society against those of individuals; it ensures that they coincide. Valuing the state and society in socialist society means, in the long run, valuing the popular masses, the masters of the state and society. The popular masses are a social community composed of the working people; defending the interests of the popular masses means defending the interests of every working person, a constituent element of it. The basic requirement of socialist collectivism is for people to give prominence to the interests of the state and society and pursue their own interests within those of the state and society. Socialist collectivism is against the pursuance of only individual interests at the expense of those of the state and society, yet not against the interests of individuals. It is not socialist collectivism but bourgeois individualism that infringes upon the interests of individuals. The reactionary nature of bourgeois individualism is that it encroaches on the interests of all the working people for the sake of the interests of a handful of exploiters. It is bourgeois individualism that gives rise to conflicts and social evils in capitalist society.
Collectivism, as an ideal of socialism, has developed continuously. The establishment of Marxism was of great significance in the development of the concept of collectivism. Marxism made clear that the emancipation of humanity could not be achieved by individuals and that the exploitation and oppression of man by man could be eliminated and genuine freedom and equality for people could be realized only through the united efforts of the working class.
The great leader Comrade Kim Il Sung authored the Juche idea and, on this basis, has developed the socialist idea and brought it to perfection, thus developing the concept of collectivism at a higher level. The Juche idea contains the original concept that the makers of history who forge the destiny of humanity are the popular masses, not individuals, and that they should be combined into one socio-political organism in order to forge their destiny independently and creatively.
An isolated individual cannot become the motive force of socio-historical progress, nor have socio-political integrity as a social being with independence, creativity and consciousness. The parental organization of a person’s socio-political integrity is the social community. It is only when an individual, as a member of the social community, joins his fate with that of the community that he can have socio-political integrity which is different from the physical life and live and develop independently and creatively as the master of his own destiny.
In a social collective in which the people, the makers of history, are combined into one socio-political organism, the principle of comradely love and revolutionary obligation holds sway in the relations between individuals and between the collective and individuals, the principle of sharing life and death, and of devoted service to one another. The expression of the relations of comradely love and revolutionary obligation between the collective and individuals sharing life and death is socialist collectivism which embodies the principle of “one for all and all for one”. Our socialist society based on the Juche idea is the society in which socialist collectivism is most thoroughly embodied.
Our Party’s collectivist idea was formed during the anti-Japanese revolutionary struggle organized and led by the great leader Comrade
Kim Il Sung. In spite of the indescribably difficult circumstances the Korean communists were united firmly in one socio-political organism around the revolutionary leader and established a pattern for close ties of kinship based on collectivism between the revolutionary ranks and the people. Through two stages of social revolution in our country the social sources of the impeding of collectivist unity and solidarity among the people have been eliminated and socialist construction and collectivist education have developed in depth. As a result, all the people form a socio-political organism firmly united behind the Party and the leader, an independent motive force for the revolution, and the collectivist way of life based on comradely love and revolutionary obligation has been brought into full play in all fields of social life.
Our people are now occupying the position of masters of the state and society in all fields of social life, such as politics, the economy and culture, and are discharging their responsibilities and role as masters; they are advancing dynamically to accomplish the revolutionary cause of Juche, united single-heartedly behind the Party and the leader, sharing good times and bad with one another. The life of people must not be judged simply by its material aspect; it must be judged mainly from the point of view of its social and political aspects and of the life they enjoy as the genuine masters of the state and society. The independent and creative life our people are leading is a genuine life. It clearly displays the intrinsic advantages of the anthropocentric socialism of our own style embodying socialist collectivism.
In socialist society the people are the masters of state power and of the material and cultural wealth. So everyone has the right to enjoy an independent and creative life and is responsible for strengthening and developing it ceaselessly through a concerted effort. In our country there are no jobless people, nor anyone who cannot receive education and medical treatment, nor are there vagrants or beggars. All the people in our country are allowing their creative talents to blossom at their work places where they do jobs that are suited to their aptitudes and abilities and are leading an equitable and wealthy life without any worries; they enjoy an independent political life as the masters of society, enrolled in appropriate socio-political organizations.
In our country our Party, a Juche revolutionary party, bears the responsibility for the destiny of the people as a political guide of society, leads them forward and takes meticulous care of all aspects of their life; the Party committees, as the highest leadership bodies of the relevant units, fully ensure the independent rights of the working people through collective leadership and properly organize their creative activities. The unity between superiors and inferiors and the comradely cooperation among all have become a social trend, the custom in our country. The Party serves the people and the people, upholding the Party’s leadership, share good times and bad with one another. Herein lie the infinite pride and source of the invincible power of our people. Our socialism is unshakable, whatever the storm. This is because the single-hearted unity of the leader, the Party and the people has been realized and the people are building a new life in conformity with their independent demands under the guidance of the Party and the leader.
It is extremely foolish to slander the new life of socialism by reviving outdated ideas which have already been buried by history. The value of the new can be measured only with a new yardstick. The reality has shown clearly once again that the way of thinking of those who preach the return to the old is not new. It is ridiculous for them to talk about a new way of thinking, while being unable to distinguish collectivism from totalitarianism. It is a farce to revive capitalism while distorting the reality of socialism with an outmoded way of thinking and an old yardstick.
We must derive a proper lesson from the setback faced by socialism in some countries and resolutely reject all the slander levelled by fools, and we must advance more vigorously towards the bright future of humanity, displaying such intelligence and courage as to turn misfortune into a blessing.
Pyongyang, February 29 (KCNA) -- No force on earth can hold in check the dynamic advance of the DPRK to build a thriving socialist nation and achieve the independent and peaceful reunification of the country under the uplifted great banner of Songun.
Rodong Sinmun Wednesday says this in a bylined article.
It is thanks to the might of Songun that the DPRK has honorably defended the sovereignty of the country and national dignity, frustrating the moves of the U.S. and its followers to escalate the political and military confrontation, the article notes, and goes on:
The Songun politics helps realize the nation's centuries-old desire for a strong national power of the country, putting the national dignity and pride on the highest level.
It is under the banner of Songun that the country's national power has been placed on the highest level and the greatest heyday of prosperity in the national history spanning 5 000 years has been ushered in and the dignity and pride of the Korean nation have been fully demonstrated before the whole world.
It is by dint of the Songun politics that the Workers' Party of Korea is more dynamically pushing forward the socialist cause, bravely meeting the challenge of the U.S. styling itself the world's only "superpower".
The Songun politics helps effect a great surge not only in the military field but in the drive for building an economic power, significantly raising the position of the DPRK in the international arena.
It is thanks to the might of Songun that peace has been preserved on the Korean Peninsula and security of all the fellow countrymen is guaranteed. The adoption of the June 15 joint declaration the keynote of which is the idea of "By our nation itself" and the October 4 declaration, a programme for implementing it, is a brilliant fruition of the idea and line of the WPK for national reunification, Songun politics. After the publication of the June 15 joint declaration the national reunification movement made a steady advance along the road of independent reunification, peace and prosperity and brought about signal successes in the development of the north-south relations.
Songun politics shines as a symbol of independence and dignity. But for it, there would have been neither country nor nation.
The Korean nation is highly
Pyongyang, February 29 (KCNA) -- The U.S. and south Korea's Lee Myung Bak regime are openly justifying the Seoul "nuclear security summit".
They claim that "the summit would mark the starting point for realizing a world without nuclear weapons" and that "it would be a very hopeful option."
This is shameless sophism to cover up their true colors as nuclear criminals and their crimes and deceive the international community.
The U.S. is the world's biggest nuclear weapons state and the chief culprit which sneaked nuclear weapons into the Korean Peninsula.
The south Korean authorities are nuclear maniacs who turned south Korea into a nuclear advance base for the U.S. and the hotbed of nuclear war.
Irony is that the nuclear criminals are set to host the "nuclear security summit" in south Korea, one of the world's dangerous nuclear magazines, during the nuclear war exercises when a war may break out any moment.
The Lee group has put much effort into advertising the agenda items to justify the Seoul "summit".
The core of the nuclear security is to reduce and dismantle nuclear weapons. There can be no nuclear security apart from it.
Nevertheless, they made the transfer of nuclear materials, minimization of highly enriched uranium and other issues as agenda items and asserted that they would make contribution to building "a world without nuclear weapons ". This only reveals the deceptive nature of the "summit".
Intolerable is that the Lee group of traitors said the Seoul "summit" would be of important significance for south Korea, in particular, as it is exposed to "nuclear threat".
The nuclear threats to the Korean Peninsula come from the U.S. and south Korean authorities which are obsessed by reckless nuclear ambition.
The DPRK has become the target of the U.S. nukes deployed in south Korea and the heavy clouds of a nuclear war hang over the Korean Peninsula. This is the stark reality of the peninsula.
No other nation in the world has been exposed to longer nuclear threats than the Korean nation. The nuclear threat to the Korean people is by no means an abstract concept.
The Lee group's talk about "nuclear threat from the north" is a mockery of and insult to the Korean people and mankind who hope to see the Korean Peninsula and the rest of the world denuclearized.
It is imperative to remove the nuclear threats from the U.S. and south Korea to substantially ensure nuclear security and peace in the peninsula.
The nuclear security summit should serve as a gathering for revealing the nuclear war strategy of the U.S. and south Korean authorities from historical point of view and for withdrawing nukes from south Korea.
Without discussion of these matters, the summit will just turn to the theatre of an armchair argument and will increase nuclear threat in the peninsula. -0-
Tuesday, 28 February 2012
PROVOCATION AGAINST AMERICAN AND THREATS TO PEACE IN THE KOREAN PENINSULA
Every year the puppet government of South Korea in collusion with the U.S. imperialist government, have made provocations and attempts to invade the northern part of the Korean peninsula under the pretext of joint military exercises.
This year again, the traitor, traitor Lee Myung Bak and his command the warmonger "Nobel Peace Prize" Barack Obama has ordered his armed forces carrying out the alleged joint military exercises called "Key Resolve" and " Foal Eagle ", which is nothing but trials and war of aggression against the Republic of Korea.
These warlike actions which move and move all its military might they do every year, with the only hope to invade the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, but so far have only managed the government and the Korean people are prepared, to solidify and entrench in love for their homeland and in the decision to once again defeat the U.S. imperialists and all their allies.
The Committee of Friendship and Solidarity with the Peoples condemns and rejects the "exercises" of provocation and war Korean puppet troops and the imperial troops and fully supports the principled position of the National Defence Commission of the Republic of Korea expressed in:
1. The Korean army and people of the holy war thwarted his attempts to style a new war of the band of traitors to the nation and the warmongers of internal and external, sworn enemy of U.S. imperialism which divided into two parts to the Korean nation .
The holy war totally eliminated from this earth to the gang of warmongers Lee and internal and external to a method of warfare and powerful means of attack unknown to the world.
2. Encourage greater the just struggle of the South Koreans and overseas compatriots who have risen to end the "power" of the traitor Lee Myung Bak under the slogans "peace and war if no", "Out, Myung Bak" and " Enjuiciemos the power of Lee Myung-bak and found a new national reconciliation government.
Adding to public opinion in South Korea, the people's army and the Korean people actively orient and propel the gigantic struggle of the South Koreans and overseas compatriots, who have risen up to overthrow the "power" of Lee Myung Bak, based on the ideal to give importance and priority to the nation and the position of loving the country and the nation.
3. The statement said "We will test the warmongering Americans, accustomed to war of aggression and intervention, the real power of the guns and the war in the army and people.
It is precisely the U.S. aggressors which led to the phase of the war on the Korean Peninsula situation remains unstable that long without going to war or peace.
In addition, they are waging war on exercises in South Korea and its surroundings to confirm the possibility of carrying out its war plans for the North Korean aggression.
If maneuvers are intensified anti-DPRK war of U.S. imperialism, army and people available to enter the life or death confrontation with the U.S. and began an intense struggle to frustrate the reckless military provocations, arms increased and military exercises and maneuvers to oust the homeland U.S. occupying troops, the main obstacle to peace and security on the Korean Peninsula. "
The Committee of Friendship and Solidarity with the Peoples. Supports the South Korean people's struggle to crush the puppet Lee Myung Bak, expel U.S. imperialism and achieve Korean reunification.
Lima, Peru, February 28, 2012
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Pyongyang, February 28 (KCNA) -- Social contradictions are festering with each passing day due to the ever-widening gap between the rich and the poor in the United States apt to chant slogans "welfare for all" and "equality for all." This is deepening its crisis.
The privileged circle which accounts for just one percent of the population has about 40 percent of wealth in its possession, leading a dissipated life, while the popular masses, the majority of population, live below the poverty line.
In 2010, 2.6 million people joined the ranks of the poor in the U.S., bringing the number of the people living below the poverty line to 46.20 million. This is an all time high in 52 years since a survey of the poor was made public in the country.
With that number on the steady increase, the poor numbered as many as 49.10 million as of early in November last year.
What is noticeable is the fact that the living of the middle class population deteriorated, joining the ranks of the poor.
It is the common view of the U.S. economists that it is the first time since the worldwide economic crisis from 1929 to 1933 that the average income of middle class families reached the lowest level.
The ever-deepening crisis of unemployment is leading to a vicious cycle of poverty.
According to data available, the number of the unemployed who remained without any job for more than one year is 4.5 million or almost one third of all the unemployed.
Young people, in particular, are hard hit by joblessness.
The U.S. is now witnessing ceaseless strong protest of people from all walks of life against the corrupt society bringing only poverty and inequality to the overwhelming majority of toiling masses and the misrule of the ruling class.
That is why the scream of despair that "a class struggle is going on" is now heard from the U.S. ruling quarters. Even the U.S. chief executive deplored that this is an expression of feelings of frustration about the American society. -0-
Pyongyang, February 28 (KCNA) -- The U.S. is making desperate efforts to establish its military domination over the Asia-Pacific region.
The U.S. is contemplating dispersing its marines concentrated in Okinawa, Japan and deploying them in various countries in the region.
It disclosed its policy for dispatching its forces to different places in a secret rotating manner. Australia has already seconded it.
The U.S. is negotiating with Philippines on the issue. The U.S. laid down an orientation of dispersing and deploying U.S. marines in Okinawa in the Asia-Pacific region in a joint document agreed with Japan recently.
This reveals the criminal scenario of the U.S. to contain potential rivals and maintain and strengthen its military domination over the region by ensuring the "strategic flexibility" of its forces deployed in the Korean Peninsula and its vicinity.
The relocation of the U.S. marines is not only the transfer of aggressor forces in accordance with the new military strategy of the present U.S. administration but their forward-deployment for starting a new war.
After shifting the centre for carrying out the strategy for world domination to the Asia-Pacific region in the new defence strategy in January this year, the U.S. is busy concentrating its forces in the region in the wake of its reduction of its forces in Mideast and Europe. It is stepping up the dispersal and deployment of its marines, in particular.
The aim of the U.S. is to make an effective and proactive use of its forces for aggression in countries of the region by increasing its maneuverability, flexibility and deployment speed.
The transfer of U.S. marines is an extremely dangerous military move to fan up the atmosphere of a Cold War in the region and go unchallenged in the region.
What should not be overlooked is that south Korea is not exception in the above-said strategy.
This can be illustrated by the widespread world public opinion that "a proposal for relocating some of U.S. marines in south Korea is now under examination" and "Lee Myung Bak had already okayed it" and so forth.
As a matter of fact, the U.S. has markedly increased the number of joint military exercises with the south Korean puppet army, and their intensity since the announcement of the new defence strategy.
U.S. marines and the south Korean puppet marine corps are set to stage the largest-ever joint landing drill and field maneuvers in the waters around the five islands, the biggest hotspot in the West Sea of Korea.
This goes to prove that U.S. marines may be deployed in south Korea any time.
In case the forward-deployment of U.S. marines in south Korea in addition to the huge aggressor forces present there becomes a reality, it is bound to further strain the situation on the Korean Peninsula and the rest of Northeast Asia.
The U.S. is the arch criminal escalating the tension in the peninsula and the rest of Asia-Pacific. -0-
Monday, 27 February 2012
REJECT act of savagery AGAINST CULTURE AND FREEDOM OF THOUGHT OF JAPANESE AUTHORITIES
The Japanese authorities in a despicable act that reminds us of the Holy Inquisition, which persecuted intellectuals and scientists, seized on Friday February 24 books, magazines, recordings, study documents a group of scholars from Japan, returning a study visit to the Republic of Korea. This is a despicable attack on free thought, freedom of ideas and democracy, which can only be expected from governments intransigent enemies sectarian and cultural exchange and advancement of ideas.
But as the prosecution failed and crime against the ideas advanced in the past, as well as book burning, destruction of documents could not stop the advancement of innovative ideas and revolutionary, the Japanese government and can not all retrograde stop the spread of new ideas in the consciousness of Japanese people.
The more reactionary by preventing the entry of materials to study the DPRK, Juche Idea and shall be disclosed in the veins of the peoples of the world, enriching the struggle for sovereignty and independence.
Our solidarity with the Japanese brothers that are repressed and persecuted, by the fact that scholars and intellectuals who gathered the best of world culture and bring his research to freedom of thought and the development of world culture.
We demand the Japanese government to return all study documents the brothers who suffered an unjustifiable vexation and publicly apologize to them by the barbarity.
Lima, Peru, February 27, 2012
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Involved in the drills are U.S. troops present in south Korea and huge reinforcements from the U.S. mainland and the Pacific region along with offensive means. South Korea has already been put on a wartime posture, fanning up hysteria for war against the DPRK.
The warmongering drills have been scheduled at a time when the hard-won DPRK-U.S. talks were under way reflecting the unanimous desire of the Korean people and countries around Korea for the peace and security of the Korean Peninsula. Herein lie the brigandish arrogance and sinister attempt of the U.S.
After publishing a new defense strategy in January which envisaged giving priority to Asia-Pacific region, the U.S. has extensively increased the number and intensity of the joint military exercises in south Korea. This clearly proves that the main target of the new strategy is the DPRK and countries around it.
The U.S. strategic attempt is not only to stifle the DPRK but to put its neighboring countries under military siege and contain them in a bid to realize its wild ambition for world domination which faced serious challenge.
It seems that the U.S. thinks it can exploit the DPRK for carrying out its strategy for reinforcing military forces in Northeast Asia under the pretext of the situation of the Korean Peninsula. This is an insult to the DPRK.
The reckless war drills targeting the army and people of the DPRK, who are in the mourning period, amount to a grave provocation.
War has never been notified in advance.
The DPRK has long kept to the road of Songun in anticipation of the situation as now. It would be a mistake if one tries to rattle or test the DPRK by force.
The DPRK is fully ready for both dialogue and war.
The U.S. would be well advised to be aware that it would be left with no space for holding military exercises on the Korean Peninsula if it provokes the DPRK in an unlawful manner. -0-
It asserted mobile phone is being used as "a means for disseminating outlawed culture from outside" with its use gaining in scope.
Every piece of "misinformation" under the disguise of "local source" is peppered with contents to defame the DPRK.
This is nothing but cock-and-bull stories told by mentally deficient guys who know nothing about its society.
Korean-style socialism is a society centered on the popular masses which develops thanks to the positive role of the working people, its genuine master.
The desire and wishes of the people are fully reflected in the line and policies of the state in all aspects and they are implemented by dint of their creative energy, wisdom and resourcefulness.
It is the consistent principle of the DPRK to handle "culture from outside" with the interests of the people as standards.
The Korean people have strictly intercepted and repudiated at the doorstep anything unsound that gnaw at the sound thinking of people and hinder the genuine development of civilization of the society since the day the building of a new society started.
This principle has been adhered to by the Korean people desirous of everything progressive and noble and invariably carried forward by the younger generation, main players in the future, irrespective of any period and stage of social development.
The society in the DPRK has remained unfazed by any persistent political and military pressure of the hostile forces and any global economic and cultural turmoil because it has abided by the principle chosen by the people themselves generation after generation as their life and soul.
What is more ridiculous is that the misinformation dealt with young people in the DPRK.
They constitute the strongest national power and powerhouse for nation-building as they have sound mentality and profound knowledge and categorically reject the "fragrant wind" sent by capitalism.
Many of them volunteered to work in difficult and labor-consuming work sites by overcoming the sorrow over the loss of the father of the nation with strength and courage. Some of them died heroic deaths after saving their colleagues from the jaw of death. Society in south Korea is where material life has become deformed and spiritual and cultural life impoverished and political life reactionary under the strong influence of imperialist corrupt ideas and culture of the capitalist society which can be maintained only when the sound conscience of people is benumbed. Underwits in those societies can hardly understand the essence of the society in the DPRK and the noble spiritual world of the youth. It is the height of folly for them to talk about the young people and other people in the DPRK.
Pitiable, indeed, is the Lee group which provided a back room to hatch plots, counting on such fools. -0-
Sunday, 26 February 2012
Speech made at JISGE-ASSPUK meeting on the 70th anniversary of the birth of the great leader comrade Kim Jong Il
Friends and comrades
this seminar organised by the Juche Idea Study Group of England together with the Association for the Study of Songun Politics and progressive social scientists ,also supported by the UK Korean Friendship Association , is being held to mark the 70th birth anniversary of the great leader comrade Kim Jong Il who was not only the great leader of the Korean people but the leader of Juche idea followers throughout the world and the pivotal figure in the world's movement for independence. 70 years is a great landmark . This is also the first celebration of the birth of the great leader comrade Kim Jong Il after he passed away but this in no way detracts from the importance of the event enhances its importance. It also falls coincidentally within the year of a number of other keynote DPRK anniversaries notably the 100th anniversary of the birth of the great leader comrade president Kim Il Sung and the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the Korean People's Army the mighty sword of Songun, This year will also be the 30th anniversary of the publication of the seminal work of the great leader comrade Kim Jong Il “On the Juche Idea “.
Firstly allow me to say how shocked I was at the passing away of the great leader comrade Kim Jong Il. It was literally a bolt from the blue which no one expected , even the enemies of the DPRK admitted they did not expect it and were unaware of it until the DPRK announced it to the world. So much for their so-called intelligence .On the morning of December 19th I received a cellphone text message from a good friend which said " Very sad news. Condolences to All". I was puzzled , who could have died ?I thought . I found a radio on and switched it to Radio 4 suddenly I heard them say "death of Kim Jong Il " , what this is impossible ! , this can't be true ? I remembered that only recently the great leader comrade Kim Jong Il gave guidance to the new Kwangbok supermarket. It seemed impossible that he could die. I struggled to switch my computer on(it is quite antiquated or so I am told by the younger generation) , finally it came on and I went on to the KCNA website. There was the official announcement with a portrait of a smiling great leader comrade Kim Jong Il. I guess it becomes all the more stark when you think there here in this very room on the 19th of November we held our successful international KFA meeting and it seemed so impossible at the time that such a sad happening would occur only a month later
However we not here to mourn the great leader comrade Kim Jong Il but to celebrate his life and idea and moreover to learn from them.
Comrade Kim Jong Il was born on February 16 th at the Mt Paektu secret camp He was born within the sound of gunshots of the anti Japanese war. He was the son of the great leader comrade Kim Il Sung leader of the Korean peoples armed struggle against imperialist Japan and comrade Kim Jong Suk the woman anti-Japanese woman heroine. He was not born in a mansion or comfortable home with all conveniences but in a humble log cabin. Throughout his life he was a true son of the people and a people's leader as well as an iron-willed brilliant military commander fighting against imperialism and an incomparable theorist.
Comrade Kim Jong Il was given profound revolutionary education by his parents . At an early age he saw the great Fatherland Liberation War provoked by the US imperialists ,witnessing the brutality of the US imperialists and their 'carpet bombing'. At school he distinguished himself and went on to University. He declined the chance to study abroad preferring to study at a DPRK university, Kim Il Sung University the first ever people's university in the DPRK .Whilst studying at university like most young people of the DPRK he took part in the reconstruction of war-ravaged Pyongyang but was far too modest to make himself known to those who came to the construction site looking for him. He pledged at University to glorify Korea.
It during his university days that he delved into many deep questions and wrote many profound works. He smashed the false historiography of the West and great power chauvinists and elaborated a Juche-orientated viewpoint of the question of the unification of the 3 kingdoms. Sensing the danger posed by modern revisionism which had emerged in the international communist movement at the end of the 1950s he wrote several powerful works exposing and denouncing it . He brilliantly analysed modern imperialism in his work “. On the Special Features and Aggressive Nature of Modern Imperialism.” this work demonstrated that world imperialism was organised in a centripetal way or in a sort of pyramid structure,
The great leader comrade Kim Jong Il was involved in the work of leading both the army and the party from his twenties. The Songun (army first) revolutionary leadership started on the 25th of August 1960 when he visited the famous Seoul Guards Ryu Kyong Su no 105 tank division of the KPA , a unit steeped in revolutionary war history .
Comrade Kim Jong Il was admitted to the Workers' Party of Korea on the 22nd of July 1961 On the 19th of June 1964 he began work at the central committee of the Workers' Party of Korea. He paid close attention to cementing the monolithic ideological system of the party .
He was elected as member of the WPK CC at the Fifth Plenary Meeting of the Fifth CC in October 1972, and a secretary of the CC at the Seventh Plenum of the Fifth CC in September 1973.
As a result of his work of guiding the army and the party was was acclaimed as the successor to the great leader comrade Kim Il Sung the sun of Juche in 1974, at the 8th plenum of the 5th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea. It was at this time that he spearheaded the drive to model the whole of society on the Juche idea as well as playing a key part in the speed battle of the mid 70s which saw the DPRK's industrial output value increase by 70% .
It was around this time and in the early the 1980s that he analysed theories
about building socialism and the idea of contradiction. He refuted the wrong view held by some that contradiction was the driving force for building socialism. Instead it was the unity of the party ,masses and leader was the force driving socialist society.
In 1978 in his work “ Let Us Increase the Party's Fighting Efficiency and bring about a fresh turn in building socialism “he put forward the slogan Let Us Live Our Own Way which struck a hammer blow against the US imperialists, dominationists and revisionists who were trying to stifle Korean style socialism . He said
“Living our own way means that we think and act with our own spirit as required by the Juche idea and find solutions to all problems by our own efforts and in the interests of our revolution and our people...
The situation we are in today demands we display to a high degree the revolutionary spirit of self-reliance. At present no country is willing to help another country nor is any country in a position to help another country even should she want to”
Undoubtedly the greatest feat in the field of ideology and theory of the great leader comrade Kim Jong Il was the publication of ON THE JUCHE IDEA in March 1982 President Kim Il Sung had first elaborated the Juche idea during the years of the anti-Japanese armed struggle and later expounded it in many of his works and talks to foreign journalists . However no one had systematised or explained its profound nature with reference to philosophy. Indeed it was a pressing demand of the times that the Juche idea should be systematised In his work “ON THE JUCHE IDEA” he explained the core principles of the Juche idea and its relationship to philosophy and historiography . As this is the subject of another paper today I will not go into detail.
Comrade Kim Jong Il had been acclaimed as successor to the great leader comrade Kim Il Sung at the 6th congress of the WPK in 1980 and also elected to the Political Bureau of the WPK and the presidium of the WPK . Throughout the 1980s he guided socialist construction.
Towards the end of the 1980s and in the early 1990s a complex situation arose when socialism was frustrated in a number of countries owing to the treachery of the modern revisionists and renegades . The great leader comrade Kim Jong Il continuing and upholding the Juche revolutionary cause pioneered by president Kim Il Sung ensured the socialist Korea upheld the red flag.
He wrote many works such as “Our Socialism Centred On the Popular Masses Shall Not Perish”,“The historical lesson in building socialism and the general line of our Party”, “ Abuses of Socialism Are Intolerable “ , “Socialism is a Science” , “Giving Priority to Ideological Work is Essential for Accomplishing Socialism “ and many other works which shattered the lies and sophistries of the imperialists and traitors about socialism and firmly asserted the validity of socialism.
When the imperialists tried to impose globalisation on the world leader Kim Jong Il continuing the idea of “let us live our own way “ wrote “On preserving the Juche and national character in the revolution and construction “ he said
“In advancing the revolution and construction and developing society it is necessary to always find out one's own way and methods and rely on them. Being fond of other's style and imitating it is not the attitude befitting masters who are responsible for the destiny of the nation. It is natural to introduce what is good or developed among others' things, but it is intolerable to imitate them mechanically or consider them as their basis. The Party and people who are building socialism should not tolerate the capitalist "Western style" in managing the state and social system and organizing social life and instead apply their own style which is revolutionary and national, in all spheres of state and social life including politics, the economy and culture."
This work was a powerful manifesto against the craziness if imperialist globalisation.
During the last 2 decades the US imperialist have manoeuvred to stifle socialism in the DPRK by force as it is a model and inspiration for the world's people and , thus DPRK found itself on the front-line between socialism and imperialism. Comrade Kim Jong Il was elected as supreme commander of the Korean People's Army in December 1991 and chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK in 1993. He met the challenge of the US and other imperialists by developing Songun politics an embodiment of the Juche idea . In January 1995 he visited the Takabasol (dwarf pine tree) post of the KPA and told the officers and men that the DPRK faced a choice either submit to imperialist colonial slavery or maintain independent socialism, the way to do this is by Songun , by giving priority to the army.
. Comrade Kim Jong Il developed and expounded the Songun idea and practised Songun politics the treasured sword for independence. His Songun revolutionary leadership spanned 50 years. He made great achievements in the field of Juche army building . In the late 90s he vigourously gave on the spot guidance to army units . He travelled over 10 000 kilometres in 1996, 12 000 kilometres in 1997 and 16 000 kilometres in 1998. A phenomenal record.
The DPRK became a self -reliant socialist military power with its own independent nuclear deterrent as a result of the Songun revolutionary leadership of the great leader comrade Kim Jong Il.
The DPRK was able to face down the US imperialists in the war without gunshots against the US imperialists. If it was not for Songun politics and the leadership of the great leader comrade Kim Jong Il a war could have broken out on the Korean peninsula which would have quickly turned into a world war.
The great leader comrade Kim Jong Il made a breach in the walls of division created by the US imperialists . He ushered in the June 15 era, the era of By Our Nation Itself. Comrade Kim Jong Il not only developed theories on national reunification but developed the nation first idea and Juche-orientated theories on the nation.
The great leader comrade Kim Jong Il made a great contribution to the world revolution by rallying the world socialist forces . The Juche idea is a powerful weapon of revolutionary struggle
His Songun politics and Songun idea became a militant banner of nti-imperialism in the 21st Century.
Comrade Kim Jong Il's life was great and it is impossible to cover all his achievements within a single paper or indeed even a lengthy book. How can one sum up a theorist who wrote more than 800 works which covered a multitude of subjects from historiography to military , how can one sum up a leader who was both a great military commander and at the same time a film and opera director ? Leader Kim Jong Il was a great genius and a great leader ,for this we honour him on the 70th birth anniversary. The ideas and policies are today carried forward by his successor respected general supreme commander Kim Jong Il . Kim Jong Il ideas and achievements will live forever in the hearts and minds of the Korean people and Juche idea followers.
GLORY TO THE MEMORY OF THE GREAT LEADER COMRADE KIM JONG IL
KIM JONG IL IS IMMORTAL !
Report of ASSPUK and JISGE meeting held to mark 70th anniversary of the birth of the great leader comrade Kim Jong Il
The meeting began with a 1 minute silence in remembrance of the great leader comrade Kim Jong Il .
The chairman of JISGE made the opening speech said
"Firstly allow me to say how shocked I was at the passing away of the greatleader comrade Kim Jong Il. It was literally a bolt from the blue which no one expected , even the enemies of the DPRK admitted they did not expect it and were unaware of it until the DPRK announced it to the world. So much for their so-called intelligence .On the morning of December 19th I received a cellphone text message from a good friend which said " Very sad news. Condolences to All". I was puzzled , who could have died ?I thought . I found a radio on and switched it to Radio 4 suddenly I heard them say "death of Kim Jong Il " , what this is impossible ! , this can't be true ? I remembered that only recently the great leader comrade Kim Jong Il gave guidance to the new Kwangbok supermarket. It seemed impossible that he could die. I struggled to switch my computer on(it is quite antiquated or so I am told by the younger generation) , finally it came on and I went on to the KCNA website. There was the official announcement with a portrait of a smiling great leader comrade Kim Jong Il. I guess it becomes all the more stark when you think there here in this very room on the 19th of November we held our successful international KFA meeting and it seemed so impossible at the time that such a sad happening would occur only a month later However we not here to mourn the great leader comrade Kim Jong Il but to celebrate his life and idea and moreover to learn from them.
Comrade Kim Jong Il was born on February 16 th at the Mt Paektu secret camp He was born within the sound of gunshots of the anti Japanese war. He was the son of the great leader comrade Kim Il Sung leader of the Korean peoples armed struggle against imperialist Japan and comrade Kim Jong Suk the woman anti-Japanese woman heroine. He was not born in a mansion or comfortable home with all conveniences but in a humble log cabin. Throughout his life he was a true son of the people and a people's leader as well as an iron-willed brilliant military commander fighting against imperialism and an incomparabl
Undoubtedly the greatest feat in the field of ideology and theory of the great
leader comrade Kim Jong Il was the publication of ON THE JUCHE IDEA in March 1982
President Kim Il Sung had first elaborated the Juche idea during the years of the anti-Japanese armed struggle and later expounded it in many of his works and talks to foreign journalists . However no one had systematised or explained its profound nature with reference to philosophy. Indeed it was a pressing demand of the times that the Juche idea should be systematised In his work “ON THE JUCHE IDEA” he explained the core principles of the Juche idea and its relationship to philosophy and historiography
Comrade Kim Jong Il's life was great and it is impossible to cover all his achievements
within a single paper or indeed even a lengthy book. How can one sum up a theorist who wrote more than 800 works which covered a multitude of subjects from historiography to military , how can one sum up a leader who was both a great military commander and at the same time a film and opera director ? Leader Kim Jong Il was a great genius and a great leader ,for this we honour him on the 70th birth anniversary. The ideas and policies are today carried forward by his successor respected general supreme commander Kim Jong Il . Kim Jong Il ideas and achievements will live forever in the hearts and minds of the Korean people and Juche idea followers.
GLORY TO THE MEMORY OF THE GREAT LEADER COMRADE KIM JONG IL
KIM JONG IL IS IMMORTAL
A lecturer in economics at the University of London and former secretary of the Institute of Independence Studies spoke next . He said "It is nearly 30 years since the historic treatise "On the Juche Idea " was published by the great leader comrade Kim Jong Il. This was a summing up of the Juche Idea which had been pioneered by the great leader comrade Kim Il Sung the leader of the Korean revolution. The Juche idea is not a complex one idea but based on the concept that the masses are the masters of the revolution and construction . It rejected factionalism.
Previous theories and philsophies had failed to define the role of man in the world. Moreover bourgeois anthropology simply tries to understand man by looking back millions of years to prehistory whereas in fact the Juche idea teaches us to look at the present nature of man as a constructor of socialism and maker of revolutions . The Juche idea defines man as having independence, creativity and consciousness.
The secretary general of the JISGE, secretary of the Stoke On Trent branch of the JISGE an head of Staffordshire KFA spoke on Songun politics
"Ten years after the beginning of the Fatherland Liberation War (the Korean War) KIM JONG IL gave indepth guidance to the Seoul Ryn Kyong 105 Guards Division, by providing field guidance to the one of the first Korean Peoples Army divisions to liberate Seoul during the Korean War. KIM JONG IL emphasized the importance of arms in the Korean Revolution to the men and officers of this KPA division and to the Korean people at large. From the early 1960s to the present day KIM JONG IL has consistently stressed the vital necessity of Songun Politics for obtaining the final victory of the Korean Socialist cause.
In the course of ideological development of the Korean Revolution KIM JONG IL's announcement of the beginning of the Songun Revolutionary Leadership on August 25th 1960 was the continuation and consolidation of the positions put forward at the Kalun Meeting by KIM IL SUNG on June 30th 1930, that was where the Juche Idea was formulated. Both these dates are profoundly signficant in the evolution of the Juche Idea and of Songun Politics, which have become the cutting-edge ideology of our era."
Songun Politics have become a subject for study and emulation among diverse progressive and anti-imperialist groups across the world. In many countries around the globe ,organisations are being founded committed to the study and dissemination of Songun Politics. For instance there is the UK Association for the Study of Songun Politics, the US Songun Study Group, the Ukrainian Treasured Sword of Songun Association, the Ugandan Songun Study Association and many other groups and associations throughout the world. From the ghettoes of Bogota to the foothills of Kathmandu, the flame of Songun lit on the Mount Paektusan is now illuminating the way forward for all those fighting injustice and oppression, for independence.
The greatest memorial to the brilliant legacy of President KIM IL SUNG has been the persevation and consoildation of Korean style socialism by Chairman KIM JONG IL. Socialist Korea under the Revolutionary Songun Leadership has gained something really distinctive, that is a society which has achieved harmonious unity and a degree of egalitarianism unknown elsewhere in the world. On the Glorious 50th anniversary of the start of the Revolutionary Songun Leadership,the future for Korea is a extremely bright one under the guidance of the Great General KIM JONG IL."
A member of the audience recited a poem in praise of the DPRK.
A message to the great leader comrade Kim Jong Il was adopted by the meeting.
The meeting was informed of the hideous repressive action of the Japanese authorities against Juche idea follower. It was agreed to adopt an emergency resolution and send to the Japanese embassy.
Meeting closed at 4.45pm.
South Korean Embassy London
the UK Korean Friendship Association wishes to protest very strongly against the holding of the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle military exercises in south Korea ,consecutively from the 27th of Fiebruary until the end of April.
Given the duration and numbers of troops involved these cannot be construed by any stretch of the imagination as "defensive ". These exercises are clearly offensive and resemble the former "Team Spirit " war exercises. These exercises are basically a test for a nuclear war against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea . They aim to destroy Korean style socialism, which is a beacon of hope and inspiration for the world's people, by force .The exercises are a clear threat not only to the independence of the DPRK but also to peace on the Korean peninsula, in north East Asia and the world.
We demand the exercises are immediately cancelled. Furthermore in order to achieve lasting peace and stablity in Korea the US should withdraw its from the south of Korea and sign a peace treaty with the DPRK
They said that a Finnish figure skater who took part in the 21st Paektusan Prize International Figure Skating Festival in Pyongyang made an "apology" when she was criticized for being politically "exploited" by someone.
The Radio Free Asia said the news was carried by the Finnish newspaper Helsinki Sanomat, cribbing and distorting some parts of material. And the south Korean internet news echoed it.
It is not difficult to judge that this was another farce to slander the DPRK.
The Radio Free Asia, U.S. organization breeding plots against Asian countries under the guise of media, and anti-DPRK internet news of south Korea spread the false report by violating honor of a Finnish player.
This is another unpardonable political provocation and sordid trick to hurt the dignity of the DPRK.
Obsessed with anti-DPRK propaganda campaign, they unhesitatingly insulted the noble sports spirit of mankind and defamed the world sports festival.
As known, the Paektusan Prize International Figure Skating Festival is a universally recognized sports festival that draws world famous figure skaters and ice dancers. It is held annually in the idea of independence, friendship and peace.
Famous players come to Pyongyang irrespective of idea, political view, religious belief and social system and the number increases every year.
The tricksters tried to impair the daily growing international prestige and dignity of the DPRK and undermine the international popularity and influence of the festival.
The Finnish figure skater was used for this.
"Criticism" of her and the "worsening public opinion" were products of those obsessed with breeding anti-DPRK plots.
No wonder, she expressed "regret" at the "completely different understanding" of her participation in the festival. She said it was strange that such a "case" only happened to her.
The case gravely violated her rights and defamed the sports spirit and honor of the Finnish people.
Furthermore, it defamed the international sports circle and sports civilization.
The Radio Free Asia and the south Korean internet news are sinister plot breeders under the guise of media as they are hell bent on the plot breeding by using a sportswoman of a third country and media.
It is a disgrace for world media circle as they abuse the name of media.
It is natural that world people take no notice of them. -0
The puppet group is kicking up a racket while calling for "stop to the deportation of those defectors", claiming that dozens of "defectors from the north" are threatened to be "deported to the north" after being arrested by Chinese public security.
Traitor Lee Myung Bak, Ryu U Ik, puppet minister of Unification, and minions of the ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and "Saenuri" Party and other conservatives cried out for "handling refugees according to international norms." They are setting in motion right-wing conservative organizations and human scum to stage disgusting burlesque such as "protest" and the like.
The above-said racket kicked up by the group of traitors is an unsavory act to tarnish the high dignity of the DPRK, cover up the truth behind its allurement and abduction operations and justify its moves to escalate the confrontation as it is one more unpardonable anti-DPRK burlesque. It is, at the same time, a mean trick to drive a wedge between the DPRK and China and scuttle the efforts of the countries concerned for detente on the Korean Peninsula.
The issue of "defectors from the north" is, by nature, not an issue of refugees but a product of hostile forces' moves to slap sanctions against the DPRK and stifle it and abduct its citizens.
The puppet conservative group, in particular, enlisted brokers under the guise of human rights and religion to massively allure and abduct DPRK citizens, spending a huge amount of money. It took them to south Korea and is using them for an anti-DPRK psychological warfare.
Shortly ago, the puppet ministry of Unification disclosed its ulterior aim to step up the allurement and abduction operations, calling for "sharp increase in aid fund for the reunion of separated families through a third country."
Finding it hard to realize them as it desired in face of domestic and foreign rebuff and denunciation, the group is becoming cynical in diplomacy, absurdly decrying the north.
It is a legitimate exercise of sovereignty to handle illegal border trespassers according to laws and conventions of the relevant country and its neighboring country.
The puppet forces' smear campaign is an impertinent interference by those ignorant of neither elementary common knowledge nor international law governing relations. This only betrays their colors as confrontation maniacs.
This is, at the same time, no more than the last-ditch efforts to divert elsewhere the public criticism and thus get rid of predicament with the April "general elections" at hand.
South Koreans' grudge is now running high due to economic bankruptcy and deteriorated people's living.
Many people are committing suicides, cursing the Lee group or leaving south Korea. Among them are those allured and abducted by the puppet group from the north.
The Lee group is leaving no means untried to calm down the people's resentment and tide over crisis. It is hurting everybody like a mad dog. This smear campaign is nothing but a desperate fit.
It calls for "handling defectors from the north from a humanitarian stand," creating impressing that it is interested in the said issue but this is no more than sophism to cover up its black-hearted intention.
It is so clumsy that even domestic and foreign media dismiss the above-said racket as "one serving the purposes of the domestic and foreign policies" related to the elections.
The group is now finding itself at death's door for its confrontation with fellow countrymen and unpopular policy. It is, therefore, working hard to get rid of the predicament through the above-said racket like a drowning man trying to catch even a straw. But this will get it nowhere.
The DPRK will never pardon such provocation against ethics and international law as alluring and abducting its people, while hurting its dignity and system, and hurling them into the anti-DPRK smear campaign.
The fair-minded public at home and abroad would be well advised to clearly see through the nature of the Lee group's anti-DPRK smear campaign and vehemently condemn them. -0-
Saturday, 25 February 2012
ASSPUk and JISGE support NDC statement No Limit to Striking Intensity and Range of Our Army and People"
London 25th of February 2012
We Juche idea and Songun idea followers strongly support this statement . The Key Resolve and Foal Eagle war exercises of the south Korean puppets and their masters
the US imperialists are basically a test nuclear war, a warmed up version of the old discredited "Team Spirit " exercises that the US was forced to annul . Key Resolve andFoal Eagle are aimed at invading the DPRK , trampling its independence and destroying the Korean style advantageous socialist system centred on the popular masses.
It is the full sovereign and independent right of the DPRK to strike back against such exercises ,to launch a sacred war for total independence and reunification, a a sacred war to eliminate forever the puppet traitor Lee Myung Bak the enemy of the people and exploiter and oppressor of the south Korean people.
The US and others need to know that the "Libyan solution" will never work and the DPRK . The US imperialists have the blood of the late Colonel Gadhafi on their hands but they will never repeat this in the DPRK because under the banner of the glorious Juche idea the people are united single heartedly and single mindedly around respected General Kim Jong Un and the National Defence Commission and the WPK .
The US imperialists have been in Korea far too long, 67 years too long. It is time for them to pack up and leave.
ASSPUK and JISGE would like to reiterate our demand for the cancellation of Key Resolve and Foal Eagle and for the withdrawal of US forces from Korea.
Friday, 24 February 2012
Pyongyang, February 25 (KCNA) -- Financial and debt crises that broke out in Western countries including the U.S. are causing serious social instability and bringing to light the contradictions of contemporary capitalism.
Rodong Sinmun Saturday says in a bylined article in this regard:
The imperialist forces and the popular masses are in the relationship of extreme contradictions and hostility as they can never compromise and live in harmony with each other.
The imperialist forces are keen to maintain the old order of domination and plunder and the capitalist system to the last. The popular masses struggle to put an end to exploitation and oppression and build and develop an equal, free new order, progressive social system and socialism.
As a consequence, a revolutionary struggle of the popular masses is inevitable and bound to go on as long as imperialism exists.
The ceaseless demonstrations in modern imperialist countries are an inevitable outcome of the domination and oppression by monopoly capital.
Not only jobless people but those workers who have jobs and even middle class engaged in business having a certain quantity of property are turning out in demonstrations in Western countries including the U.S. This reality goes to clearly prove the truth of the revolution once again that there is resistance where independence is violated, and a struggle is bound to break out where there is resistance.
It is an inevitable phenomenon that a struggle against imperialism and a struggle for social progress are bound to take place in the neo-colonial countries.
The U.S. imperialists are suffering big human and material losses in face of the struggle of the resistance forces and other people in different countries including Iraq and Afghanistan and, consequently, they are finding themselves in a serious political and economic crisis.
The reality proves the truth that those who go mad with aggression and interference against other countries and nations by dint of force of arms are bound to face a stern retaliation of the people and history's punishment.
The popular masses' revolutionary struggle is the one for socialism. It is the inevitability of history that imperialism goes to ruin and socialism is sure to triumph. -0-
No Limit to Striking Intensity and Range of Our Army and People: Spokesman for DPRK National Defence Commission
Pyongyang, February 25 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the National Defence Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea issued Saturday the following statement:
The Lee Myung Bak group of traitors has embarked upon the road of kicking off again DPRK-targeted Key Resolve and Foal Eagle joint military exercises in league with the brigandish U.S. imperialists, defying strong domestic and foreign public protest and condemnation.
Huge troops of the U.S. imperialist aggressor forces and their strike means have already been deployed in south Korea and in its vicinity and huge forces of the three services of the puppet army have been put on a wartime posture.
Key Resolve and Foal Eagle are unpardonable war hysteria kicked up by the hooligans to desecrate our mourning period and an unpardonable infringement upon our sovereignty and dignity.
This is, at the same time, a blatant challenge to peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and an undisguised act of disturbing them.
The on-going development goes to prove that the Lee group which is more dead than alive, forsaken by the times, is still resorting to the last-ditch moves for war, backed by its American master.
In view of the prevailing situation, the National Defence Commission of the DPRK clarifies the following principled stand internally and externally:
First. Our army and people will foil the moves of the group of traitors to the nation and warmongers at home and abroad for a new war with a sacred war of our own style.
We have so far made every possible effort to avert a war and defend peace with a high degree of patience and magnanimity.
The Lee group and the warmongers at home and abroad are, however, unhesitatingly plunging to the road of an adventurous war, dreaming of "Egyptian style change" and "Libyan style victory", ignorant of who their rival is.
War maneuvers staged against the belligerent party are, in essence, a silent declaration of a war.
The declaration of the war is bound to be accompanied by a corresponding physical retaliation.
Now that a war has been declared against us, the army and people are firmly determined to counter it with a sacred war of our own style and protect the security of the nation and the peace of the country.
The target of this war is the Lee group and hordes of warmongers at home and abroad.
The Lee group is hordes of traitors for all ages as it is rubbing salt into the wound of the compatriots grieving over the great loss to the nation through a renewed saber-rattling, not content with the high treason it had already committed during that period.
The U.S. imperialists are the sworn enemy keen to launch another war of aggression to impose "American style political mode" upon us, not content with the painful tragedy of division forced upon our nation, the tragedy that has lasted for more than half a century.
The sacred war will make a clean sweep of the Lee group and those warmongers from this land by the war mode of our own style, our strong striking means unknown to the world.
Second. The just struggle of the people in the south and overseas compatriots will be further intensified to bring down the Lee regime under the motto of peace against war.
The Lee group is nothing but human scum which had been forsaken by all Koreans already long ago.
"Myung Bak, quit" and "Let's judge the Lee Myung Bak regime and set up a new government for national reconciliation." This is the shout of the political and social circles in south Korea and the mind-set there.
The Lee regime is little short of a ship in distress which began sinking in face of the stormy waves of the angry public.
We admonished the group enough to make it understand and set an example in the four years of its office and showed it through an actual battle what our strike that turned waters into a sea in flames.
This being a hard reality, the Lee regime is still persisting in sycophancy, submission and treachery, failing to come to its senses.
That is why we branded the group of traitors as the one which should not be let to go scot-free.
In response to the mind-set in the south, our army and people will encourage and firmly back the people in the south and overseas compatriots in their nation-wide struggle to bring down the Lee regime in the idea of attaching importance to the nation and putting it above anything else and from a patriotic stand.
Third. Our army and people will show the U.S. imperialist warmongers hell-bent on war of aggression and intervention what their arms and real war are like.
It is the U.S. imperialist aggressors who are chiefly to blame for having driven into a phase of war the unstable situation on the peninsula where neither war nor peace has persisted for such a long period. It is again those warmongers who have staged ceaseless provocative war maneuvers in south Korea and in its vicinity, pursuant to their scenarios for a war of aggression against the north to confirm their feasibility.
In view of the intensified moves of the U.S. imperialists to ignite a war against the DPRK, they will shatter reckless military provocations, arms build-up and war maneuvers with increased posture to fight a resolute battle against the U.S. and launch a struggle of high intensify to drive out of this land the U.S. imperialist aggressor forces, the main hurdle lying in the way of achieving peace and security on the peninsula.
They will always keep the bases of the U.S. imperialist aggressor forces and centers for their military operations against the DPRK within striking range and wipe them out at a single blow, should they provoke us.
Nuclear weapons are not the monopoly of the U.S. We have war means more powerful than the U.S. nukes and ultra-modern striking equipment which no one has ever possessed.
The U.S. is sadly mistaken if it thinks it is safe as its mainland is far away across the ocean.
There is no limit to the striking intensity and range of our army and people to wipe out the aggressors.
It is their unchangeable stand to show the enemy what their arms and real war are like.
The ongoing struggle to bury the group of traitors and warmongers at home and abroad is a patriotic struggle on which the destiny of the nation in the new century of Juche year hinges.
No force on earth can overpower the single-mindedly united army and people of the DPRK.
Under the leadership of the peerless brilliant commander of Mt. Paektu they will usher in a new era of national reconciliation and peace and prosperity proudly and forcefully, shattering every war move of the enemy. -0-