15 Feb 2010

Broadminded, Benevolence and All-embracing Love

North Korea's official website is a place I would visit often if I was searching for inspiration for a sci-fi bad guy. Here's a snippet from the news page:

"Chairman Kim Jong Il of the National Defense Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is a broadminded statesman.

His politics mirrors his broadmindedness as it is. He administers the benevolent politics and all-embracing politics which make no discrimination among all members of society, irrespective of their origin, past career, political view and religious belief.

His politics rallied the popular masses from all walks of life including workers, peasants and intellectuals, into a socio-political force. Such wonderful reality as the single-minded unity of the whole society in the DPRK is wholly attributable to his all-embracing politics[...]

Kim Jong Il is, indeed, a broadminded statesman that moves all people. It is not fortuitous that many people around the world say the land of Korea is too small for his great personality."

Even better is if you follow the link to the gift shop (other stalinist gift shops are available) where you can purchase a range of North Korean merch (note the products listed in order, somewhat unsubtly as 'Propaganda 1, propaganda 2 etc). One of my favourites is the golf shirt:

With the description that can only be described as 'aspirational':

"Tee off in casual style. Our golf-style, collared t-shirt is a comfortable, lightweight way to play 18-holes and beat the heat. Features, stylish wood-tone buttons, yet it feels like wearing your favorite t-shirt. Dress it up or down. Throw a blazer over later for country club mingling. Great for layering."


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