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How The DPRK Succeeds in Its Effort of Building Socialism

Ziad Shaker ElJishi, Socialist Arab Coalition of North America, Introduces material explaining the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's strategies and tactics for building socialism and uniting in Anti-US struggle!
How The DPRK Succeeds in Its Effort of Building Socialism

Arab Socialist Coalition of North America:


Songun Politics Study Group (USA)-Group for the Study of the Army-based Socialist Postulates of dear Leader KIM JONG IL, in the US:


We forward to our comrades and friends this brilliant analysis on the DPRK.

The essence of these excerpts are that US imperialism only understands the force of the gun. That the two winning strategies of the DPRK against US imperialism have been the two tenants of Juche ideology:

1.Building Socialism independently (under Korean conditions)
2.Maintaining an army first policy

The difference in the last 10yr confrontation with US imperialism and the victory of the DPRK comes from winning the ideological war.

The point on winning the ideological war is paramount to winning the building of socialism or its demise vis a vis the Soviet Union.

It is worthwhile to have this posted on our website so that comrades can educate themselves on the DPRK, and to provide our readers with more info. over what the DPRK has been winning politically in the last 10yrs over US imperialism mentioned in the last paragraph:

And considering the adoption of June 15 joint declaration between south and north Korea, the north Korea-Russia joint declaration in 2000, the Moscow joint declaration between north Korea and Russia in 2001 and the Pyongyang declaration between north Korea and Japan in 2002, though being out of the north Korea-US relation, Washington has sustained complete political defeat in the ten-year-long confrontation.

Message forwarded by comrade JP is provided below.

Ziad Shaker ElJishi

Songun Politics of north Korea

& Situation on Korean Peninsula

(Following is the gist of the e-mail interview between information director Kang Min-hwa of the Association for Korea's Peaceful Reunification in Tokyo and Director Han Ho-sok of the Unification Institute in New York, requested by the Unified Korea Institute in Tokyo, Japan.)



"2. Solution through victory in ideological confrontation

A qualitative change took place in the situation of the 1990s when a new generation appeared since Kim Jong Il propounded the theory on modern imperialism. That was the increased moves of the United States for "globalization", the inactivity of the anti-imperialist independent forces and the crisis of the Korean Peninsula.
The acute contradiction between imperialist forces and anti-imperialist forces cropped out into the Cuban Crisis in the early 1960s, and the contradiction in the early 1990s produced the crisis on the Korean Peninsula. The Cuban Crisis was not a political and military crisis between Cuba and the United States, but a crisis between the former Soviet Union and the United States. And the crisis of the Korean Peninsula is the political and military confrontation between north Korea and the United States.
The Cuban Crisis came to an end with the political defeat of the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union sustained the political defeat at last, though it had powerful potentials enough to stand against the imperialist forces both politically and militarily during the Cuban Crisis. Why? In my judgement, it was mainly because Moscow abandoned the idea of independence to fight against the threat of war. The Soviet Union, which had physical force against the United States, was shoved by the United States' offensive. It has practically proved that the essence of the issue is not the physical force and that defeat in the ideological confrontation leads to defeat in the competition of physical power.
The Korean Crisis, which has lasted from the early 1990s up to this date, is the political and military showdown between north Korea and the United States, that is, a confrontation of strength between the anti-imperialist independent forces and the imperialists. The key to victory in this confrontation is victory in the ideological confrontation. This is just the maxim of Chairman Kim Jong Il.
In the 1990s quite different with the 1960s, it was really serious matter that the anti-imperialist independent forces of the world could not unite against the imperialists' moves for invasion and war. North Korea could not but hold aloft the banner of socialism all alone. Throughout the international community there was neither ally nor supporter to north Korea in the anti-imperialist struggle. North Korean people should fight single-handed against the United States. Under that situation they needed to have new political mode and revolutionary line to further intensify the anti-imperialist struggle.
Imperialists have increased pressure upon north Korea on the plea of nuclear issue and additionally the natural disasters repeated year by year, causing economic difficulties there. The Chairman had no alternative but winning in the ideological confrontation against imperialists.
What and how should north Korea do to win the ideological confrontation against imperialists? Kim Jong Il initiated the mode of Songun politics and the line of Songun revolution as the answer to the questions.
This is just ten years since the north Korea-US showdown became acute as the former Clinton Administration of the United States raised the so-called nuclear issue of north Korea. During the period Iraq, Somalia, Yugoslav, Afghanistan and again Iraq were all ruined one after another. When those countries were being destroyed by update weapons of the United States, there were rumors that north Korea would be a next target and that another Korean War would break out soon.
But Americans did not dare to commit military attack against north Korea. Even when Pyongyang withdrew from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, reprocessed spent nuclear fuel rods and informed Americans of its nuclear program, driving them into a tight corner they did not dare to dispatch even an aircraft carrier flotilla to the Korean East Sea, to say nothing of a military attack.
It was all the United States staged an "adaptation exercise" in south Korea by dispatching a platoon of a rapid deployment corps. The platoon troops, however, were occupied of their armored cars by students under the South Korean Federation of University Student Councils and saw a US Stars and Stripes burnt, before they began the exercise in Pochon, Gyonggi Province.
Even though north Korea threatens to do nuclear weapons test or to show its nuclear program in other way, Washington is quite at a loss what to do. Americans committed military attack on Iraq even though Baghdad did not have a nuke. Why are they at a loss what to do as to north Korea threatening to do nuclear test. We should know the reason.

3. Difference between the Cuban Crisis and the Korean Crisis

In the Cuban Crisis the United States blockaded the Cuban Seas and threatened to launch a war against the Soviet Union, by taking an issue with the Soviet's missile base in Cuba. These days, however, Pyongyang maintains a tough stance that if Washington employs containment against north Korea Pyongyang will regard it as a declaration of war. The United States won in the Cuban Crisis but fails in the Korean Crisis. It is a great comparison.
What produces such a reality? What is the essence of the reality? Does Washington take generous attitude toward north Koreans? No. Americans have designated north Korea as the first and foremost target they will destroy. But they dare not attack north Korea militarily, because they have failed both in the ideological confrontation and then in the political and military confrontations.
In the Cuban Crisis the independent anti-imperialist forces failed in the ideological confrontation, but in the Korean Crisis, the imperialist forces were completely defeated.
North Korea could win tactical victories in the showdown against the United States during the past decade, for having maintained the anti-imperialist independent stance in the struggle. The struggle was always led by the Songun politics and the Songun-based revolution.
The decade-long relation between north Korea and the United States was in fact the north Korea-US showdown, that is, the ideological confrontation between socialism and imperialism. Chairman Kim Jong Il said that the confrontation with enemies is the confrontation of ideology, as well as the confrontation of military strength, that he puts emphasis on ideology even in the military build-up and military activities, that the military strike has limit in its power, but ideology has no limit and its power is more tremendous than atom bomb, and that the nucleus of the military power is the ideological consciousness of soldiers.
After the demise of the Soviet Union-style socialism Kim Jong Il published the works including "The Historical Lesson in Building Socialism and the General Line of Our Party" on January 3, 1992, "Abuses of Socialism Are Intolerable" on March 1, 1993, "Socialism is A Science" on November 1, 1994 and "Giving Priority to the Ideological Work is the Essential Requirement for Accomplishment of the Socialist Cause" on June 19, 1995.
The idea of Chairman Kim Jong Il, which runs through these theses, is that the historical experiences of the socialist construction show that the whole socialist system falls down when the socialist ideological system crumbles. Protection and development of the socialist system in north Korea is precisely the protection and development of the socialist ideological system.
The esteemed Chairman has achieved tactical victories in the confrontation by strengthening the anti-imperialist independent forces with the Songun-based revolutionary leadership and by mobilizing the power of anti-imperialist independent idea with the Sognun policy for ten years -- north Korea's secession from NPT and publication of the New York joint communique' between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the United States in 1993, adoption of the Agreed Framework between DPRK and the United States in 1994, launching of the man-made satellite "Kwangmyongsong" No. 1 in 1998, publication of the north Korea-US joint statement in Washington in 2000, complete withdrawal from NPT, reprocessing spent nuclear fuel rods in 2003 - all these can be said to be political victories of north Korea against the United States.
And considering the adoption of June 15 joint declaration between south and north Korea, the north Korea-Russia joint declaration in 2000, the Moscow joint declaration between north Korea and Russia in 2001 and the Pyongyang declaration between north Korea and Japan in 2002, though being out of the north Korea-US relation, Washington has sustained complete political defeat in the ten-year-long confrontation. "



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no war 02.Jun.2004 11:36

theresa mitchell

The US should stop threatening North Korea. The DPRK has a right to work out its society in its own way.

However, I am tired of hearing about DPRK 'socialism.' Socialism is constructed from the uncoerced participation of a fully informed population. The DPRK's hierarchy is enforced at the point of a bayonet, and free participation is unheard of if one belongs to the "disloyal" class. As a matter of fact, political power, and wealth and freedom, are restricted entirely to the royal family.

The world laughs at the DPRK's designation of itself as 'socialist.' Socialist distribution of information, wealth, and power would destroy the political structure of North Korea, and would create an entirely different society....one in which people could eat.

"The DPRK has a right to work out its society in its own way" 02.Jun.2004 13:41


Or perhaps North Korean society has an even greater right to work the DPRK out of their lives.

Rights are always a fun thing when you get to make the rules.

nice 02.Jun.2004 16:16


"Socialism is constructed from the uncoerced participation of a fully informed population."

great definition. it proves exactly why socialism will never work. spoken by a real deep thinker.

Ummm 02.Jun.2004 16:50


While I admit to being a socialist, it's because to me socialism is about ensuring that everyone has the basis needs of survival met by the government, including affordable housing, free healthcare, secondary education that's actually useful, public transportation that works, etc.

North Korea doesn't fit this definition. Have a military-based communist dictatorship is no better than having the military-based capitalist dictatorship we have here in America. They're opposite ends of the spectrum that meet in a circle, and neither one is a good society.

the most beautiful words ive ev-er heard 04.Jun.2004 20:31

jeremy ginzberg

the good old days of unreconstructed stalinism live on!
the weatherpeople thought kim was so wonderful that they took the words from west side storys "maria" and rewrote them for that socialist hero, kim il sung . everywhere rice fields flowing everywhere socialism growing.
the current despot is the worlds leading consumer of some 1000/bottle canadian whiskey. and in the fab tradition of the cult of peersonaility if something weird happens with say the weather it is reported as "due to the socialist genius of kim, we have a warm spell in april or whatever.
since either the resident or the kerrybot may want to use korea as the new iraq, its important that anybody to the left of genghis khan stop supported the evil empire over there.