May 22, 2024

Overthinking North Korea’s Juche doctrine

Lightning rod scholar Myers returns with detailed take on Pyongyang's 'official' doctrine, which Westerners consistently misinterpret

There is a passage from a famous stand-up comedy routine by Louis C.K., which aptly sums up what has been B.R. Myers' main argument for almost a decade now:

“Think America before white men came. It was just ‘Indians.’ Except that they weren’t. We call them ‘Indians’ by accident; we still do. We knew, after a month, that it wasn’t India, that the guys there were not ‘Indians,’ and 500 years on, we still call them that way! We never corrected it! We went like: 'you must be Indians,' and they went 'Uh … no, we’re not,' and we went: 'But this is India, so ... you’re Indians, right?' and they went: 'Uh ... no, dude, this is a totally different place,' and we looked at them … and we went: 'naaah, you’re Indians.'”

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