January 28, 2020

North Korea’s utopian sea flavor of socialism
Fisheries, ‘big hauls’ emphasis shows Pyongyang hasn’t stopped setting ambitious targets
North Korea’s 2016 50-won commemorative stamp, released on January 15, includes some classic socialist or communist developmental tropes. Ears of wheat and sweetcorn cobs are found on any number of stamps from utopia-minded nations from the last century or so, but they are not commonly joined by goats or sheep, and certainly very rarely by fish. Fish and aquaculture, as the reader may be aware,