The revolution will not be televised: North Korea’s support for 60s radicals | NK News
June 23, 2024
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The revolution will not be televised: North Korea’s support for 60s radicals

Many of the New Left found common ground with the anti-imperialism of Kim Il Sung

During the 1960s and 1970s, political revolution fueled by growing discontent with the war in Vietnam enveloped the United States. Students on college campuses recited quotes from Mao’s Little Red Book while radical organizations, such as the Black Panther Party, championed self-defense in their communities.

During this tumultuous period, North Korea’s independent streak and commitment to self-determination resonated with these radicals. However, it was not a one-way revolutionary street. The North Koreans hoped to take advantage of instability in the United States and reached out to various far-left groups, such as Puerto Rican pro-independence activists, white radicals, and the Black Panthers.

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