May 23, 2024

The myth of Kim Jong Un’s absolute power

Seeing North Korea a "one-man dictatorship" is a lazy generalization

No political leader, however powerful, is completely in charge of their country.

When Kim Jong  Un is declared an ‘autocrat’ and the country over which he presides a ‘one-man dictatorship’, remember that this is a moral, not a factual statement. The fact that North Korea does not have free and fair elections, a functioning civil society, the rule of law, or a prison system which treats its inmates with basic dignity does not negate the fact that one man cannot govern alone.

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