North Korea: ‘A Nation of Starving, Impoverished Serfs’

This is so sad. People living in the communist state of North Korea are starving. The people are slaves, children beg in the streets for food. ABC News has received proof of the wretched conditions. Even members of the army are starving.

Shot over several months by an undercover North Korean journalist, the harrowing footage shows images of filthy, homeless and orphaned children begging for food and soldiers demanding bribes.

The footage also shows North Koreans labouring on a private railway track for the dictator’s son and heir near the capital Pyongyang.

Strolling up to the site supervisor, the man with the hidden camera asks what is going on.

“This rail line is a present from Kim Jong-il to comrade Kim Jong-un,” he is told.

The well-fed Kim Jong-un could soon be ruling over a nation of starving, impoverished serfs.

The video shows young children caked in filth begging in markets, pleading for scraps from compatriots who have nothing to give.

“I am eight,” says one boy. “My father died and my mother left me. I sleep outdoors.”

Many of the children are orphans; their parents victims of starvation or the gulag.

But markets do exist – private markets that stock bags of rice, pork, and corn. The state no longer has any rations to hand out.

But the state wants its share of this embryonic capitalism. …

How do they keep the people living under such inhumane conditions from revolting?

But this dynasty of dictators has proven that it is more than capable of keeping its wretched population in line through gulags, hunger and a total control over every aspect of life.

Read the whole thing.

That last line reminded a reader of something Nancy Pelosi said while visiting another communist state – China – in 2009.

“We have so much room for improvement … Every aspect of our lives must be subjected to an inventory … of how we are taking responsibility.”

She was talking about climate change. But I’m sure the progressives feel the same way when it comes to health care, redistribution of wealth, and any other topic that may come up. But we’re supposed to believe that the communism practiced in North Korea, and every other failed state where it’s been tried, is somehow different than the strain the progressives want to impose on all of us.

Update: Memeorandum now has a thread and linked.

Update: The Conservatory linked – thanks!

Atlas Shrugs linked – thanks!