North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il’s dead body is on display, so what better time than now to take a look at his record as ruler of the communist state. While most of the talking heads focus on the threat he posed to the rest of the world, few mention what his statist policies did to his own people.
This is a tyrant who will be remembered for his legacy of mass poverty and starvation.
When North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il died of a coronary this weekend after 17 years in power, the homuncular tyrant left his country much as he found it — poor and desperately hungry.
For the last two decades, North Korea has grappled with food crisis upon food crisis, the result of a dysfunctional government and its erratic leader. In 1994, the year Kim inherited North Korea’s reigns from his late father, the country was in the midst of a severe agricultural decline. The newly minted despot transformed it into a famine that would claim as many as three million lives. Food shortages have plagued the country ever since.
It begs the question: How did one man starve a nation of roughly 23 million people? The answer: By clinging to a broken economic system designed to do little but ensure his own survival.
Be sure to read the whole thing. A centralized economy, with top down control and no free markets doesn’t work. It’s as simple as that. Just look at this graph depicting economic growth in North Korea vs. South Korea from the 1950s until the present day provided by Dan Mitchel.
Yet people like the ladies on The View still don’t get it. Listen to these idiots. NewsBusters has the full transcript of the segment, but Whoopie Goldberg takes this cake in this clip.
No, it doesn’t matter. Because, you know, if you say that this is how our culture is and then you send your child to a Swiss boarding school- You know, this is what happens with communism. It’s a great concept. On paper it makes perfect sense. But once you put a human being in power, it shifts. We saw it in Russia, we’ve seen it all around the world. It’s nuts. But, I keep my fingers crossed.
So, she wishes them luck, hoping that Un will be better than Il because he was schooled in the West? It’s not the communist ideology that’s the problem, no it’s just the bad guy running things. That’s what they always say. Communism wasn’t the problem in the Soviet Union, it was Lenin and Stalin. Communism isn’t the problem in Cuba, it’s Fidel Castro and his brother. Communism isn’t the problem in Venezuela, it’s Hugo Chavez. They keep making excuses and it’s disgusting. It’s no better than defending Nazis.
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