The North Korean Cult

It is possible that North Korea’s leader would rather be obliterated than give in. It would not be the first time that a quasi-religious movement turned suicidal.

Project Syndicate
Oct 9, 2017 · 5 min read
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In this April 16, 2012 photo, North Korean soldiers sing at the Pyongyang indoor gymnasium to commemorate late president Kim Il Sung’s 100th birthday in Pyongyang, North Korea— AP Photo/Vincent Yu

By Ian Buruma

The absurdity of the North Korean dictatorship is easy to caricature. Kim Jong-un, with his 1930s-style pudding-bowl…

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