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Analysis: Cult of Kim trumps N.Korea floods The personality cult… 
14th-Aug-2006 12:15 am
Analysis: Cult of Kim trumps N.Korea floods

The personality cult is the hallmark of Kim's politics. He has long relied on the cult worship to maintain his grip on power in the hermit country.

Analysts say strong cult worship has played a key role in keeping North Korea afloat, despite the global collapse of communism, the abrupt death of the founding father and the subsequent economic crisis that led to a mass exodus of refugees.

The people's blind loyalty has forced people to endure a series of hardships and prevented any dissidents from arising to espouse an alternative to the existing ruler, they say.

Finally someone who gets it right. North Korea is a cult with the dimension of a state. It drastically demonstrates that Koreans are people who are particularly susceptible for developing cults. (This does not mean that Koreans as people are worse or stranger than other people, it's probably mainly the result of their unique history and culture over many centuries. But anyway - tell me a good reason to blindly trust and obey leaders of a Korean religious group as the UBF member do.)
14th-Aug-2006 02:03 am (UTC)
Ironically, UPI is owned by the Unification Church, and the Unification Church has been cozier with N. Korea than is commonly known.
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